Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A Marvellous Day

Tuesday saw all the Bitengye Designers hard at work on their placemats. They were quieter than usual, knowing that the bar had been raised, and that each would be graded on their work. They worked slowly and carefully, under the able and incredibly patient instruction of Alice, while we waited to see the results. The first to present their finished placemats were the finest seamstresses, all of whom received high marks for their work. But then their were the strugglers. As the afternoon wore on, we became more and more apprehensive regarding their work. It was almost 6:30 by the time the last three women presented their mats to Alice, Joan and myself, and we couldn't have been more astonished or more pleased. These three, whom we had even considered not inviting to the workshop this year, outdid themselves and all received passing grades. The placemats are now all a standard (and slightly smaller) size, with loose threads removed, straight edges (or just about), and with even stitching. We couldn't have been happier. I only wish you could have heard the singing and seen the dancing as all the
Bitengye women celebrated at the end of the day. It was a marvellous day indeed!!! (Pictured here are Sheilla, Stella and Liydia, putting the final touches on their placemats.)


  1. Congratulations to all of the Bitengye designers for their hard work, determination and attention to detail!!