About AFLE

About African Folklore Embroidery

African Folklore Embroidery is a creative needle art. It is a multi-cultural visual art using beads, buttons and fabric.

African Folklore Embroidery is for those who have never held a needle as well as for those who are experienced in stitching, quilting or other needle and fiber arts, It is for all those who love color and creativity.

Whether you are a quilting diva, embroidery queen, and appliqué princess or have never held a needle or stitched a stitch you will be stunned your results and excitement with African Folklore Embroidery

Most people will never get to experience Africa. The distance from the United States to Africa and the cost of the air ticket are enough to frighten anyone! Now, you don’t need to travel on a twenty six hour plane trip to experience Africa. You can experience Africa in America with African Folklore Embroidery.

African Folklore Embroidery is fun, relaxing and easy to do. It is the perfect TAKE-ALONG PROJECT, for airplane and car trips. Since no hoop is required and everything needed, including the needle, is in the kit, you can start and finish a design on vacation.

Unlike other needlework activities, African Folklore Embroidery does not require a high level of precision and perfection. Also, no two completed kits ever look exactly the same as each completed kit is unique, relying on each users color interpretation and imagination. The beauty of African Folklore Embroidery lies in its simplicity and individuality. There is no such thing as the wrong color and stitches do not need to be perfect. The extreme contrast of the brightly colored threads against the black fabric will make any completed kit look both striking and beautiful. I encourage people to express themselves, use their imagination, and be creative and most important, always to have fun!

Many of the designs are inspired by life in South Africa. African Folklore Embroidery needlecraft kits are for the beginner as well as the sophisticated stitcher. African Folklore Embroidery is for those who love to quilt, embroider, hand appliqué, knit and crochet. Kits include the pre-drawn design on black over-locked fabric, a needle and threads.

The threads included in the kits are hand- dyed pearl 8 and are light fast, color fast and wash fast. These threads are from South Africa and assist in creating employment for women. All the women involved in the thread dying process have been able to move from shack housing into formal housing with running water and electricity. The threads are magnificent! Every two inches you will see a color change. The extreme contrast of the bright threads against the black background will make any completed design striking and beautiful.

Find out more about African Folklore Embroidery and purchase kits and thread at aflembroidery.com

Philosophy and rules of African Folklore Embroidery

RULE #1 Whatever color you choose to stitch is the right color—there is no wrong color; if you wish to stitch your giraffes pink or your sun blue—go for it!

RULE #2 your stitches do not need to be perfect—there are no needle art police who are going to come and inspect your work! Life is not perfect! You will be pleasantly surprised how stunning your design will look with imperfections.

RULE #3 the needles are only to be used for stitching, No poking anyone or sewing yourself! Always secure your needle when you are done stitching or changing thread colors.


RULE #5 have fun—you are creating a visual art, a fiber art, a wearable art.

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(Almost) All is revealed.

So now I can reveal what I have been working on for the last few weeks. I was asked to tape three new segments for the 1400 series of Quilting Arts TV and after a couple of conversations and a few e-mails back and forth we had a plan! I have been devising some cute projects and stitching lots of step outs, hoping it would all be alright on the night…

Tuesday morning found me in make-up.

DSC07492 I always forget how grey my hair is until I see a picture like that one.

Cheryl was up first so I was able to relax and watch her on the screen. Here she is enjoying some Sharpie fun with Susan, the new host of QATV.

DSC07496 My trays were looked over and organized. I had three trays this time.

DSC07499 DSC07500 DSC07501 Cheryl’s segments all done it was time for lunch. Then, after all the waiting, all of a sudden I was on… Things happen so quickly but we did remember to snap a few pics on set.

Here we are sitting together, very graciously, on the sofa. My machine quilting samples are set up in the front.

DSC07512Cheryl went back to the green room and took this one of me waiting to be joined by Susan. That’s a great blouse from dream on. (thanks Bridget!)

DSC07517 The segment was all about quilting with the walking foot. Here I am in action at the machine..

DSC07525 We changed our clothes between each segment. That makes for a lot of work for the sound guy, finding somewhere safe for the microphone each time.

DSC07531 Susan and I were all smiles before the second segment.

DSC07533 Here’s my view from behind the table.

DSC07535 And here we are in action. I made paper foundation pieced blocks for a pin quilt.

DSC07544 Vivika joined us for a photograph before my third project. Looking great?

DSC07549 And here I am with my clamshell paper pieces for an english paper piecing segment.

DSC07555 My pillows looked good on this white chair!

DSC07565And that was that! Cheryl had some more taping to do so I learnt lots watching her at work. Meanwhile it snowed!


The little bit of the white stuff was not enough to deter us from a final dinner out with the gang. We made a quick stop in at the studio on Wednesday morning, just to discuss a few details for future adventures…

The drive home was uneventful with Cheryl at the wheel. No sleeping this time as we shared our experiences and discussed our plans. There’ll be no slowing down any time soon!

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