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







Friday, April 16, 2010

little books of colour

Where has this week gone? I can't believe how quickly it has passed and I have so much to do. I have lots and lots of e-mails to answer, I haven't forgotten about you honest and I promise I will get round to it soon. My little books of colour are finished......they are so gorgeous, (don't mean to blow my own trumpet, but honestly they are) These have brightly coloured graph paper added and some prints of my own work as extra pages. They've also got decorative covers, some stitching onto paper which has been added to the front. What do you think? One thing I noticed making these is how I have been drawn to pink. All shades of pink, some reds, no blues and quite a few greens. it's the pink that got me though, I must be a subconscious sugary kind of person!





I have put them in the shop and we shall see how that goes. I sold my white book and actually posted it off to it's new home this morning. I hope these go down well because I can't think of a more pleasurable way to spend my time. ( I was going to say something cryptic there about Robbie Williams but best not!)
So, what now? I am definitely going to print more images of my work, I am happy with how that looks as a page so want to play with it further. More pages for more books? I have to finish the purse which means getting the sewing machine out. I could probably take advantage of that and create some textures for different projects. I have a special foot for my machine, a pin tuck foot, it creates the most lovely pleats and I'm sure I could use them as a base for something. So looks like that's my weekend then, sewing machine, surfaces, e-mails and printer. Hope you have a good one!
I forgot to say and I have to say....all the little embroideries are widow mounted, like little pictures in frames. I am so pleased I did that even though it nearly broke my back bending, cutting the paper!!

9 comments:

deanna7trees said...

Beautiful, as usual. Love the little mounted embroideries. keep on....

lillalotta said...

Ooo they do. They look beautiful. Such dedication!

Miss 376 said...

No pain, no gain, as they say, lol. These have turned out really well, so pleased you've got as much pleasure making them as we get admiring them. Enjoy your weekend with the sewing machine

MagicMarkingsArt said...

so gorgeous - I am in awe!

Debi From the Pacific Northwest said...

Geesh those went fast!!!!! I think you need to do MORE!
HuGGs!

Kaye Turner said...

Think you need to make some more of those... gorgeous, well done. Enjoy your weekend :-)

Victoria said...

I am totally enthralled by your little books. Pure delight and genius, too!

connie said...

These are so lovely, I think you are really on to something special. Keep going!!!

jewels50 said...

I love your work, I'm addicted to cross stitch using natural dyed fibers, and I have made some quilts, but your work is beautiful I wonder do you sell any?