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







Sunday, January 10, 2010

added hearts

This cloth is now covered, no unembellished areas, hearts have been added to the bottom section. The next step will be to back it with muslin and quilt here and there, I've not quite decided on where or how much, no firm plans just see where it takes me. It won't be quilted in the thick, padded conventional sense. Muslin is so fine it will hardly add any thickness to the piece but hopefully it will support the fragile lace and add ''something''.



I am also working on a large panel of embroidered text to use alongside this. Embroidering text takes a long time so please bear with me on that one but I do aim to have it finished and damp stretched before the week is out. I am always getting requests to show the damp stretching process. I am not sure if I have shown it before, way, way back. Thing is I usually end up doing it at night just before I go to bed, that way it's dry by morning but consequently there is no light for photographs.However I will try and damp stretch something completely random and irrelevant during the week just to show the process so stay tuned!
It seems I have been doing lots of whitework lately and I hadn't quite realised how much to be honest. So last night I created a kind of gallery of my favourite white work images and put it here. Then I got carried away and made this mosaic which I have also put in the side bar, up there on the right, to link to my new gallery. Some of these creations are still available here, well maybe one or two but that qualifies as some...doesn't it?

Now I have lots and lots of e-mails to answer and a text panel to work on but part of me, no all of me just wants to baste muslin to the back of this piece and see what happens. I have no self control, it's terrible!

21 comments:

Diane said...

We all have to do those things that arent so fun but I would rather be stitching myself ^__^

Love this new piece...just lovely stitching my dear!

Miss 376 said...

Love the hearts

Gina said...

The new piece is stunning Karen.

méri said...

I find this special! and wonder how the cross stitch and all the hearts are so aligned!
Love it, Karen better and better

Hotter Than... said...

Stunning. As always.

Kayla coo said...

I love your pure white pieces,exquisite work.x

Marchi Wierson said...

Hi Karen. I have blogged the mosaic photo with links back to your blog. If it is not ok, please let me know!!
http://marchiwierson.blogspot.com

I love love love your work!!!

Elizabeth said...

I am running out of words to describe the beauty and love each time I see and read about your work.

It is superduper, stunning gorgeous.

Joei Rhode Island said...

I would go blind working on so much white...Lordy but your stuff is gorgeous!

Tammie Lee said...

I love your passion for what you do! All this white work is the essence of feminine energy, well at least for me and I find it so lovely.

jennyflower said...

Self control is totally over rated! I cannot believe the speed at which this piece has developed- it really seems to have got your fire stoked. Hope the return to school doesn't totally cramp your style!

Ansie said...

This is an amazing amount of work! Although i love embroidery I get tired just looking at it. Good job, and I love all the white work!

Kaye Turner said...

Wow, that really is an amazing piece of work. I've recently taken to using just muslin for quilting, rather than wadding. I much prefer it because it drapes so much better. Looking forward to seeing the stretching process.

Victoria said...

Karen, your work continues to amaze, amaze, amaze me. Utterly stunning.

Wallflower said...

I love your work. God! The large circles with the dots all around them have this kind of Barnacle look to them. I like the organic kind of work you do. The funniest thing is having to restrain yourself from applying muslin!!! THAT is passion. Most people say they have to restrain themselves from eating brownies or watching too much tv and getting distracted.... (ummmmmm... I think I just revealed too much...). I guess with all that pristine white you have written off brownie binges for life!!!

changelingthings said...

This piece is so delicate! Those hearts send my own a-flutter.

Jacky said...

This piece is simply stunning! You are amazing... such beautiful and intricate work. Here I go again...another new favourite.

Jacky xox

Claire said...

Karen I love your work and the detail is amazing. It reminds of beautifully iced wedding cakes and looks yummy enough to eat!Wish I could have have an ounce of your patience.

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Karenm, I see I have missed several of your lovely posting while I was getting my computer up and running. I love the lace you have added to this project. So very pretty. And of course your stitching is alway exquisite. Hugs Judy

meandering pearl said...

Hello! your work is mesmerizing!!! so truly beautiful!

Clare Wassermann said...

totally exquisite stitching thanks! xx