Hand Sewing Lace-Juarez Mexico

I came across a very unique form of hand sewn lace as done in Juarez Mexico on Facebook by Museo Textil de Oaxaca Art Gallery and Art Museum. This is an excellent facebook page on the topic of embroidery and various hand sewing methods that are representative of that area of Mexico.

Check it out here

The Randa of needle, a variant of lace that requires a lot of precision and patience in the manipulation of the thread and the needle.

There are numerous videos on related sewing methods and traditions. Very interesting!




After many many hours of hand stitching and VERY sore fingers…..I have finished the indigo piece.




This was a very challenging piece because I didn’t like it until the last stages then I decided to add colors to the predominant white and cream color thread. I love indigo for the purity of color. I wanted to stay neutral and let the fabric and thread lead me. I was constantly thinking I should stop but I know that sometimes magic happens when you push through. I tried to decipher what was missing.  I varied the types of threads from pearl cotton fine to medium weight and then added embroidery floss. The indigo looks flat and absorbed the color of the thread. I struggled with which colors to add. I was very tempted to add red or orange and I could see that those colors would not contrast enough. The only colors I thought worked with the whites were golden yellow,turquoise, royal blue and green. Also, I discovered it is very unnatural for me to stitch freely, I constantly refer to previous stitches visually lining them up. I want to work on that tendency.


Comments and observations are always welcome.

How Handmand Goods Change the World

Any interview on ETSY: How Hand Made Goods Change the World

This is a very insightful interview. Please take a moment and read it. I found new meaning in the action and deliberateness of the process of stitching by hand. How we relate to the cloth and thread.

The Zen experience I have with hand sewing is summed up in this interview.

Do you experience these things too? Please explain.

Kantha Stitching

Don’t underestimate the simplicity of the running stitch. The basic straight stitch, like a quilting stitch. Read about this kind of stitching here: Kantha Stitching

I love the look. I have a hard time however, staying completely simple and basic. I tend to gravitate to my bold color fabrics. I am working on a piece right now that is coming along but hasn’t come to a point where I like what is happening. It is one piece of indigo and white, off white and tan thread. Using the running stitch and variations of it, have to develop. I can’t foresee how the stitches will interact until I get enough stitching done. This can create concern, because I don’t want to waste my time and effort. Right now this piece is challenging me. I am having to reconsider areas, make the stitches denser, make some stand out more than others. And, yes, I did add some color. The indigo is looking dull. So, I have drifted off once again. It happens.

I can’t post a photo of it yet. It isn’t far enough along. I will reveal it eventually.

In the meantime here is a section of another one i did a while back. I love to take pictures in the sunshine. I love the cast shadows of the stitches.

It really isn’t about the stitches….it is the effect the stitches create as they interact.

Bold Color

Bold Handwork

How I love bold colors! This piece was completed about four years ago. I go through cycles and switch from handwork and then to the sewing machine. Two different channels. This piece is contemporary with running stitches all over. Just looking at this image makes me want to do some hand work.


This is another piece from the same era.


I love the texture that develops with the running stitch. I included a piece of painted paper on the right side panel.