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, April 18, 2010

creating a surface

Well I played yesterday as planned. Just me and my pin tuck foot, empty house, quiet, relaxed, taking it easy in my own strange kind of way. Managing all on my own to create a trail of fibre and frayed cloth through the house, up the stairs, in the kitchen, I even found some thread wrapped around one of my sons guitars, (don't tell him). I created this surface, for some reason it reminds me of when I was little, soft and textured, kind of like a blanket maybe or a special sunday dress. We have had such bright sunshine that taking photos has been a piece of cake. Some of them are very darkly shadowed but I like them like that, the sun must have moved when I wasn't looking! I can't quite believe that we have this huge volcanic cloud hanging over us because the sky is so beautiful. Sorry to digress but I find that particular news story so fascinating, almost unreal and hard to accept as an actual fact. I just hope it's gone before I go to Sweden in July!!! It's an awful long way to swim. Anyway, back to cloth and embroidery.... this was just a plain piece of silk dupion when I started, I then added a couple of pieces of vintage cloth and let loose with the machine. This would make a gorgeous coverlet and I would quite like one of those for my bed but it will have to go on my 'to do' list because I made this to cut up for my books.


then last night, feet up watching Britains Got Talent, (do these people not have relatives to tell them not to do it????) I hand embroidered on some of it. Do me a favour, if I ever mention I am going on Britains Got Talent deluge me with mail telling me not to!!





also yesterday, I finished my custom purse. Fingers crossed that she likes it!!!

So it seams I have been busy. I don't feel as if I have been busy in fact I have been taking it easy, I'm a bit 'weary' at the moment.
Now onto books......I am truly flabbergasted by the interest in them, not complaining just astounded. Thankyou! There are more on the way, imminent in fact but I'm not sure if they are spoken for. There have been tentative enquiries you see so I shall have to finish them and take it from there. Have a lovely sunday.

14 comments:

jude said...

this is quite fabulous!

deanna7trees said...

How could she not like that little purse.....I, too, see the volcano situation as unreal. Amazing that a volcano in Iceland can affect people all over the world. There's a message in there, somewhere....

Marion said...

Beautiful, as always. These little squares were just crying out for the French knot in the middle.
Our daughter is trying to get back from China just now - too far away to try to make it overland - and fast running out of money.

Victoria said...

The purse is lovely, who wouldn't be pleased?!

However, I don't think I have words sufficient to express my adoration of your first piece. Gobsmacked, I am. I want to run my hands across it, hold it to my cheek, and carry it with me. I am in love.

Kaye Turner said...

Beautiful, as always. And so much in your words to make me smile. I too leave a thread trail wherever I go.

Gina said...

Love the way the pintucks cross to make the little squares.

Elizabeth Braun said...

Nice work! I love your contrasts between white and the coloured thread.=)

Oh how your tale of bits of thread all over the house brings back memories! I used to find bits of threads in all manner of places when I was working on something quite a lot, too. LOL!

BTW, if you don't mind me asking, how did you go about getting sales for your pieces? Did you just advertise on Etsy and customers just came? Or was there more to it than that? I'd like to have a go myself, but I'm afraid the no-one will pay fair prices for things, esp with so many people charging hobby prices....grrrr!

connie said...

I love, love the pintucks Karen and with the embroidery they are even better.

Now on the Sweden thing. My Son has been accepted into a study abroad program at Uppsala university next year for the year. He is hoping to go Mid July... I hope he can go too.

Small, Small world. I sure hope to visit him while he is there.

Threadspider said...

Like a glorious aerial photograph of somewhere magical-it's such a beautiful piece.
As for Britain's Got Talent-it's right here!

Rachel said...

I rather doubt whether Simon Cowell has a sufficiently discriminating taste to realise just how fantastic your work is, Karen.
Your use of texture is really subtle and exciting.

jennyflower said...

Play is g-o-o-d.

Tammie said...

the little purse is sweet as can be. It feels like spring to me. all the other stitchery is lovely too!

Rachel said...

Karen, I have an award for you on my blog:
http://www.blog.virtuosewadventures.co.uk/wordpress/2010/04/20/beautiful-blogger-award/

You don't have to join in if you don't want to, but Thank You for hours of inspiration and entertainment!

Mary said...

Your surface work is so beautiful! What an eye you have.