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, March 21, 2010

a small amount of embroidery

Here is how the 'collage' looks now. it's been added to slightly since last time. Remember I said that it probably wouldn't inform my work? Well I have suprised myself because as you will soon see a small part of it has definitely sparked something. This is the only embroidery I have managed this week. I picked up a needle for the first time in over a week yesterday. Don't ask me what it is or what it's going to be, I don't know,
but can you see the similarity? I actually have quite an urge to play with this idea on paper a little more. Yesterday I bought art supplies for the first time in I don't know how long so you may yet get more paperwork showing up on here.



Although I haven't done any sewing this week I still have a massive stash to list online so I have been spending some time doing that. These are a few of the things newly listed over here at the new shop on Big Cartel.


and these are newly listed in my etsy shop. I am limited to five items on Big Cartel, (because i'm a cheapskate and that's the free plan) so will continue to use both 'venues' for now.


The slow pace of the past week is suiting me at the moment. There was a definite need to step back for a while, try new things, less demanding, relaxing things. So I think this coming week will be spent the same way, a little art work, a little sitting with pencil and paper, maybe a tiny amount of stitch. Lady of leisure? maybe.....

11 comments:

Rachel said...

"Lady of leisure" sounds good, Karen, but I think you're onto something here. I'll be interested to see where it takes you.

Enjoy the ride!

Anonymous said...

Your work looks stunning and I see it has evolved. Thankyou very much for my pressie and card it is exquisite.

Miss 376 said...

Think you deserve it after the last couple of months. I love the paperwork you've been doing, can see you translating this into sitch somewhere along the line

Kaye Turner said...

I may well do something on paper too this week - feeling a need to stop and look and take stock of the year so far. Looks like it's doing you the world of good!

Ingrid said...

YES its very similar and gorgeous!

Gina said...

I could waste away hours just looking at your drawings and embroidery and wishing I could produce something even half as beautiful!

Threadspider said...

You seem to be finding that working in a different medium is refreshing! It is good to exercise different muscles, creative as well as physical.
I think the collages are beautiful in their own right, and they seem to be sparking something very interesting.

Jacky said...

Loving it all, but that new work is wonderful. The blue and white looks so fresh.
Love your drawings too.

Jacky xox

Thea said...

Love the drawing!
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Tammie Lee said...

so many wonderful things to see on this post! Your collage is wonderful as is each piece of embroidery. Congrats on your new shop.

marie-louise said...

White on white - wonderful!