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, July 2, 2009

Sorry!!

I am so sorry it's been so long since my last post. All I can say is my relaxed frame of mind didn't last long! Remember I said my computer was sick......well it died and has gone to pc heaven or the tip to be more precise. Distraught is not the word, six years worth of images, thousands of words of research completed for my degree course to all intents and purposes lost forever. To the rescue however, my amazing son. He managed to get it going long enough to transfer over all my important stuff. So we have one eternally grateful mother and a hugely relieved one too. I had to buy a new one though, an expense I could have done without but because of that I don't have many images today. I am still feeling my way around this new machine (techno phobe that I am)
Anyway, my latest doll. Her dress is embroidered and damp stretched and hey voila! Another downside to all this computer mayhem though, there hasn't been any embroidery here for two days!!! You wouldn't think I had a fair to go to next week, panic has well and truly set in now.
Now I want your advice, opinion, whatever. I have a lot of offcuts from making my wrapping cloths, some of which you can see below. I wondered if it would be a good idea to maybe cut these up and sell them in little bags as patchwork/applique scraps. What do you think?

Because of all the c..p that's been going on here I have also not been able to visit any of you for ages, or reply to comments. I am really sorry and will definitely be popping round over the next day or so. First things first though, I MUST CLEAN MY HOUSE!!! If all goes to plan, with fingers, toes and everything else crossed this little lady should be finished by the time the weekend is over and you will be the first to meet her. See you soon x

16 comments:

connie said...

Oh, my. I understand your pain. My computer just died also. I spent time today researching new ones. I am not sure which to get but I want a cheap one. We will see.

jude said...

what is it with this computer stuff? you probably missed my disaster about a month ago. same thin.g oh well...life goes on.

Joei Rhode Island said...

Computers can be such assets and pains in the a***s...don't you think?
Yummy Yummy scraps....precious bits of loveliness
......as for cleaning the house...it's never done....and we are eventually returned to dust and dirt.... =-) just do the necessary bits

Miss 376 said...

Sons can have their advantages. I'm so pleased you were able to retrieve at least some of your work. Yes to the applique/patchwork blocks.

Threadspider said...

RIP to the old computer and blessings to the new one and to the techy son. As for scrap bags-brilliant!!!! Put me down for one when you decide how you will sell them. Looking forward to seeing the doll.

Swirlyarts said...

Ooooooh scrap packs are the way forward :)

Gina said...

What a nightmmare... which reminds me I should back up files! I think bags of scraps sound like a lovely idea.

Sea Angels said...

Hi Karen, Puett is an amazing women almost a way of life I'm glad I have managed to inspire you xxx
Your work is looking beautiful, and I am pleased you have an Etsy.
Off to New Designers this week, are you going?
I'm there Friday/weekend if you are ...we could have tea and cakes...
Love Lynn xxx

Ulla said...

Sorry to hear about your computer trouble! It just reminded me I ought to ask someone again how I make the backup copies. I keep forgetting...

jennyflower said...

Alas, poor p.c! Scrap bags? Yeah! Great plan, if you saw the state of my place with one week to go I'm sure you'd feel a lot better!! xx

Victoria said...

So sorry about the death of your PC. Thank heaven for techno savvy offspring. My eldest is going to help me with some contraption that I can plug into my Mac which is suppose to back up all of my files... way over my head.

And I think the scrap bags are a great idea!

Postcards from Wildwood said...

Sorry to hear about your computer, and so pleased that your son managed to retrieve all your old files. We have external drives on out PCs so we can back up separate from the computer, and although I don't do it perhaps as often as I should, it does mean most of the stuff is safe, and I'd recommend it. Bags of scraps sounds like a good idea to me, and worth a try. Thanks for your lovely comments on my Skywatch Post last night, but I happen to think you photograph your own portfolio beautifully. When you are less frantic - after the makey do and during your summer hols - I would so appreciate a couple of pics of your damp framing in progress. Some people admire your French knots. For me, amongst other things it's how your work always looks so crisp and clean even while it's in progress!
Janice.

meplusmolly said...

Hallo you!
Ooooo boo to the PC probs, always v frustrating and time consuming.
Don't worry about the 'minimalist' stall, I'm sure it won't be and will be full of your wonderful work!
yes to the 'scrap bags' always a v good idea.
I've still piles of things to finish for the 'do' ah well back to the grindstone!!!
Don't tear your hair out!!! ;0 X

Kelly Fletcher said...

You could also leave the embroidered pieces whatever size they are and then add some quilting fabric to make up scrap bags... that way you avoid cutting up all that work. Just a thought. Good luck for the fair, sure it'll go brilliantly.

Lyn said...

My pc malfunctioned too last month, so you have my complete sympathy. It does get better, is all I can say and keep doing what you do as its great. Sell the offcuts because they are superb in their own right. Good luck. Lyn

Lajoni said...

I think its a brilliant idea to sell off as applique pieces...I'll have to keep my eyes peeled as your work is gorgeous