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, May 16, 2008

I was hugely distracted from my embroidery yesterday after the postman had been. I received these wonderful transfers from Paula, so many of them and absolutely fantastic designs. There's enough here to keep me going for a long time!! Many, many, many thanks Paula, you're a star! All the way from Australia too!

Back to the latest piece...I have started to embroider on the applique panel. I am working this from the back so I can mark it out first. It will be backed with silk so these tailors chalk lines won't show on the finished cloth.

There is quite a big area to cover here so it may take some time. I am also thinking about what I am going to put with this panel to complete the cloth. I would quite like some kind of pocket, maybe a panel which folds over and fastens, I am going to have to play with some fabric to see what I can come up with. Then I have to decide on embellishment for the pocket or fold, obviously something which compliments this applique/embroidered piece.

Hopefully, (fingers crossed) I will have this piece finished by monday, it will then need damp stretching again, and if I am really lucky and work extra hard the next section will be underway.


Anonymous said...

You're welcome. The coloured emboidery looks lovely

Victoria said...

As always, fascinating and beautiful.