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

Monday, October 13, 2008

Hooks, eyes & tiny text squares

The sampling of 'swaddling bands' is ongoing. With this one I have used some of my tiny text squares to form a strip. For an added edge I have embroidered grid like lines onto some wide cotton tape. I actually think this piece would look amazing if it was very, very long so I am embroidering more text as we speak in order to make a large length in this fashion.
The 'eye' pieces of hook and eye fastenings are there to mirror the protective, tight fastening that was an integral part of swaddling infants. I have been making some more rough sketches of my swaddling band Ideas, I may show them depending on how confident I feel when it comes down to the actual posting. (I have always been inadequate re sketching so there is a chance they may never see the light of day, but who knows how brave I will be feeling next time I post!!)

This close up of the patchwork stitched to the embroidered tape is one of my favourites. I really like how you can see the weave in both fabrics.

Next time I hope to have a new sample to show you involving rouleau loops. I hope I am not being too ambitious, I still have to finish the first sample. That may not happen for a while though as it will require some joining on the sewing machine. There is no way I can be bothered getting my machine out after a hard day at the mercy of the classroom!!!!!!!! It will have to be the weekend.
Can I thank all of you who have commented and e-mailed in response to my constant whining about being tired, you are far too nice. I am such a softy, millions of women have been going out to work for years and years and there's me complaining constantly after only a few weeks! Feel free to call me pathetic....I do....every day!


Gina said...

This is looking so interesting Karen. I love seeing the process evolve.

Jo said...

Hi Karen
Thankyou so much for your kind comments on my blog. Yes, I completely agree that you shouldn't divulge the actual 'meaning' of the words you use in your current embroidered pieces. What I find so soothing about the creative process, is the healing it so often brings... and for me that is usually a private affair which I rarely show on-line!!
I fully appreciate how tired you must be with working full-time again and don't think of you as 'pathetic' at all. Here's hoping that the precious moments you do manage to salvage to sew, bring not only healing but refreshment too.
Big hugs
Jo x

Miss 376 said...

I love the textural feel to your pieces, the different fabric and the words all add to this. The hooks and eyes are great. I home educate my two boys and they wear me out, never mind a class full

Needles said...

Karen, I'm not sure what others are seeing, but in your words, in your work, I am sensing a new awakening, a new sort of energy.

Is it possible that different stresors bring up different kinds of energy into our work, into our creative processes? If so, I think its going to work for you. It might slow down the physical process but that slower physical process really seems to be working.

I love the swaddling bands.

Camilla said...

I agree with needles- it seems like something has shifted in your work, I find this very exciting.

jude said...

i love how the hardware becomes soft like lace in this application.

takinanap said...

keep up the great work. i am enjoying watching your progress.

Jacky said...

The eyes and the text look great...beautiful piece.