A Collection of Molas

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In my last post, I shared a little bit of the projects I work on when I’m not here. One of the projects was to simply bring together this collection of molas: 

I have a quite a few other projects taking up the real estate on my cutting table, but I can’t share them with you yet. I’m really hoping that by next Friday I will get to share some really exciting news! Then you’ll all get to know what’s been taking me away from the Stash Busting Challenge. I was trying to make the two projects work side-by-side, but that’s been nearly impossible. At least on Saturday I should get my navy dot dress done though!

With all of that said, here are some individual photos I took of the molas before I turned them into a wall hanging. Some of them have clearly been done by expert hands, with tiny details and attention to measurements…

…while others are done by women with not quite as much skill.

I have a feeling that three above may have been done by very young girls. It’s something in the way the stitches are done that tells me that they weren’t quite comfortable with a needle yet. If you want to read a little bit more about the history of the mola, you could go here, or you can learn to make your own here.

This one was the only mola to have a patterned fabric used in it, and you can see it best from the back.

I wish I knew more about the stories that these were made to tell. It might say something about the colors that are chosen for certain parts of the birds as well.

This on, oh this incredible piece of work, is my favorite by far. First off, it features a creature which I thought was a rabbit, but then I saw the flaming tail, so I’m not quite sure what it could be. But, the details and stitching are absolutely outstanding! The stitches all measure at about 1/64th of an inch, and there’s too much amazing detail to see everything in this piece the first time you look at it.

I’ll have some more Stash Busting projects to share next, I promise!

  • Elsa

    I love those molas. Last fall, in Albuquerque we saw a Peruvian woman, I think, with the most beautiful molas, some that she had made herself and others from family in So. Am. It was really fun to talk with her about her work. Elsa

    • I would LOVE to meet a woman who actually makes them (these belong to a collector, not a sewer), and talk to her about her process. Looking at these tiny stitches, I can understand why they take weeks to make!

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