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 29, 2008

Productive saturday!

Today has been so good. I got up really early, a major achievement at the weekeend I can tell you! I went into town, braved the millions of cars to get on the car park, bought some essentials like card, thread etc etc. Bought a couple of christmas presents, queued for what seemed like hours at every shop, came home and the sun was shining. That made the day even better.......I took some photos, yeah!
This piece of work is a gift so I am going to have to be careful what I say but I figure that you can't see the whole piece here, the intended recipient doesn't know who they are, and if I didn't show you the gifts I am making we would have another imageless post!

I have used some of the silk muslin I bought last weekend along with scraps of vintage cloth. It even has a small area of needleweaving.

and as you can see, my obsession with folding continues!

As all these gifts will need to be wrapped I also bought some lovely, lovely paper and ribbon. I have promised myself a glittery free wrapping season this christmas!


méri said...

That gift looks precious!

Ulla said...

The vintage leaf embroidery is adorable and your work once again amazing!

Kayla coo said...

Lovely Karen.
Have a great time in London, I love Portobello,there was a time when I went every weekend!A long time ago, when I lived in London.x

Jacky said...

What a very special piece Karen...a treasure for some lucky person.
I love the silk muslin. I have never heard of it/seen it before, but I am going to keep an eye out for it, I love the weave.
Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos.

Victoria said...

Looks so lovely! Someone very lucky will be thrilled, I am sure!

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