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, August 17, 2008

Boy, do I love my postman!!

There was more joy yesterday courtesy of my posty! I received this form saying that both my pieces had been accepted for an upcoming textile open. I am so happy about this, I honestly was so worried that my work wouldn't be accepted for loads of reasons, too big, rubbish photo's, too stiff competition, well I am now on a high, it truly made my day! So these two cloths will be on show to the whole world (well Lancashire) from september 13th. I had better check that the backs are neat!



I got slightly diverted from my creative path again yesterday. I was looking again at the lovely things Jude had sent me, I just couldn't appreciate everything with one look. When I saw these two particular pieces they were just crying out to have sections cut away and embellished.
On this photo you can see where I have cut. I have removed one of the solid areas that has 9 little circles in, edged the cut edge with buttonhole stitch and embroidered the centre with a needle weaving bar. There are quite a lot of images here but I wanted to see how it looked with different colours/patterns behind it.



On this one I cut away the little flower which is more visible in the second photo. I definitely think there are possibilities here to push this further and these little pieces will now go into my 'sketch' (that's a joke) sample book. Oh how I wish I had amazing sketchbooks.



I am working on the second panel of the crazy patchwork cloth and hope to have photos soon and there is also plenty of applique and cutwork going on so that I can expand the first panel. It's a real hive of activity here, but it's all good, I am having a ball!

10 comments:

jude said...

hey karen, first of all congratulations and then, wow, this is all so fun to watch. i like the bridges between holes.

Miss 376 said...

Congratulations, we never doubted you at all! Love the ideas you have with these pieces. Really like the needle weave bar

Gina said...

Congratulations! I love the stitching you have done here.

Threadspider said...

I'm captured by the tiny flower behind the tiny window in the bottom picture. All sorts of possibilities can be imagined.

paulahewitt said...

congratulations! I like all you experiments here

MargB said...

Lovely - and how nice to be accepted

Victoria said...

Congratulations Karen! What a thrill!
The experimentation and stitching on the new pieces is as captivating to me as everything else you do!

sparkle jars said...

This was such a fun post...love the layering of fabrics. I also loved what you did with the cotton tape...absolutely love it!

syko kajsa said...

What great news!!! Congratulations!! Great stitches as usual!

Lynne said...

Congratulations! I wish I could get to see your work in person as I'm very intrigued by it but find it hard to visualise the whole piece. Not your fault of course but photos of the whole work can't show the detail and it's hard to relate the detail to the whole piece. However, I find what you are doing very original and beautiful!