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 24, 2010

Pink!!??

Yes I know, I can't quite believe it myself, it's pink! Using the colourful, printed fabric in my other piece has led to a desire to use colour a little more. For someone who was once told they were afraid of colour, (to be fair I probably was and still am a little bit) I'm not doing too badly. This is the ''other thing'' I was talking about the other day. It's not finished by a long way, I am in the process of making adornments for it, hoping they add the finishing touch. My other piece, the one with the text and the colourful embroidery is coming along. I have decided how it will all go together and am in the process of making an edge for it. I really tried to get the edge finished last night so I could stretch it ready for today but time got the better of me. You will notice there are a lot of tacking stitches visible in these pictures. Some are marking the size, the outline, others are basting stitches.




So these are my ''works in progress'', very much ongoing yet nearly there. I am about to disappear into the black hole which is the day job for three days where nothing much creative happens at all and frustration is huge. I reckon I need a good 2 days to pull these things together and finish them. Hopefully that will be the end of this week, in the meantime I am enjoying the splashes of colour in my little white world.

19 comments:

Miss Baptista said...

Hello,
You are not the onlyone who is afraid of colour ! But it will turn out verry nice !

greetings
Miss Baptista

Ulla said...

So pink it is, and it looks very promising.

jennyflower said...

Best get the pink hearts in the shops in good time for valentines day! What a brilliant gift that would make. I am loving the colour, t looks like you are too, just a little? xx

Miss 376 said...

I'm not a pink person, but it looks perfect on this. Can't wait to see the edging you've chosen, I love your edges

Elizabeth said...

Well I like pink. When I embroider with pink I always get a happy feeling over me. It is such a loving color to look at.

Good luck tomorrow.

vintagerockchick said...

I AM a pink person and I love it. Now, I dare you to add some clashing fuchsia and orange to it!
I just don't know how you manage to do so much stitching. I bet your house is tidy too! x

Tammie Lee said...

my goodness, for some reason I think of you posting once a week. But I come here today and there are so many wonderful posts to see!

I love all the details and it is fun to see color in your work, compared to the whites. A different and charming feel, like spring is sliding into winter.

Swirlyarts said...

I love the pink :)

Amelia said...

ooooh - very daring - like the idea of clashing fuschia and orange as vintage rock chick suggests!!

Been to a lovely 'embroidery' exhibition down in london on Friday that I did a post on - really interesting and discovered a couple more embroidery artists . . . so busy eh? But it looks like you have been very busy too.

Amelia.x

Jacky said...

I'm enjoying your splashes of colour too... but then again I enjoy all of your exquisite stitching!
Aaggghhhhh...I'm back to work next week too. Yuck! Ah well, shouldnt complain too much, I do like the money and the goodies I can buy.

Jacky xox

Kaye Turner said...

It seems you can divide the world into 'pink people' and 'notpink people' - I'm afraid I'm one of the latter - but your stitchwork is very impressively perfect! Do you use cotton perle threads for the eyelets?

Marie said...

Your new piece is "pretty in pink".
Exquisite. I am learning how to not be afraid of frayed edges...I am not afraid of color and your bravery regarding color has proven fabulous!

Postcards from Wildwood said...

Love, it! Just looking at your post below and I always throught you did your text in cross stitch, but it looks like you do it in French knots. Either way, I think we can conclude that my eyes are not what they were! So which is it? Do tell! Soon be Thursday!
Janice.

Kaye Turner said...

Thanks for the answer!

Tiphaine said...

I'm just in love with your work.....you should sell some of your ideas...i'd be firt on line...

Joei Rhode Island said...

Again...your work is only more gorgeous because your photography is stunning. I'm not much of a pink person...but I too love the splashes you've sprinkled.

sparkle jars said...

I love the pink!!!
I enjoy catching up with all of your posts as well. I always leave so refreshed and inspired.
:-)

meandering pearl said...

pink is my favourite!!! precious thoughts

Vanessa said...

Your work is fantastic! Love the pink one!!!