I've been wanting to show you the finished Sad girl for some time, but I never found the right moment. Now, with Dia de los Muertos upon us, I think this is the perfect time to show you Sad girl.
As you can see I pulled the fabric tight over wooden stretcher bars and stapled it in place (thank you Staple gun - a fabulous invention). I added little details here and there, like filling in the dress completely with chain stitch, filling in the roses, and adding French knots around the pajaritos:
I also added lots of white French knots to the bottom of her dress:
Why do I think this is a good time to show you Sad girl? Right after I began stitching her, I began reading books on the Juarez murders, one of which I recommend to all of you called Daughters of Juarez by Teresa Rodriguez. It's a sad book, with no happy ending, but what is sadder is that terrible violence toward women is still occurring every day in Juarez, unchecked, and it is spreading to other cities in Mexico like Chihuahua City. Very young, poor women are abducted in broad daylight, are raped and murdered, and their bodies dumped in public places. Families who try to find their children are met with indifference from the police and organizations who try to help them receive death threats. Worse still, Mexico has a 14 year statute of limitations for murder convictions, so since these killings began in the early 90's the 14 year date is approaching and unsolved cases will be closed.
I know it's a heavy topic for my otherwise happy crafty blog, which is why I waited for Dia de los Muertos. I would like to suggest, if any of you have time, to think of these women on this day when in Mexico we think of all our loved ones who have passed on. These women were loved and cared for, and many of them made the TV remotes you use to change channels or put together your stereos.
I'd like to offer this little bird design as a free pattern for anyone who opposes the Juarez violence, or violence against women in general. The words in Spanish are "Piensa en Mi", or "Think of Me" and you are welcome to embroider this or place this image on your blog in remembrance of the women of Juarez and all the mothers who are still searching for their children:
I wish you all happiness on this day and may all the memories you have of your loved ones bring you joy and not sadness. I promise more happy posts very soon!