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







Saturday, February 6, 2010

pink finished and more white

My pink experiment is finished and I give you a funky pin cushion, yes? no? I think it's funky, it's oversized for a pincushion at 6 inches square and I love it. The puffs which are mainly white are cross stitch hearts, not quite so obvious in the picture you will have to trust me on that one. These will be more expensive than the smaller ones I usually make, bigger, more embellishment, ''different''. I hope to make more before march so fingers crossed.


There is a lot of ''work in progress'' going on around here at the moment. This piece is very much one of those. 10 inches long up to now, I hope to get it to around 25 inches in length before I finish it. It's enormously time consuming yet very relaxing. I damp stretched it yesterday to show you today even though it's not finished. On the edge you can see my tacking line and the holes from the stretching pins. I will continue to work on it now and do a final damp stretch when it's finished. I think that will be the pattern for a while, showing you works in progress. At the moment I have another two pieces ongoing, two more time consuming things that will need to be damp stretched in stages too. On one piece I am re visiting my iron on transfers, more white on white but with a little blue added.






White is also the theme of the second piece, I love to do it but just as importantly you seem to like it too. The white piece I showed you last time will be coming with me in march but if it doesn't sell it is already reserved and I am delighted I have had so many compliments about that particular piece. Why was I scared of bound edges? I think you will be seeing a lot of them from now on!

14 comments:

Miss 376 said...

It's almost as if these pieces "grow".
The pincushion is gorgeous, I love the puffs along the edge

Magpie's Mumblings said...

There is no way on this earth I would dare to stick a pin in that beautiful cushion! I wouldn't want to mar it because it's just simply too pretty and absolutely needs to be on display.

Anonymous said...

It is indeed funky and the second piece is simply scrumptious. From your crocheting friend.

Joei Rhode Island said...

You are absolutely amazing. White on white with all those tiny French Knots! Needs to be on a Bride's Dress or a Christening Gown...something someone would cherish forever.

Jacky said...

So intricate and detailed the new white piece you are working on...truly beautiful!

Jacky xox

p.s. love your funky little pincushion too.

Jacky xox

MarieE said...

Holy French Knots, Batman!
I wonder how many are in that piece!

Heather said...

...just found your blog and your work is insanely gorgeous!! I can't even imagine the time you spend on each of your creations,
but it sounds like you have a lot of 'work-related angst' to work off with your art, so I completely 'get' it! Grin.

Ingrid said...

The french knot piece is beautiful!25 inches of it....you must be working on it day and night:-)
Love the new pincushion,especially the puffs!

jennyflower said...

I dreamt about your puffs last night! That is a bit weird, no? Now I can honestly say that your work is 'dreamy'!!

Marie said...

I know I will sound like I am saying the same thing over and over but, I must say fabulous. I could not believe that last piece. I have never seen so many french knots on one piece.
Incredible and beautiful.
All of it! : )

Gina said...

Is is all so beautiful Karen...as always!

Angelcat said...

The pincushion is wonderful. And your new piece looks beautiful, so detailed.

Kaye Turner said...

Good grief, all those french knots! I like doing french knots myself, but...goodness...
I love seeing work in progress.

changelingthings said...

That pin cushion is absolutley funky and gorgeous. I just read one of your other comments about your white pieces seeming to grow. I like that because as I was looking at them they seemed like a birds eye view of a country or map. I was thinking about boarders and countries and shifting boundaries. I love that for a moment your embroidered pieces became whole countries for me.