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, August 28, 2009

Puff obsession

Do you know what I am really good at? I mean REALLY good? Burying my head in the sand, burying things deep in the recess at the very back of my head, avoidance techiniques, got them off to a fine art. In order to sort my head out, make decisions about the two upcoming events which needed thought and organisation that I mentioned last time, do you know what I did?........... I buried them and made puffs! Look at the variety though, creative expression at it's finest, 100 different ways to make puffs....genius eh!

We have puffs fashioned purely from vintage cloth,

puffs fashioned from gingham with a few french knots added, not sure about these,

and puffs fashioned using the ever present cutwork and lace.

Never fear, it worked! Decisions are made and things have happened. I have removed 6 pincushions and all the buttons from the shop to send to Weston Arts Festival along with two cushions I hadn't got round to listing and 1, maybe 2 ''wrapping cloths''. I have started a new ''wrapping cloth'' for Sparkle and hope to show you some progress on that soon. So after much avoidance it's all happening, huge sigh of relief here. I am also making new buttons for the shop to replace those I am sending away, busy, busy chez moi.
I will draw the give away on sunday so if you haven't commented there yet it's your last chance. Have a lovely weekend!x


Miss 376 said...

We knew you'd come up with something. These puffs are fun, I quite like the french knots

Joei Rhode Island said...

You are soooo funny! You always *save* the day and manage to make it look beautiful!
Love the puffs.

connie said...

I love the puffs and I think the gingham with the french knots are great. I have a soft spot for gingham though. Have a great weekend.

jennyflower said...

Good work. I have heard that if you are fretting over something you should work on something completley different so your back-brain has time to find a solution- et voila!

Hotter Than... said...

More puffs than Honey Monster!

Can't wait to see the progress of the new "Sparkle" piece.

Postcards from Wildwood said...

OK, so next time I'm in a panic about making decisions and getting stuff done I'll just sit down and make 100 puffs, and by the time they're done all will be well with the world...! (Now... how do I make a puff...?!) Good to hear it's all working out beautifully.

LiLi M. said...

It is not a wrapping paper, though I used it as such, but it is a fabric. I bought it at the market. It is a high quality Spanish cotton fabric, but probably this role had a mistake and so it ended up at the market, or it is no longer part of their collection. It is called Jaulas (cages), by Iciar de la concha. A friend of mine has bought an entire role of it, I don't know whether she wants to sell, but this fabric is very heavy, like upholstery fabric. So the shipping costs will be high. This friend is expecting her first child in a few weeks and has broken her wrist. If you wish I will contact her in due time. Hope this helps. Have a great day!