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

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Folding, pleating, stitching

I managed to locate some thread today for my new cloth. I intend to get on with that almost immediately as my deadline is looming. In the meantime, whilst I was searching for thread, I was also sampling ideas for my next cloth.
Do you remember this? Remember how I loved the form of this reverse side? Well I am sampling based on that and looking at how I can manipulate the fabric further, perhaps even embellish it before I gather it all up. I pinned this out on my ironing board. Being quite tall it kills my back leaning over the table so this is an excellent substitute.

After hemming with running stitch I pleated/folded, embroidered, (again with running stitch )down both edges of each pleat. It is going to be really interesting to see how this looks when it has all been gathered and tied.


Kaija said...

You make me want to do that too! As if I didn't have enough things to do before reading your blog today.

Your ironing board is much prettier than mine. It's covered bright green and yellow flowers, neither of the color being even remotely my favorites. And I can't wait for the new Ikea near Turku to open, I need a new work desk. I've set my eye on one of theirs that has got adjustable height. The one I have now is too tall for working sitting down and too low for standing. Maybe I just should get some pillows to sit on :)

Anonymous said...

This work is lovely, as is the pressies you gave me for my birthday, thankyou the pressies are ace, to both the etsy sellers you are ace. I will try and include you when I get the chance I am a rubbish blogger. so sorry. Jill