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, May 6, 2009


I had a hankering to make buttons yesterday. There was no firm idea of how they would turn out, what I was going to use or anything. When I was going through my stash I came across this beautiful lace that I received as a gift at christmas, I had totally forgotten about it but am really happy I found it. Ever conscious that the key to ditching the day job is the constant updating of your shop I have made these,
and these, my favourites, quite simple yet they show the lace off beautifully.

As I'm sure you could guess though, the hankering to make buttons led to a hankering for more cutwork, more puffs, silk beads. These aren't finished yet, merely damp stretched and ready to go.

So, not a huge amount of work but enough for a small shop update later in the week and if they don't sell then hey ho.....I have more for July so nothing lost.

Work on the order I have for the bridesmaid gift is underway, I don't want to show you that until it's a bit further on, maybe after the weekend. In the meantime I am really craving making more of these and will probably end up with bags and bags of them for the Makey Do, or bags and bags of them for the cupboard if nobody wants them. Not a problem though, I love having them around!


Jackie said...

I can just see a stall with rows of those dolls hanging up.
They really are lovely. You've hit a winner and I hope the makey do is a success. For selling (and giving up the day job)purposes I wonder if you could do some much smaller, sat handkerchief size, with just a few elements on them and sell them at a lower cost? They are so appealing. Hope you don't mind me suggesting.

Jackie said...

That should say 'say' not 'sat'

méri said...

Beautiful lace indeed.
My favourite buttons are the second ones too - just beautiful.

Helen said...

You make the most amazingly beautiful things! I would love to have a book with all your ideas and designs. You are a great teacher because I learn something new everytime I visit your blog. I have also discovered my husband has a pay pal account - we are in sooo much trouble!

Diane said...

looks like you are having fun with the lace :) Beautiful as always. Hope you have a nice and restful weekend!

Miss 376 said...

What a lovely way to use the lace, the buttons are gorgeous.

Gina said...

Given how long hand embroidery takes me I think you've been very productive. Such beautiful buttons! Adding to Jackie's comment I agree that perhaps smaller items with less work that could sell at a lower price might be a winner. Your work is exquisite and worth every penny but in my experience it's the cheaper items that sell.

jude said...

beautiful. keep a shop stocked is not as easy as it seems.

Hotter Than... said...

love the colours of this post. Reminds me of hazy Spring mornings.