|Story cloths are a popular traditional
art form in Southeast Asia. Many fine examples can be found among the Laotian
and Vietnamese populations in California. The textile tradition of illustrating
stories through figures or symbols can also be seen in the U. S. European
||This version of the story cloth
was done with paper collage pasted on a table cloth. It was done by Sheryl
Corke's 6th grade class at Corte Madera Middle School in Portola Valley,
||These embroidered story cloths
use sewing techniques used by Hmong communities in Laos, Thailand and in
the United States. They were created by Donna Kasprowicz' 6th grade class
at Corte Madera Middle School in Portola Valley, California.
|Fabric story cloths
Embroidery floss (array of colors and six of each) Approximately 60(skeins?)
needed for 50 students.
Cotton fabric (prewashed and ironed) 1 ½ yards each of 3-4 colors.
Embroidery hoops (one for each of the five scenes (approx 8" in diameter)
Five sheets of art paper (12" by 12")
Tailor's pencil that washes out of the fabric
Quilter's cutting graph board and cutter. This makes it easier to cut squares
or triangles needed for the boarder. It is easier for the students to sew
squares. Triangles are a little more difficult to align when putting them
together. It is also recommended that you use a tailor's pencil to mark
a "sewing line on each square. Students just sew directly on that line.
This enables you to align rows of squares more easily when you are sewing
them across. (# of picture)
Instructions for fabric story cloths: (Under construction)
Day 1 - distribute a small piece of fabric to each student approximately
3" by 3", needle threaded with floss (use all of the strands at once),
and an individual hoop (small size with diameter approximately 3".
Have them draw an oval on the their fabric and show students how to
do the chain stitch. Diagram
Simultaneously, you need to divide the class into 5 groups. Each group
will draw one of the five most depicted scenes. Student interpretation
will vary. This is a crucial part of the process. Once those five scenes
are drawn and all to scale, they will be able to trace each figure or piece
of scenery on to a fabric panel (12" by 12") using a tailor's pencil and
placing the picture on an overhead projector or up against a window. Each
group will divide who is going to embroider what, then put each panel on