As the first in my Mola series, Molas Nouveau is my attempt at recreating this beautiful artwork within the constraints of machine embroidery. As such, the signature reverse-applique technique that is the hallmark of Mola art is replaced with a combination of conventional applique and satin stitches, while still relying on the same bold primary colors that have also become a signature of Kuna fabric art.
Until quite recently, hoop sizes for home embroidery machine limited just how large a project one could create, within the confines of a single hoop. Still, this constraint inspired me to be a bit more creative by sequencing my Mola Nouveaus as a series of patches that could be assembled into larger projects as seen here, as will on the sister page, Mucho Mola Nouveau. Of course, the instructions that come the designs show you how stitch them as patches, or not.
I also added a optional fringe component to the end of the stitch sequence, for a little extra embellishment.
Following the success of the original Mucho Molas I created this set with the added feature of individual designs of the central figure in each mola.
- Sew these as patches or directly onto your project – its optional
- The advantage of patches is they are
- easily stitched together,
- can be added to hard to hoop objects, and
- can be removed and saved if their object becomes damaged, and
- can be made into a totally molas purse and other objects like glasses cases, cases for your scissors and rotary cutters, and hot handle holders for your kitchen.
- Sew the fringe or not – It’s optional
- I made a whole set of these for the kitchen – including a hot handle cover
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