Well our chasing finally paid off. Our neighbour Anen mentioned he had found a lady who knew how to sew. So we asked her to visit. Her name is Nofi (not sure if that is how it is spelt) She only recently moved here from Kupang (Indonesia), where she learned sewing in high school. Her husband is the younger brother of one of our building team members, and her Godmother is the same as Sintas, so she is suitable in local terms - She has the right connections….
Anyway, she seems very friendly, seems to know Sinta a little already, and gets along quite well with her.
I apologise that the photo is such bad quality. I will try to get a better one next week.
She seems to have limited sewing skills, but Sinta is picking up on a few lacks, and training her. I taught Sinta how to do blanket stitch for the applique pictures in the cloth books. They both seem to prefer that to satin stitch on the machine.
The librarians also asked for 3 special books to give as gifts to some babies in Australia. So we personalised the titles on the front cover. They loved them. If anyone wants to order one, we can sell them for $14, and try to send them over with one of our Aussie visitors over the next few months. We sell them a bit cheaper to the library as they order bulk amounts of the same book.
Also, a question for any crafty people – We have been making up our own bias binding to bind around the outside of the cover page. Its quite thick as we use a stiff interfacing, so standard size shop bought bias doesn't fit well. Anyway, its pretty time consuming to to hand make it…it adds considerably to our costs, and reduces our small profit. All ideas welcome.