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, March 6, 2009

My grandmother's tablecloth

It was great to spend time visiting all my favourite blogs last wednesday. It has made me determined to update my link list. Some of my favourites aren't even on there, I can't believe how long it took me to find where I had hidden them on my bookmark list. Hopefully the update will take place this weekend, there is some brilliant talent out there which needs to be shared.
This is how cushion 4 is looking now. More embellishment, damp stretched and ready for something else. You can see my tacking outlines here as I have things I still want to do with this piece.

I have a feeling this one is going to turn into more of a marathon than a sprint but when I have something in my head I just have to go with it.


Talking of having things in my head.....as I have been stitching this the words 'my grandmother's tablecloth' kept popping into my thoughts. It's not that either of my grandmother's were prolific embroiderers, they weren't, yet this work seems to fit with those words. It makes me want to create something, don't ask me what because I don't know, but I have a feeling my next piece will have a connection to my grandmother's tablecloth. That thought really excites me, ( I must need to get out more, being excited about goodness knows what!!)
It's the weekend, embroidery, embroidery, embroidery..............I can't wait!!
Have a good one!

8 comments:

Gina said...

Have a lovely weekend Karen with lots of happy stitching.

MargB said...

This cushion looks better each time you show it, Karen. Enjoy your weekend - grandma's needlework will be fun.

Miss 376 said...

The orange flowers on here remind me of those tiny iced biscuits you used to get(too tired to remember the name)They look fantastic

Kayla coo said...

The little seed stitches work beautifully in the centre of the button holes.
I will be joining you in the embroidery weekend, yipee!
M x

Diane said...
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Diane said...

This is a lovely piece KAREN. I can't wait to see you complete it!

Hotter Than... said...

Karen as always beautiful work!. I love looking at your pictures, it always fires up my imagination and enthusiasm for a day of sewing. Thank you x

Notjustnat said...

Hi Karen, I have been following your blog for awhile now and you are on my Faces and Places (link). I love your works. They are very inspiring, thanks for sharing. I do embroidery too and many other creative crafts. I wish I could keep to just one thing...! Natima