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, February 28, 2010

tranquil?

Things are a lot calmer here today, it's either the medication!! or most likely the fact that I feel I have achieved a lot over the past 4 days. I just wanted to say that blogging, the actual coming here and ranting and raving is never a chore. It's always a pleasure, more of a pleasure than is probably healthy truth be told. My dilemma last week was the guilt I felt for taking so long to get back to you all, that was the problem. I felt really bad that I just couldn't fit it in. Hopefully tonight I have made a small dent in all that, some of you, I am hoping most of you, will have heard from me in the last hour. If you haven't then it will happen some time this week I promise. Now.....embroidery, this is finished. Well I say finished, the edges still need binding but the main part is finished. I added cutwork and more knots. Now I have to try and bind the edges without creasing the work, a challenge but I'm sure I'm up to it.

Then there is this.......this isn't new but desperate times call for desperate measures! This has been re stretched and will also have it's edges bound ready for next week. I think all these pieces will have card headers, they will be easier for people to handle that way.




These past four days have also seen my french knot piece finished and damp stretched and I promise to show you next time. The piece with the applique circles has been stretched and needs more embroidery, then it will have to be damp stretched again before I finish with my pocket and a couple of hundred hooks and eyes, I kid you not, a couple of hundred. I am hoping to make more small pieces without an edge like these and then I will hopefully get a couple more large pincushions made.
It's work in the morning so early nights and simple embroidery for the next three evenings but from thursday onwards it's all systems go. I have ordered more business cards, (pat on the back for being organised) there are price tags to make, artist statement to write, packaging problems to solve but hey I'm a woman, I'm told I can multi task!!

19 comments:

Gina said...

You seem to achieve so much Karen and it's always so beautiful.

Walden said...

Beautiful! Love the blue in there.

helena said...

I love it. White over white is my stuff.
Good week!

Amelia said...

absolutely stunning as usual!

Amelia.x

Miss 376 said...

The first piece reminds me of icing on a cake, it's beautiful

Elizabeth said...

Looks stunning.

While you are multi-asking add one task; breathing.

Have a lovely sunday-evening.

Joei Rhode Island said...

Really like the 'whole picture' view with the close ups. Stunning.
I agree with Elizabeth...don't forget to relax and breath. lol

Rachel said...

Glad to know you are feeling calmer, Karen. Your work always looks so calm and centred - which just goes to show you don't let the stress affect it!

Marie said...

Thanks for stopping by! Glad you are better. Lovely art going on over here. Funny how we women are expected to do 15 things at once.lol.
You are amazing...all the beautiful things you create..swoon : )

jennyflower said...

Sorry you refer to doing 'simple embroidery'- where? Everything is so composed and thoroughly thought through!

Kaye Turner said...

Gorgeous as usual. Those first few pictures look like lace rather than embroidery - so delicate. Glad to hear you're feeling a bit more calm! Thanks for your message too :-)

Thea said...

Beautiful! They're very tranquil looking pieces.

Anonymous said...

These are so gorgeous in the photos. The actual pieces must be amazing.

Jacqui (in Auckland, New Zealand)

Jacky said...

I love this delicate work...your new piece with all the cross stitches and french knots is divine. I never tire of visiting and seeing your wonderful stitcheries.

Roll on Thursday I say...I work Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday...not much happens in the stitching/art dept. on those days. Always looking forward to Fridays and my long weekends!

Jacky xox

Hege said...

SO beautiful - you are an inspiration for the rest of us!
Have a nice day, hugs Hege.

Jello07 said...

Hello Karen,
It is all so beautiful I wish I could come to the fair In March but unfortunately I can't bad.
I really like the white
erica

Hotter Than... said...

Thought I'd comment in case you took my silence for absense.

Ranting and raving does you good. It's dealt with and you get to focus on fun stuff. Rant away. xxx

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Karen, Your stitching is always a JOY to admire. You are always coming up with some creative ways to enhance you lovely stitching. Hugs Judy

meandering pearl said...

these images always fill me with serenity!!!thank you for your kind words!! especially lovely thoughts