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, October 23, 2008

Decisions!

I have managed to do a small sample with some of my new fabric. This piece will be cut up, you know me I have to cut up, probably into patchwork pieces but I haven't decided yet. Please excuse the pin holes at the edge, It has literally just been unpinned from the damp stretching board and I wanted to get my pictures before the rain and dark came. This is such lovely fabric too, 100% linen, and my other new stuff is also linen, very 'domestic' but different colourways and patterning. I am truly itching to work with it all but I think I neeed to take a deep breath and think for a while.



I now have all these samples for my new series of swaddling bands. My problem, apart from not having enough hours in the day, is which one to finish first. Despite these pieces being narrow the technique used for each one is still extremely time consuming. So, I have to decide which one to finish first. Actually I don't know why I said that, I have already made up my mind, the one with the red check.












Now the next obstacle, as I may have mentioned before (doing cartwheels around the house!!!!) I am on holiday next week. Straight after work tomorrow I am going away for a few days so there won't be any embroidery happening before monday. My trip however will be a huge pleasure and I am so looking forward to it. I hope you all have a fantastic weekend and I will see you sometime next week!x



10 comments:

méri said...

So, enjoy your weekend, :))

Can we know where you got the linen?
(I'm in love with linen, always!)

Gina said...

I love that red checked linen Karen - do you mind me asking where it came from? Your pieces of stitched cloth are intriguing - don't know how you find time to do so much. have a wonderful weekend away.

Miss 376 said...

Linen has such a lovely texture to work with. Have a great weekend away

Jackie said...

I am seriously thinking of doing some damp stretching. I always machine onto stiff Vilene backed fabric becasue of the tucks issue but I had forgotten about the DS-ing. I did last for a church banner so I'm going to give it a go.Thank you for reminding me.
I remember you used to go Christmas shopping in New York..is that it?
(Do I sound like a stalker? I don't remember much but when I do, I do!)

karen said...

Jackie!! You will have everyone thinking I am some kind of millionaire!! I went christmas shopping ONCE in New York. It was an amazing trip though and I definitely aspire to do it again.

Threadspider said...

Well wherever you are going , enjoy! The grey and ed check is such a new departure. It looks seasonally warm.

Victoria said...

Lovely! Hope you have a great weekend!

Jacky said...

Mmmm... the anticipation. I cant wait to see your first one finished.

Enjoy your weekend away.

sparkle jars said...

I love the red checked linen. Everything you do is lovely. :-)

Hotter Than... said...

I love the "domestic" look of the linen. Can't wait to see more of this work, it's so inspiring to read how excited this is obviously making you.