Beauty lessons through applique

Applique is a technique of layering a piece of fabric over another to create a colorful design. It is fun and easy and all you need is a sewing machine, fabric scraps, an idea and time. The design is done using zigzag stitches to secure the fabric pieces on the desired larger fabric.

There was some silence except for the rattling of machines and scissors sound on fabrics. I had just introduced applique technique of fabric decoration. All ladies were busy trying to create designs. Evelene B  chose to do shapes for her project which she would use to teach her children about shapes and colors. She had been digging the scrap fabric box to pick colors and found beautiful pieces.

On our Women Cycle of life lesson today we continued a discussion about beauty. Our scripture reading weaved us through Luke 16:15, Proverbs 15 13, 1 Timothy 2:9-10, James 2:1-4 and James 3:17. We learnt the values of men vs values of God, cheerfulness of the heart as beauty, modesty, wisdom that comes from heaven vs earthly wisdom. This was in effort to recognize cultural standards for beauty and contrast it with God’s standards.

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But what does applique technique teach us about God and beauty? In applique you  attach a piece fabric on another to create a decorative design. In life you connect (attach) yourself to God in order to discover you purpose (You beautiful decorative design). In applique, no design goes wrong, all pieces are designed and cut by the artist according to his/her purpose.  In life, no human being is a mistake or wrong in the way they look. All people are created (designed) by God according to His purpose.

When we walk with the Lord, we are beautiful inside out!

All the ladies have been working hard to complete their applique project. The most fun part of it was the freedom to create own designs. And here is what we came up with; Pictures below

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Mary Nduta's applique project in progress

Beauty lessons : Global Bag Project : Bags From Africa

Evelene Bosibori, 'shapes' applique

Beauty lessons : Global Bag Project : Bags From Africa

Everlene Nekesa with a cross applique, a reminder of Christ's love

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Agnes' applique project in progress