Wednesday December 30th 2015

One-of-a-Kind Experience

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!

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!

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.

Get Your Tickets at the Online Today – Registration Ends September 27th at 11:59 PM!


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3 Comments for “One-of-a-Kind Experience”

  • Jennifer Schmidt says:

    I was at the Grand Rapids show and this exhibit truly made the show extaordinary. Jenny Bowker’s lecture was extremely informative, funny and she had an extensive amount of information to share. Everyone was amazed with the men’s demonstrations.

    The exihit and lecture gave me an understanding and a great appreciation for a dying art, which I never knew existed.

    Thank you!

  • Elly says:

    I had the privilege of seeing these men work on their “quilts” first hand at the Grand Rapids Show! I am totally enthralled with the beauty of this technique! Had I the money, I would certainly purchase one. I was amazed at how many of the wallhangings were sold at the Grand Rapids showing. Some very lucky people will get to enjoy these works for years to come.

  • Mary-Fay Green says:

    We drove from London, Ontario to Grand Rapids, Michigan and spent two days at the show, most of which was standing in awe of the Egyptian Quilts…the colors are strong, the fabric plain(no prints or stripes etc.) and the designs totally awesome…..can AQS surpass this another year? Big shoes to fill for sure.

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