For centuries women have used cloth as a tool of comfort and as an expression of beauty within their homes. Creating cloth for warmth, cloth for shelter, our female predecessors embellished these linens with hand stitch using laborious and time consuming techniques thereby enhancing the functional beauty of objects which enveloped and protected their families. Inspired by these women I hope my creations pay tribute to and recognise the devotion expressed in cloth by our female ancestors .







''the use of traditional often time consuming process alludes to the devotion of a mother''. c K. A. Ruane 2007







Friday, February 29, 2008

100 Today!!!!!!

I cannot believe this is my 100th post. Where has the time gone? In honour of the occasion, as promised, I have decided to hold a giveaway. I wish I could give you all a present but as that isn't possible I have been beavering away and made two pincushions for two readers. I'm afraid the method of choosing is not very original but here goes.... leave a comment on THIS post and on wednesday 5th march I will randomly select two names...hey presto, you will receive a pincushion. I have really enjoyed making these little things, they are such a contrast to my cloths which are huge and take an age to make. I have also made another one for the shop which will go in there tommorrow and I will put some pics of it up then aswell.
These two are made using the ever present cutwork, my latest favourite technique!!



They are both backed with vintage fabric




and are almost too cute to give away! I should have made one for myself I know, but doesn't that always happen? The builder whose own house is falling down or the painter and decorator whose own walls haven't seen paint for years. I am the embroiderer who has no embroidery of her own.



I am making steady progress with my latest cloth, there will be more of that tommorrow too.

10 comments:

Camilla said...

OOH yes please! And I shall try my very best to send a postcard from Barcelona. Happy 100!

Riverlark said...

Karen, I'm so happy to have found your blog. Happy 100!
Mary

syko kajsa said...

Happy why 100! I love the pincushion with the pansies! Glad that you survived the earthquake, I would have been so scared, home alone+ loud noises is not a good combination!

Anonymous said...

lovely work dont know which pincushion i like best!

Ulla said...

Happy celebration! In Finnish we have a saying that the shoemaker's children don't have shoes, describing exactly your situation. I took my new brooch out today to the fair, and it looked very nice.

nan slaughter said...

Happy 100th post! That's a HUGE accomplishment! Being new to blogland I didn't know that those milestones were celebrated...now I'm looking forward to celebrating my 100th! Please enter me in your contest - what a lovely idea! And the pin cushions are beautiful - as is everything you do! Nan

jill said...

Happy Mothers Day, the pincushions are lovely. Congratulations on your 100th birthday

Lilith Silvermane said...

These are sooo cute! I am just learning how to sew and I would LOVE to have this in my collection (which is more of a non-collection since I am first starting out :) )

Great giveaway!!!

Kaija said...

I just wrote a comment and something funny happened. I hope it reappears.

Happy today anyway :)

Gunnels blog said...

Happy 100!!! You are so busy! Both with atitching and blogging! You are doing so wonderful thiíngs, Karen, they are beautiful! Thanks for your comment on my blog, my holiday was great, I have post some photo in my blog now!