Meet Prossy: The Leader


Prossy is a born leader.  She carries herself with a strong air of dignity and has one of the strongest wills to master her craft.  Prossy loves The Common Thread Collective because it will help her grow fat since she can afford food, and often brings her youngest daughter – Peacie – to the compound to play with us.

Prossy had some struggles once we moved to the machines from hand sewing.  She’s been using her hands her entire life for hard, manual labor.  We had to tease her that the sewing machine was gentle like a baby and not a garden shovel.  Eventually, after sticking with it, she got it.  Now, she sees the opportunity to help others struggling with the gentle touch needed to work on a foot powered sewing machine.

Isn’t she a stunner in her traditional dress?

Kitenge, Kitenge, Everywhere!


This photo was shot driving down Gulu Highway on the way to the Ziwa Rhinoceras Reserve for a Tailor’s Day Out.  No matter how many times we see Kitenge or wax printed African Fabric, they still get us excited!  Aren’t they stunning?  So many colors and fun prints to choose from!

Weapon of Choice

  What is your weapon of choice for your passion?  This is ours, a treadle sewing machine.  As we rarely have electricity and currently need to have the house rewired so more than one outlet will be functioning, these little … Continue reading

To Market, To Market

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To Market, To Market we go! In April, we celebrated the departure of our dear friend Furaha of Kikapu Designs with the final Last Minute Shoppers Market in Kampala.  Agnes went to town with Jessica to see what other projects … Continue reading