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, February 19, 2009

I'm having so much fun!

Following on from my sampling I have been making this. This piece is now finished, made into a 'product'. I don't want to show you yet because I am in the process of making another one and that will be another post for the weekend. It is such fun doing these little coloured pieces, sorting through my threads, picking colours and using cotton cloth.

I have even made some matching buttons which finish this perfectly.

This is the second one I am working on. It hasn't been damp stretched yet and the tacking outline of the design is still visible. Hopefully I will have this finished at the weeknd and then I can show you properly what I have been up to!

and rouleau loops have been made too!! It is such a long time since I made any of these and they look really good on the finished work.

Holidays are nearly over........I still have so much I want to do. There hasn't been much going on 'house' wise except the hooks for my work are hung and my pieces are all hanging safely. ( got my priorities right don't you think?) If I get a bright day at the weekend I will try and take pictures of that if only to prove I have done something to begin sorting out the mess.
Last week I sold a piece of work to Sabrina in New York. Today the hearts for my shop had rocketed and I wondered what was going on, had I been on the front page in the middle of the night or something? Well no, check this out, I am so honoured to be complimented by a curator from the American Museum of Art and Design!! In fact I am in shock and am going for a lie down in a darkened room!


Miss 376 said...

A very much deserved compliment too! The buttons are delightful, I really enjoy seeing the embroidery showing through the cut pieces, can't wait to see the end product at the weekend

Threadspider said...

Hear, hear-getting the rocognition you deserve. Those rewards will come..just keep on wanting them.

MargB said...

Tremendous - the buttons are gorgeous but then so is the rouleau (what's not to like in rouleau?) and the embroidery!

Anonymous said...

I love the colours and the flowers, the buttonns and the loops its so good to see your work progress and still be yours. Well done on the comment as well

Blog Artists said...

You are truly talented...I'm so pleased I stmbled upon your blog...will follow avidly.

Gina said...

Your work is so beautiful it is good to see you getting this recognition.

sparkle jars said...

Spring has sprung! So much beauty here! :-)

tangled stitch said...

These are really beautiful. You do beautiful work, congratulations on your sale!

green phoenix said...

Congratulations Karen, and thanks so much for the advice, it was timely and fits in with where I feel I might go next.Don't want to seem like I'm contantly moaning but feedback is wonderful.
Well done again!

x said...

Your work is so amazing it SHOULD be talked about by a curator! I love the new piece - so happy! I'm so glad you're getting your name out there more - your work is truly one of a kind and it is truly beautiful. I hope you've recovered from your shock! I've just spent the last 20 minutes getting caught up - I can't believe it's been so long since I've stopped by! That needs to change! Well, happy Feb. to you! xo, Nan

Jacky said...

Congratulations, you deservice to be showcased!!!
I love your new piece (the glimpses you are showing us that is). The rouleau loops look fantastic and those wonderful embroidered buttons. Will be back to check out the finished product.