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







Wednesday, December 3, 2008

One secret revealed!

At last I can show you the piece I have been giving you glimpses of for weeks. This was made for Gina , as she received it yesterday it no longer needs to remain hidden! I know it looks unfinished but I can assure you the edges are neat, finished with running stitch and it is just ready for her to do with as she wishes, and thankyou so much Gina for the lovely words today.x I have also managed to finish quite a lot of these, some are gifts, some are orders. (they will be posted tomorrow...Promise!!)
















It has been a funny kind of week. Work was closed on monday because the boiler broke down so an unexpected christmas shopping trip took place along with a nice lunch which my son bought for me. Yesterday we awoke to snow, only half the kids came to school and now we are forecast terrible weather tonight, 20cm of snow so who knows what will happen tomorrow. I am loathe to tempt fate by wishing for anything but if I was to say, tongue in cheek, 'I hope I go to work in the morning,' I am sure you will understand what I really mean!!
My trip to London is nearly here and I am so excited about it, only 2 days to go. I have such plans, Designers Guild, this tempting event and a whole day with a dear friend! In the meantime I really want to finish something to show you on sunday so I am going to stop rambling on now!!
If it snows where you are please don't go out, stay home with a cup of cocoa, some cloth and some threads, most of all keep safe and spare a thought for my poor hubby who has no choice but to drive 20 miles to work!



10 comments:

méri said...

All this sounds good! except the cold and snow

Kayla coo said...

Hi Karen,I hope it snows so you can stay at home with your cocoa and sew!x

Victoria said...

Beautiful piece, and the little bobs... they are such a delight!

Ulla said...

Lovelu little snowballs! I hope the snow prevents you from going to school but not from going to London. Your program seems so exciting! Have a lovely time!

annax said...

Delicate and the prettiest ever. Such a lovely feel.

jude said...

those puffs are like candy! have a great trip...your package is in the mail, i hope you get it before you leave......

Gina said...

Thank you again for my beautiful prize Karen - I love it! The puffs are gorgeous!

MargB said...

these ar all so exciting Karen. Love the piece you sent to Gina - it is gorgeous.

Camilla said...

I'm so excited that we may actually meet! I will bring your long overdue PIF with me...or did I actually ever send that to you?

I will only be at the Craftacular until 5pm as my friend is skating in the Roller Derby in the evening and I have to go and cheer her on1

Kelly Fletcher said...

I like the touches of colour. Nice work.