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







Saturday, June 6, 2009

I told you there was more...

Welcome to the production line! Funky puffs anyone?? I think I will be making these in my sleep soon. It's so hard to know how much is enough? how much is too much? There are so many things I want to make for July I am considering child labour! It was my intention to show you something different today, something subtle, muted. I am aware that you are going to get very bored with looking at these soon. What can I do, I hadn't realised how intense and repetitive it could get making for something like this, a totally new venture for me. None of this relaxed, liesurely, no pressure production. Don't get me wrong I am loving the adventure, just apoplectic with fear that my stand will be more of a minimalist wasteland! Anyway, back to the subtle and muted. It is finished, unfortunately it wasn't finished befor the rain and cloud came so I don't have any images yet. Hopefully the promise of pale and calm will entice you back later in the week. More of the same here, more pincushions on the go. It's funny how colour is playing a huge part in my work now. Not that long ago I wouldn't have dared, some said I was scared of colour. I actually think that was true, not any more though.
Posting this I am wondering if Jackie still thinks my blog is cool and calm? Well maybe the blog is.....I'm not! Thanks to everyone who said they can't wait to see the crazy patchwork doll. I have bad news....I haven't even started her yet! In an ideal world I would like six dolls for the fair, in reality, well, I'm terrified, will it be a doll less stand? I really hope not, how many hours are left? Someone work it out please.
p.s. thanks for all the comments on my last post, it's good to know you are still out there!

20 comments:

Miss 376 said...

I still love the white on white, but these are gorgeous. Don't think of the hours, it will get too frightening. I am sure you will be fine

Elizabeth said...

Love your work, you are one hell of a talented bee. If you happen to fly by Denmark bestow some of your talent on me, please!!!. I have my first stitchblock instead of a writersblock. Well, let's see it from the bright side, I have at least something, LOL.

Jackie said...

Oh Yes! I love it!
Especially the lilac.

jennyflower said...

Oh Karen, it's all meant to be fun! Really all will be well, you'd be amazed how the space fills. I try my stock out on a 2ft ish width of our bed to see how it all looks and how it covers the table. By the time I've added my card and pricing it dosen't actually need LOADS of stock to make a good dsplay. Promise xx

julielea said...

Scrumptious colours... and looking so good against the white.

connie said...

these are wonderful. I just love the way you photograph your work. Keep going!

Kayla coo said...

Your pin cushions look great on mass.
I'm sure it will look fantastic,take lots of photo's.xx

Jacky said...

I am loving your splash of colour (but you know I also love your white work.... love it all).

Your stall is going to be amazing, I just wish I could pop over to take look...

Have fun and I am so pleased you are enjoying this adventure.

Jacky xox

meplusmolly said...

Bless you, breathe! It will all be fine! I've still got loads of creating to do hehehe ;0 X

evalyn said...

I really like what you do with a bit of colored thread and some white linen, but I'm feeling a bit frustrated that we don't see many whole pieces. We see bits, closeups of the details, but what does the enirety look like? I'd like to know. Unless I'm missing the point altogether, and pieces is all there is? If so, . . . never mind. Carry on. What you see is what you get . . . etc.

postcardsfromwildwood said...

Hello Karen, I did post a comment here once before to say how much I love your work. I do some needlework myself and although what you do is WAY out of my league I can still appreciate your skill and artistry. I have an award for you over on my site. Please come and get it! With thanks for sharing your work,
Janice.

Tammie Lee said...

Hello,
I have been wandering about your blog, your art is lovely!

karen said...

Hi Evalyn. I am so sorry if you are dissapointed with my images. There are lots of finished things here though, silk beads, pincushions, a commissioned hanging, dolls, buttons. I show a lot of close ups to illustrate the process I am going through to make the finished piece, perhaps that would explain it.

Anonymous said...

om my how I wish I was going to
the makey do,gorgeous work as always!and all your pictures are amazing especially the close ups!!
Ingrid

Anonymous said...

I just love all your pieces. thank you for showing us these wonderful pictures , especially the close ups. the close ups show all the detail in your pieces.
some of the blogs do not show close ups, so its hard to see the work. I think its great that you take the time to take close up pictures for us all to enjoy the beautiful detail in your work.

Hotter Than... said...

Deep breath Karen - it'll be great. You know that you can do this. Your ideas are rich and colourful and the execution is exquisite. It will be a success. If you want child labour I'd volunteer but you may want to give me a job I can't screw up. Have a cup of tea and a Hob Nob and b-r-e-a-t-h-e.

(Btw I find the photography inspiring and very informative) xx

Miriam said...

Thanks!:)

I love your colourful works, or well, i love all the things you've made, but it is fun to see things in colour :)
mmm. This is probably because i'm hungry at the moment, but those puffs look like really delicious meringues!:D

marie said...

i just stopped by to see what was new and i am so-o amazed at your embroidery. it is so beautiful! how long does it take to make those little "balls" ? : )

Freedom of Stitch said...

I don't care how funky OR puffy -- it makes me happy just to look at the work you do! So... keep up the puff-ery!!

Anonymous said...

Just spent some time looking back through your blog (it started cos I was curious what "Makey Do" was). Really interesting to see how your work has altered over the last year and yet still has the same basic theme and inspiration. And I love your devotion to hand embroidery - so unusual today when the desire to "make things quickly" has become more important.

Jacqui (in Auckland, New Zealand)