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, November 13, 2008

Thankyou!!

Thanks to everyone who has helped with the blog/book problem. Lulu seems to be getting a lot of mentions so I will check that out properly at the weekend. I have a bit of an objection to paying for my blog, hence the reluctance to move to typepad or wordpress, but I have to say that image upload on blogger is becoming such a nightmare I am more tempted to move every day. I am going to give it all some serious thought, only not on a weekday because when that bell goes at 3.30 my brain dies and I become catatonic.
I had massive plans for my evenings this week, oh yes, but it's never that easy is it. The lining of swaddling band one was going to be almost complete ready for the ritual of damp stretching. No, not a chance, not enough silk, nowhere near long enough. Due to the brain problem which arises at 3.30 there was no way I was going into town shopping after work, my bones need a sofa at that time of day not a shopping centre. Saturday plan......buy some silk! All is not lost though, I have been making presents and finishing a piece ordered from the shop. By saturday night I will have started my lining, finished my order and made progress with something else which is ongoing. see, I'm not slacking, just disgracefully disorganised!




















See you at the weekend!x






11 comments:

Miss 376 said...

What beautiful embroidery. Hope you manage to get what you need at the weekend, gets very frustrating when you go to do something and you haven't got what you need

méri said...

Always beautiful your work! Have I said this before?? :)
I'm also a little tired about blogger. I have already a still private wordpress blog with some photos but I'm still learning how to... it needs lots a time...

méri said...

(sorry) I wish you good luck next weekend!

Kayla coo said...

Hi Karen,
Its not too long until the Christmas holidays, not that I'm counting! How I love to look at stitches, lovely.

Jackie said...

These photos are deee licious Karen.
I read the last post in reader so I missed the bottom half and now I'm paranoid about losing my blog. My earleir post are all saved though I started to do what Jude does quite a while ago, but then I got bored with it.
There's never a day does by that I don't thank God I'm not stuck in a classroom...but the flipside is ...no money.
Are you gong to K&S? If you go on Sunday look out for me.

Gina said...

Such beautiful glimpses of your embroidery karen

paulahewitt said...

Hi Karen - further to the blog issue. Im not sure if there are different levels of wordpress blogs- but I dont pay anything for my blog on wordpress - as far as I know it is all free. Also - I write all my posts in microsoft word, including photos and hyperlinks and upload it to my blog, so I have a copy of all my posts saved in word as well as on my blog. it is so much easier than blogger.
second: i am having a clean out and was going to toss out the rest of those blue tranfer sheets. then i thought you might want the rest of the floral ones. no obligation to reciprocate - i just thought you might appreciate then instead of the recyling bin:)
nice embroidery too, as always

Jacky said...

I love looking at your embroidery...these pictures are gorgeous, what glorious threads and love all these little sneak peaks...

Victoria said...

Your embroidery is perfection.

jude said...

i love all these detail photos, each a work of art in itself.

Julie said...

Just found you thro Jackie McCardy's blog. I upload my photos to my blog mostly thro Picasa. It's a Google thing. Picasa will only upload 4 photos at a time but I don't find it a problem. You have to fiddle about a bit if you've got loads to put up but it is do-able without too much trauma. If I can help just drop me an email.