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, June 10, 2009

Return to pale

Well I promised you subtle and muted and here it is. Another two cushions for the ''makey do'' finished, packaged and packed away in a box with the other three. That makes a total of five so far. I want a minimum of ten. Ten cushions, five dolls, millions of puffs, tons of buttons, fifteen pincushions...what else? Any ideas? I don't know whether to take any wrapping cloths, it's a dilemma. They probably wouldn't sell but would look pretty on display. Then would they get filthy? White silk can't handle a lot of touching, decisions, decisions. I think I will just keep making until my husband starts the car engine, probably the best plan. I am amazed though at how organised I feel otherwise. Did you notice that I said the cushions were packed away in a box? Yes, I have things in boxes!!! including a box full of puffs and pincushions. I have also ordered lots of bags, paper bags, paper carrier bags, boy am I excelling myself. Never mind that the house would be condemned by environmental health and no one has been fed for days, I have ordered bags, what more do I need! Anyway, I digress, back to the cushions. Not many photo's, sorry. I haven't had good light for days and these were the best I could get, hope you don't mind.
Then there are these, buttons, the first for the ''makey do''. Minimalist buttons but quite effective don't you think? Buttons are a theme at the moment, there are more ''on the go'' so to speak, you will be sick of them soon, promise!

I received an award this week from Janice at Postcards from Wildwood, thanks so much Janice. I will pass it on next time, I'm on it! Meanwhile pop over there and take a look, a lovely blog. On friday evening I am off to London for a couple of days to visit my little girl......I miss her! London, I love it, can't wait. Daughters and cakes and brews and shops and trips on the Thames and markets, ideal! I hope you all have as good a time as I will whatever you're doing. x

12 comments:

Kayla coo said...

I think your buttons will be very popular.
Have a great time in London.xx

Jackie said...

I agree. The buttons are a brilliant idea. I think I'd risk the wrapping loths, safely high up and not touchable.
Enjoy London.
I love Petersham nurseries near Richmond if its nearby.

Joei Rhode Island said...

Detail photos of gorgeous work...how could we tire of that????
Have lots of fun in London.

Victoria said...

The buttons are another wonderful addition! Have a great time in London!

Miss 376 said...

Ooo, I like these buttons.
Have a great weekend with your little girl

jennyflower said...

Oh do enjoy London won't you- I've always fancied ea at the Ritz-particularly with my Mum! Maybe you could bring the smaller pieces that you have on Etsy- (particularly the blueish one that I have coveted for months!)

meplusmolly said...

Loving the buttons! who could tire of photos of your work? not me anyroad!
Have a fab weekend in London, do you visit Spitalfields? fab market, enjoy it all ;0 x

Ulla said...

The buttons are very nice, Kaija and I like the cross stitches especially. She says Hi. Have a lovely time in London with your daughter.

julielea said...

Your stall is going to be beautiful... and I'm a great fan of those buttons too! Have a wonderful time with your daughter...
love julie x

Dana said...

You are brilliant and inspirational. I will be as good as you someday.

Love your work.

Dana

sparkle jars said...

These buttons are simply beautiful.

marie said...

I tried to comment the other day but, the silly thing would not allow me...anyway, lovely buttons!
I think they would be lovely as pins to wear! Have fun! : )