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

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Back to Work!

It is good to be back on the blog! I noticed my visitors dropped dramatically whilst I was away, very scary, I may never have a holiday again! But don't tell my husband! We had a brilliant time 'down south' visiting Helen. It was so good to see her and see how happy she is in her new home. Her place is really nice, very homely with pretty little touches. So, I have a happy settled daughter. Why do I feel just a little bit down? Well, because I miss her so much, however, I will just have to get over myself won't I?
Back to reality and my latest cloth. At the moment I am applying cutwork to a very large panel of silk. I haven't put any images of that here yet because there have been a lot of similar things on here lately. By the time I have finished it though it won't really look like anything else I have made because I intend to EMBELLISH. The first step will be to add an embroidered grid to the surface. this is in recognition of running stitch, one of the basic utility stitches, and the role it has played in the lives of ordinary women for centuries. As a means of quilting, a means of repair, a means of construction........
I have been sampling ways to add these grid like lines and one of these was with my pin tuck foot on the sewing machine. This is how it looks,

and this is how it looks on the back or 'wrong' side. This is quite an interesting surface actually and I might use it in the future for something else.

These are hand stitched lines using running stitch. I know I am really predictable but I am almost certainly going to go with this. It's just such a pleasure to do and I always, always prefer to embroider by hand when I can.

Once I have completed the cutwork and the grid I intend to then applique onto that. I have ironed some vintage transfers onto silk and will use this for the applique. These transfers remind me of both my grandmothers who often embroidered onto cloth using transfers.

When this panel is finished I am going to make another, slightly smaller panel, using a different technique and join them together.
On another subject. It seems some of my images are missing from this page and have been replaced with a red x, anyone know why?


jenny said...

I just love your work, look forward to seeing more.

Ulla said...

Hi Karen, good to have you back! I checked your blog all the way and I didn't find any images missing. -Are the blue lines in your work (like the button hole on the right) the transfer lines or did you embroider them? The new piece looks very interesting.

Needles said...

Hey Karen, the red x means that for some reason or other the pictures are being blocked. It usually has to do with a virus stopper software, but it can also be because your internet provider is very busy and doesn't have enough bandwidth for you.
Check back on it tomorrow.

Love the pintuck idea.