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







Saturday, November 15, 2008

Hold on tight, it's a long one!

There are lots of things to share with you today and have you noticed it's only saturday, only TWO days since my last post. I think I've got a second wind or something I am getting through so many things on my 'to do' list today. There is a bit of a story to the first few pics. My daughter went to university in 2002, consequently her room became the dumping ground. My son went to university in 2005........amazing, another dumping ground. My daughter never came home again, moving seamlessley from graduation to a job and life in London. (and yes I still miss her every minute of every day) My son graduated this summer and is now at home, (one very happy mum) that meant that dumping ground two had to be emptied for him and yes you have guessed right, it all went in dumping ground one! Now I have coped with all this dissaray, mess and confusion since july. Never being able to find anything, all my precious fabrics, finds and stocks hidden behind wieghtlifting gear, a television, a video recorder, numerous guitars, a mini drinks fridge and suitcases which remain unpacked to this day. No more, today I sorted out, are you proud of me?? I am so happy that I did because look what I found. Well I found more than this but these got me so very excited, isn't it amazing when you find beautiful things you forgot you had! I bought these three little patches at an antique textile fair about two years ago. I wish I could claim credit for their creation they are so beautiful. Definitely something else for my 'looking at' corner, never to be used.





I found these gorgeous pre wound bobbin threads and the antique needles in a bag of stuff my mum gave me ages ago.......thanks mum!






























and then I found about 200 cards which I had printed for my degree show, in a box, in a corner. These cards may have been a lucrative find, I have listed them in packs of 10 in the shop.





Dumping ground one is now looking almost immaculate, I use the word almost very loosely but believe me it's a massive improvement.
Now back to embroidery, I am trying desperately to finish this patchwork piece. I can't say too much about it but I am nearly there. I have bought the silk to finish swaddling band one and an order from the shop is almost done. What a productive week, I think I may need a lie down!




































p.s. Blogger is putting these huge gaps betwen my images, aaaaaaaaaargh! It's so annoying!!











13 comments:

méri said...

What treasures you've found! Those antique embroideries are so beautiful! If they could speak... and those bobbins look great: are they silk? I couldn't understand what is "pre wound"...
Have a great weekend!

Kayla coo said...

Karen the vintage embroidery is just beautiful, I love the sheen on the threads.
Your patchwork is looking exciting!
Oh and it is amazing what you find when sorting out.x

Miss 376 said...

After all that sorting out, I'm surprised you've had any energy left for other things. The patches are beautifully stitched and so lovely to have rediscovered them

Gina said...

What beauutiful finds! I love rediscovering things I'd forgetten about.

Ulla said...

Everyone seems to be getting their sewing rooms/storage rooms organized, and you set an example of doing it super quickly! I really must start working on my room again. Your finds look like they were embroidered with my finds from Thursday's post, lovely work and definitely not to be cut up. - The needle packings are beautiful! I don't understand your pre-wound bobbins, can you put them just like that in the sewing machine? Lovely colours in the threads anyway.

Jacky said...

What gorgeous finds, the vintage embroideries are soooo beautiful.

The needles, the bobbins, the gorgeous patches all so lovely.

Hotter Than... said...

It's wonderful when you re-discover things and what beautiful things to have found!!! I completely undertand the excitement - I'm sure it's re-ignited your imagination in ways you never expected before you started.

It must be the weekend for massive tidy ups. I'm currently working through my "to do" list. It's so satisfying to see little ticks beside jobs and fill holes in sketchbooks with things I've been meaning to print for ages.

I hope you have planned a glass of naughtiness this evening - you deserve it!

Hotter Than... said...

Btw - I know it's a cheeky request but do you about stitching used within clothing to act as a protective device. I seem to remember red being a colour sewn into garments to deflect the evil eye. I'm not sure if this isn't within Arabic traditions. Have you ever heard of this?

Kelly Fletcher said...

Sorting out a long-overdue mess has to be one of the best feelings - not as good as finishing a long-term embroidery project, but good nonetheless. Love the old bobbin box and needle case. I'm a bit of a sucker for vintage needlework items.

Diane said...

I used to use those same Flora MacDonald needs when I was stoting things. They are wonderful as they have a nice big eye and they are extra long. Both things you need when you are trying to restructure a camelhair coat with strands that are only 3 or 4 inches long!
I'm confused with the problems everyone seems to be having with blogger. I have never had a problem with them and love the interface. DO you load more than one pic at a time? I assume that must be it as others say they are loading in reverse order (hard to do if your doing it one at a time *hehe*) I guess if you are loading them all at once then they must have a bug in their picture loading software. hopefully they will figure it out shortly.

Victoria said...

Wow, who knew cleaning up could be so rewarding! It's like Christmas morning!

Threadspider said...

You really have found a second wind! Congrats on the hugely productive time you seem to be in.

sparkle jars said...

Such wonderful finds...so glad you shared them :-)