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, February 11, 2010

my table

We have lovely winter sunshine today. Good for photographs, allegedly. Some of these look as if they are taken in black and white, they're not, it's the glaring light causing shadows. Anyway, hello! It's been a long time, seems like forever. Sorry about that, going out to work really gets in the way. Not to worry though, I am now on holiday until 22nd february and hope to get loads of stuff done! I thought I would show you how my table looks at the moment. This is where my family try to eat, it's a major moving exercise at meal times. Do you notice the damp stretching going on at the edge of this first picture? I am going to keep you waiting for more of that because I'd like to do more to it before showing it to the world.
This is another work in progress, not even a tenth of this is finished yet. I aim to do more applique on here, some hand embroidery on top of that, then hopefully if it all comes together pockets will be involved again. It's also going to be big, well long, around 45 inches. Not much sleep going on around here for a while then!

My main problem at the moment though is this, my french knot piece. I am so in love with this piece of work that I can't put it down. I really must be more disciplined because the plan was to give each ongoing piece of work 2 days each, a kind of rota system. I haven't put this one down for FIVE days. Tonight's the night, I really will put it down and work on something else.

So half term is here, well for us part timers it is, I am so excited, embroidery, embroidery and more embroidery. I will strain myself and fit in maybe 20 minutes of housework, no more though as I will be wearing my goggles so I can't see the muck! Happy days!


meri said...

Woderful, just wonderful!
Have a happy and loooong weekend!

Miss 376 said...

I'm in awe of your french knots!
Enjoy half term, it has come quickly and I am sure it will be over too soon, but I know you make the most of it

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Karen, Your french knots creations are always a joy to look at. They always make me smile. vbg I just bought a new book which should be coming soon called. A-Z Whitework. I am sooo looking forward to seeing all the new technique I hope to learn. All inspired by you. VBG

I have enter my first International Online Fiber Art Exhibition called Winter Wonderland and my piece is called Bavaria Winter Wonderland. You can go to my blog to read more about it. Click on the words Winter Wonderland and it will take you directly to the site. And while there please vote. I would love to hear what you think. Hugs Judy

Ulla said...

Enjoy your own time. Your French knots remind me of a special kind of snow that comes in cold weather with strong wind.

Threadspider said...

I swear before I read any of the comments I was going to mention winter and your stitching! I can imagine you stitching a "save the Arctic piece". It would be gorgeous. Like these.

Joei Rhode Island said...

Really edjoyed seeing your work spread out on the table like that. And soooooo many french knots! Do you use a magnifier, Karen?

Anonymous said...

Gosh, I thought there were lots of french knots last time, but there are even more now. They look fabulous.
Thanks for looking at my new shop. I'm approaching BC with some trepidation (because of the fee), and will try it for a couple of months. Short term, I think the fees work out about the same, taking into account etsy's listing/renewing fees and commission fees. Fingers crossed though and hoping it's worthwhile.

Rachel said...

Thank you for the tutorial on damp stretching you posted a while back, Karen. I'll be using it on a piece I've just finished. I really wasn't looking forward to ironing it!

Marie said...

Have a lovely "embroidery holiday".
I am soooo amazed at how much you do.
Just beautiful! I am laughing about the goggles and housework! Do you think it will work for the laundry too? : )

Angelcat said...

Hope you enjoy your time off work. And where can I get some of those goggles that 'hide' the housework :)

Jacky said...

Hey, I want some of those goggles too please.
What bliss to be able to embroider for weeks on end.
Loving your french knot piece and the one with the blue embroidery pattern on it!

Looking forward to seeing your holiday embroidery.

Jacky xox

Sue Bridges said...

Just dropping by and would like to say that you needlework is fabulous, I love the way you have used colours and stitches they are so delicate.

Victoria said...

Karen, I think you may be going for the Guinness Book of World Records in French Knots!
Stunning and mind blowing!