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

Friday, February 27, 2009


With the work I have been doing recently I have obviously been thinking about colour a lot. My pure white palette was in existence for so long that I had become almost ignorant of colour and its possibilities. So I searched for this book amongst the boxes and bags.....and yes...I still have boxes and bags, I'm such a tramp!! (no sorting out or organising at all this week)
I put this book together as part of my degree course. I was exploring transfer dyes for printing, attempting to come up with a unique colour palette for a project. I love this book now, at the time I hated it. It seemed so tedious mixing tiny amounts of one colour with tiny amounts of another and painstakingly recording it all. Now though I am so happy I persevered, it's a delightful record of colour. It has helped me a lot with recent work, referring to it for colour matching etc. Believe it or not I actually know some people who threw away so much work when they finished the course, how happy am I that I am not one of them. I love to be reminded of Uni and more importantly I love to be able to refer to all this work when I need to.

There really hasn't been much embroidery going on this week. I have been so tired and other stuff has needed doing. Cushion four is, wait for it, in the rubbish bin! I just didn't like how the embroidery was turning out so it had to go. All is not lost though, every negative sampling brings new thoughts and I am going to start again tonight so all is not lost. Every experience can teach us something can't it.
Have a lovely weekend, I hope to see you on sunday! x


Miss 376 said...

I imagine that a lot of people would come to regret throwing it away, it's the kind of thing that you end up needing at some time. Sorry to hear about cushion four but glad it has lead to some inspiration

Gina said...

What a wonderful resource. A shame cushion no. 4 couldn't be salvaged.

Diane said...

What a great book to have around to refer to. I would love such a thing especially when I come to dyeing. I need to start one of those....
Can't wait to see your future work in color. So far it's just been wonderful!

Victoria said...

What a fantastic treasure!

Anonymous said...

Your work is absolutely gorgeous, so delicate & beautiful.
Thankyou for sharing, I feel most inspired:)

Sweet blessings, Sarah.