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 was far beyond our expectations.
Jenny Bowker joined Tarek and Hosam, two of the Tentmakers of Cairo, for demonstrations and explanations of their work, surrounded by 95 appliqué masterpieces in Grand Rapids, MI. More than 21,500 attendees at the AQS Quilt Show caught a glimpse of their artistry, and fell in love. Strolling through the aisles with 95 works on display, art-lovers and quilters alike marveled at the detail of the exclusively hand-stitched quilts on canvas.
The exhibition was such a hit that we’ve added 13 more works to the collection, and are bringing it to the AQS Quilt Show in Des Moines, Iowa. For four days only, see the 108 masterpieces in Des Moines, Iowa, October 3-6, 2012.
Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to explore the exhibition of their 108 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!
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?
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!
We’ll have video demonstrations of them at work in the exhibit in Des Moines.
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 Des Moines, IA, October 3-6, 2012.