Thursday July 24th 2014

Excitement Builds for Tentmakers of Cairo Exhibition

When we began working on the North American Premiere of “Stitch Like an Egyptian: Tentmakers of Cairo” several months ago, we knew the exhibit would spark a lot of excitement. The enthusiasm and anticipation for this exclusive display continues to grow.

We’ve put together an extra special presentation for the AQS Quilt Show & Contest in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Two of the men will be surrounded by their work, and do live demonstrations of their unique appliqué techniques. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to explore the exhibition of their 95 appliquéd works of art. It’s truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Be sure to stay up to date on the exhibition and the Tentmakers of Cairo on their Facebook page. It’s a new page, and more people are liking it every day. Make sure you’re among the charter members!

Visit Tentmakers of Cairo on Facebook

The way the Tentmakers of Cairo appliqué is different from the traditional American method.

The men use very large scissors and a much larger needle than we’re accustomed to using. The image to the right shows one of the men at work in his shop in Cairo.

Can you imagine trying that yourself?

Their method of cutting and piecing is also quite different.

Instead of cutting the piece with a small seam allowance like we do; the men rough cut the pieces with their large scissors before applying it to the background.

Watching these men work is an amazing experience!

The techniques and tools are definitely different, yet they produce some astoundingly beautiful pieces of artwork. Make sure you stay tuned to learn more about the men and their work, even if you can’t make the AQS Quilt Show & Contest in Grand Rapids, MI, August 22 – 25, 2012.

We have some theories on why the techniques and tools are different, but what are yours?

Get Your Tickets at the DeVos Place Convention Center, August 22-25, 2012

 

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