Some patchwork ….

One of the things I’ve got involved in since Christmas has been organising the crafts for Health Help International.  HHI is an organisation started by Ron Prosser, a local man who went out to Zambia a few years ago and was so appalled by the conditions he found there that he decided to do something about it.  It started by sending medical supplies and helping to set up medical centres there.  Since then they have also got involved in India, where DH went for 11 days a couple of weeks ago.    Amongst the things they do to raise money is to sell local crafts, and so I have been helping to organise these and develop this area a bit. 

They have a sewing studio in Zambia for disabled women and while DH was away I was busy making samples out of my African fabrics for Ron to take to Zambia when he goes in March for the ladies to make more of the items.  

There is a table runner:

 colourful patchwork table runner

A matching table mat:

 table mat using African fabrics in patchwork

A cushion cover:

 cushion cover in same African fabrics

A scarf, which I had made previously:

 scarf as above

And a bandanna.

 bandanna as above

I still have one of those wallhangings with pockets to put things in to make.  I’m also helping set up a website with Paypal to sell these things as an alternative way of making money, which is why I needed to know how to remove backgrounds from objects in Paint Shop Pro. 

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5 Responses to Some patchwork ….

  1. Karoda February 16, 2007 at 2:56 am #

    Very cool Liz! I love the table runner. Are the fabrics from Zambia?

  2. Sue Krekorian February 16, 2007 at 12:23 pm #

    Well, what a small world – fancy you knowing Ron Prosser as well! Ron and I used to attend the same bookbinding classes in Bristol: he’s a lovely man. Please send him my very warmest best wishes.

    I like the effect of the dark border on the table runner and table mats, by the way. Could they be made like that, too, as it seems to unify the gorgeous prints?

    Keep up the excellent work, Sue.

  3. MargaretR February 17, 2007 at 12:19 am #

    Lovely work Liz. I’m sure your Zambian ladies will enjoy making them. It is a pity if your catalogs are going to be black and white as I feel sure the items would sell far better if they were coloured and soon pay the costs of the printing.

  4. jude February 17, 2007 at 5:51 pm #

    just found your blog thru sara ….nice to see your work.

  5. Frederique February 21, 2007 at 11:40 pm #

    Beautiful fabrics, and work!