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, December 15, 2008

Progression

The doodles have moved on a little bit. There are a lot of pictures here of a very small piece of embroidery. I have really enjoyed working this piece combining the different techniques, stitches and colours, it has given me an idea for 'swaddling band two' which I hope to start tonight. I still haven't managed to damp stretch the lining for 'swaddling band one'. I have found that when you damp stretch silk it is much better to do it in daylight, the sheen on the fabric bounces back at you in artificial light which makes it really hard to check the stretch. Hopefully I will get it done at the weekend and if I am really lucky it will all be put together before christmas.



































My weekend away was just lovely, very relaxing and just what the doctor ordered, only four days to go until I break up for two weeks holiday, I am so excited!!!!!!!!! It will probably take two weeks to catch up on all the housework but who cares....it's christmas!
I just have to share this link with you again. I put it on here last year but it is so beautiful it deserves to be seen again, thanks Gunnel!







12 comments:

Victoria said...

Of all your gorgeous work, this may be my favorite. I really like how each flower petal offers something new and special, and your stitching is perfection!

jude said...

this is really exciting. there is new found energy here.

Jacky said...

Karen this new piece is wonderful... I love the colours - you do them so well.

ShiriMe! said...

i really, really, really love the actual piece. much more than the drawing. sometimes it's hard to tell which will be better, the idea or the actual end result. in this case, the end result wins! i still, of course, remain a huge fan of your previous less embroidery work, but i like this too.

i cannot wait until i get a job so i can purchase items from your etsy shop. at the moment, i have just about enough for a bus ride, a dinner meal, and maybe some candy. :)

méri said...

Wonderfull, beautifull, pretty, pretty, pretty - I can't decide what word to choose for your work. This is a beauty, Karen!

Gunnels blog said...

Karen this new piece is sovery beautiful! I love this flower !! I remember that you enjoyed the video from Gothenburg last Christmas :-)

Miss 376 said...

I love the way all these petals and the different techniques all fit together. The colours are gorgeous

Hotter Than... said...

The colours work so beautifully and make all the petals individual yet connected. As always gorgeous.

It's interesting to see how it alters froms doodle to actual piece.

Art4Sol said...

Love how it's taking shape....each petal seems to add a different dimension. Simply beautiful.
Darlene

Kayla coo said...

I love the stitches inside the button holes, It's lovely to discover different stitches hidden in the cloth.
Have a lovely Christmas too, yipee I am off school too so hopefully more sewing.
Oh and I have listed you on my goggle reader thing.
Best wishes
Michala x

Francesca said...

it's lovely to see sketches come to life. really lovely work.

disa said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.