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, June 20, 2008

Progress is being made, slowly I admit, with my own personal project. I managed to get a panel of text finished and damp stretched last night, all ready for destruction (cutting up) this morning. This won't be the only piece I have to make, I've got a feeling this project is going to become a mammoth task and take an age. All the squares have to be embroidered before they are patched together and I haven't even decided how big I want this piece to be yet. Obviously as it is made with silk it can't be for everyday use but I want it visible, not in a drawer or under the bed, so I need to think about that one, size wise.




I had a little play with placement of pattern too. I am thinking that I may just have this randomly pieced, for example, no sequence of running stitch square, vintage square, text square etc etc. You will notice there is a plain square in there too, that's for another little idea I have for an extra 'something' once we get near to the end....more on that when I get there.


Now then....Interview....It seems that my interview was to assess wether I was suitable to go on a list, no job, just a list. Huge sigh of frustration.................... after careful consideration I have decided that it is better to be unemployed and maybe on a list, than be unemployed and maybe not on a list.

And I would like to wish everyone in Scandinavia and anywhere else that might celebrate midsummer a very happy midsummer day!

7 comments:

méri said...

I'm curious with those squares...
I also wish you a wonderful midsummer day

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jude said...

oh, it is coming together. do you always use silk?

Threadspider said...

Frustrating indeed-but your efforts may still lead you down interesting pathways. The silk piece is looking good already. I share your love of silk-so tactile.

Hotter Than... said...

Those blocks sound fascinating. I love looking at your work, it's so detailed and always inspires me to think in new ways.

Plays with Needles said...

I am adoring this project. I wonder how you get the text on the fabric? Do you stitch on waste canvas or do you "eyeball" it?

Victoria said...

Another fascinating, beautiful piece!
Best wishes on the job.
Hoping you were put at the top of the list!