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 10, 2008

Sharing gifts and doodles

I thought it was about time I shared the gifts I have received recently. At the risk of over using the words gorgeous, amazing, beautiful and lovely I will say it here, all these things can be described in that way as can the people who gave them to me! Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou.....
This is a terrible photo but the best I could get. It is a glass bauble for the christmas tree, where it sits in pride of place as we speak, Marimekko, decorated with what I am reliably informed are 'lumimarja' that's Finnish for snow berry. I received this from Kaija, with whom I had the most amazing day in London last saturday. My Marimekko obsession was also catered for with these other lovely, gorgeous, amazing things (See, I can't be trusted, over use of the said words!) Which are from Kaija again and Ulla, her equally amazing mum.

Then I came home to a new friend, hand made, hand painted and again beautiful, amazing and gorgeous!! Thanks so much Nicola!

Yes, there's more! How pretty is this picture?? and all this fabric from Jude, wow!

Last but not least....when I was in London I was lucky enough to meet Camilla, Hi again!! It was great to finally put a face to the e-mails and I adore my badge.

Now I agonised before I posted the next pics, boy did I agonise, infact i'm still agonising now in a hiding behind the sofa kind of way. I have been thinking lately about adding more actual surface embroidery to my work. Continue with the techniques, cutwork, applique, patchwork etc etc but wondered about adding another dimension to all that with more actual embroidery. So I doodled, they looked good on the paper, not so good in camera mode and the colours are way wrong but as I don't have any stitching to show you I didn't want you to think I am just sitting here counting my gifts!! I am thinking, hopefully moving forward and this is where I am on that path. I have completed the lining for 'swaddling band one' but as yet it remains unstretched. Don't judge me, this is the woman who hasn't even bought her christmas cards yet. I am going away again this weekend, not in a jet setting kind of way, just a small break to unwind with my hubby, but it's much needed. So I'm not sure where the embroidery will fit into that and of course I really do need to buy some christmas cards!! So I will be back with embroidery, I just can't promise you how much embroidery there will be.
Be well and happy!x


jude said...

i love the doodle!

Victoria said...

Great gifts, and lovely embroidery idea sketches! Enjoy your weekend getaway!

Ulla said...

The new designs look very promising! Have a wonderful weekend.

Gina said...

Some wonderful gifts! I like your doodles and designs but I can't imagine you would make anything that wasn't beautiful! Have a well deserved break - no one will notice if they haven't got a Christmas card!

Jacky said...

Wonderful post...I love seeing all of your beautiful gifts, so heartwarming how generous the blogging community is.

Your doodles are great...and definately show your mind has been very active. Thanks for sharing them with us.

Enjoy your weekend away with your husband.

Jacky xox

p.s. havent done my Christmas cards this year or even put my tree up yet!!! Whats happening?

Miss 376 said...

Love the doodles. Enjoy your weekend

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Hotter Than... said...

The doodles are great. Th joy of doodling is the element of play - so the colour may not be bang on etc but it'll be a different matter when you put needle to fabric!

Hope you enjoyed a much deserved break.