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, March 4, 2010

seven days

well that's it, only 7 days to go. This time in 7 days I will be stationary in my car on the car park commonly known as the M6 winding my way slowly to London. I have 4 days, well 3 and a half days left to sew. Here is the proof that I've been busy. 2 large pieces of work damp stretching on my huge board. Sadly I had to use drawing pins for these, I couldn't push the other pins in but they seem to have survived, no disasters to report. The piece on the right, the applique piece, has been embellished a bit more since this photo was taken and needs to be stretched again. I then have to put everything together and add the hooks and eyes. I really, really want to get this finished before monday so keep your fingers crossed for me please! The piece on the left, my french knot piece, is finished and here it is. 27 inches long, that's a lot of french knots! but truly worth it. What do you think? I really do want to know. This one has been a true labour of love and became a bit of an obsession for a while. In truth I wish it was around 6 feet long, sadly I would neeed around a year to do that. Who knows, maybe one day.

Well I said I'd been busy didn't I? This piece is quite small and I hope to make maybe another 2 in this style before I go. These kind of pieces were very popular at Sparkle so if I could sell 6 of these in total I would be delighted.


I made these buttons on a whim, the idea just popped into my head. Unfortunately I don't think I will get any more buttons made before I go. If I have any time left over I want to make more oversized pincushions, infact I am going to cut the fabric out tonight so it's ready, just incase.

The lovely Jackie made these for me. These will go on my stand just incase anyone wonders who I am and to help me find my way back from the loo, coffee shop, bar etc etc and also incase I forget who I am.


I hope nobody was too inconvenienced by the hacking of my twitter account. If you were I am really sorry. It was a huge hassle but now all passwords are changed and everything seems to be back to normal. I will never use twitter again. I didn't use it anyway, hadn't been near it for months and definitely won't be going back.
Right, lots of sewing to do, see you soon.

24 comments:

connie said...

These are incredible!!! I love all of them. I just can not comprehend how you can make french knots over and over again... However the outcome is so wonderful. I hope you have some very productive days. Keep us posted.

meri said...

I would have all my fingers crossed if I could work at the same time.
As I can't, I'll keep my feet crossed while stitching, is it fair? Counts the intention - we used to say!
Of course I'm giving you all my support - good luck, Karen!

and surely I love all your work and those buttons....lol

dianehobbit said...

Love your work! All those french knots a mammoth taste, well done. I am embroidering a small piece with lots of french knots at the moments and can really appreciate the work involved. My piece is being worked in shades of cream, I will have to try white next time.

Miss 376 said...

They are marvelous. I was doing french knots today and was thinking of you. I need more practise, I think. Have an enjoyable and productive weekend

Kaye Turner said...

Truly beautiful stitching. I imagine the hundreds of french knots must get quite hypnotic after a while. It's given a fabulous texture.

Gina said...

I wish I could come and see you when you are in London! I was excited to see the little ribbed spider web stitches in your work - I've just taught myself how to do them!

Pam Kellogg said...

Absolutely stunning! You have the eye of a needle!

Joei Rhode Island said...

Oh MY!!!

I'm speechless....

Chrissie said...

Karen you have a truly outstanding talent and this work is just stunning - hope the journey isn't as bad as you're anticipating and that Sparkle is a big success. x

Marie said...

It appears you are going to a show?
If so, you will do fabulous!
All that lovely stitching...love the cut-out of your name.
Those french knots are beautiful.
Best wishes!
:)

kay susan said...

Absolutely beautiful! I really like the pastel colours you have used - those pieces will look so nice alongside the whitework. Have you tried those three pronged stainless steel drawing pins used in batik and silk painting for your damp stretching?

changelingthings said...

I really love all the pieces. All those white french knots! That piece in particular looks really sculptural in a 3D kind of way. Does that make any sense at all?

Rachel said...

You wanted to do six feet of French knots? Now that's dedication!

Seriously, the pieces look gorgeous, and I wish you all the best with the M6.

Wallflower said...

oh my goodness, your little hands are so talented!! I can't believe how beautiful these are. They are like beautiful barnacles or bumps on a stem. Little windows. So extraordinary.

Honestly, are days longer where you are? I don't quite understand how you get all of this done......

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

Your work is amazing. I wish you all the best!

Carolyn

Heather said...

So many of us out here in blogland are thinking of you and encouraging you 'onward'.
Your workmanship is exquisite and your taste is impeccable. I hope you finish in time and are very successful in London!

Jacky said...

I especially love your french knot piece...what a wonderful labour of love. I suppose after a while it becomes quite meditative making those little knots.
Good luck and I love your sign. We wouldnt want you go get lost!

Jacky xox

Kelly Fletcher said...

All those knots... dedication at it's best. But it looks absolutely fantastic. Great work.

Twiglet said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous work - good luck - you deserve to do well!

Amelia said...

lovely, lovely in every way! I wish you the most success! And I think you will do really well at the fair. I am going to try and come down on Saturday and then I will get to see you - a change from talking over the net!

Amelia.x

Angelcat said...

Wow these pieces are just beautiful. your work is always stunning but I really LOVE the french knots piece

meandering pearl said...

i love these buttons so muchly...straight to the heart!!! do i still see them on the market table...are they going on etsy?{fingers crossed...toes too} lovely wishes :)

Sara Lechner said...

karen, i never cease to admire you. i was visiting your blog for a while and think you must really stitch day and night. i know how much time it takes!

Sara Lechner said...

karen, i never cease to admire you, i know how much time it takes to do all you do. i visited your blog for a while today and love everything!