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, April 22, 2010

four more

Phew! four more little books of colour now living here. Well two really because two are reserved but for the moment they have each other for company. I really, really do love making these. Now I'm beginning to wonder how I can develop them, change them in some way, don't want you to get bored now do I?
Then I am thinking...'I'm an embroiderer, what am I doing making books?'
Then I think...'well they are embroidery books so it's o.k'.
Then I think...'I want to stitch a little bigger now, or differently'.
So a lot of thinking going on, a hankering after patchwork for some reason, a hankering after pleats and a hankering after the softness of cloth, not the softness of cloth altered to rigid by attaching it to watercolour paper. The result and the plan? Ha, haven't got a clue, you tell me. I did make some buttons yesterday for a gift. I will show you them next time. In the meantime I am going to patchwork, maybe small patchwork, maybe tiny patchwork, I haven't decided yet. There will be more books though. It seems that these little things are the perfect way to show off my embroidery, they don't have to be shut behind glass, wrapped and left to languish in a cupboard. (not that I have a problem with the languishing in a cupboard idea. I am good at that. I have lots of precious cloth languishing in a cupboard and I adore the fact that I know it's there, don't even have to look at it, I know it's there, that's enough for me)
So I am off to patchwork and to think some more and to hope my brain doesn't explode. Have a happy day!


Elizabeth said...

They are fantastic!!!!!

Amelia said...

well, they all sounds like fabulous ideas. I adore all these books and love mine so much!

Maybe you could do a consertina book whereby a stitched piece within it could fold out into a long piece, but be folded back into the book again, and maybe have a little stitched or paper holder too on that page . . . . .

Or you could weave a 'story' into it somehow and tell it with stitches . . . .

Lovely, and look forward to seeing more, you are really inspiring me . . .off to make too now!


Kaye Turner said...

oops, you only have one left ;-)

Hope your brain doesn't explode...

I love patchwork. Look forward to seeing yours!

Claire said...

I love those cross stitched hearts. I'm partial to a bit of heart action myself.

If I wasn't just about to move and if we weren't contemplating a mortgage I'd be buying up a storm as these are lovely :o)

Miss 376 said...

These are lovely. Maybe you could do a separate set of books to go along with the big project at the time.
Patchwork sounds good to me

Jacky said...

Some patchwork, I'm looking forward to that with your fine embroidery skills.
Gorgeous little books...we all love to admire beautiful things and how better to showcase them.

Enjoying your new tangent.

Jacky xox

Rachel said...

Beautifully crisp and clear. They're still about textures, even when you are using colour, aren't they!

jennyflower said...

Ace! It seems your new books are giving everyone lots of joy! (I have read that ear muffs help to keep your brain from exploding) xx

Kayla coo said...

It's amazing how one idea leads to another and exciting to see how it develops.
It's lovely to see all your stitching collections arranged together.x