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, May 7, 2010

creating surfaces to embellish

Well we're in a fine mess aren't we? but somehow I find all the uncertainty exciting, interesting and very, very fascinating. Don't want to say anthing else about the election really except that I did my all night marathon and for that reason am definitely out of sorts today. The day seems upside down, inside out, I don't know if it's time too blog or time to eat. The headache has diminished thankfully but the head still feels heavy, congested. During the day yesterday, at a normal more human hour I worked with my pin tuck foot again. I created two new surfaces, this top one and a brighter one at the bottom of these pictures. These have both been added to with hand stitch, the top one has been damp stretched, the bottom one isn't quite finished yet. These pieces will probably morph into purses, almost definitely actually and hopefully before the weekend is out.
The other two smaller patchwork pieces you can see here will find their way into books. Today I seem to be surrounded by finished pieces, little things, all is not lost then on an all night election/stitching marathon! I haven't shown you all of them here, far too many but definitely next time! I am really delighted to say that one of my little patchwork and embroidery books has gone off to a new home, the other one is still available here and will be joined by smaller ones soon!
I hope you have a lovely weekend. x


deanna7trees said...

Have been following the news about your election. Looks like things are still up in the air.
Love the blue ribbon/fabric on these new pieces.
Everyone loved your buttons. Hope you get to feeling normal soon.

Miss 376 said...

This will make a beautiful purse, the fabric strip compliments the stitching perfectly-or should it be the other way round

Rachel said...

My word, you were busy last night! We decided the commentators were all saying the same thing and went to bed about one o'clock - which was still too late!

Anonymous said...

I really like the effect of layering the other fabric onto the silk base and stitching over both together. Had to smile at your comment today :-)
I managed to stay up till about 12.30; hubs did slightly better at 2.30. Interesting times indeed!

Marie said...

I am loving the prints you are adding to the white fabric. It just
adds the perfect touch of color.
Beautiful! :)

Jacky said...

The pin tucking and colours are delightful. Little purses, they sound gorgeous.

Hope you're heavy head is feeling better.

Jacky xox

Tammie said...

each piece is sweet and gorgeous, no sign of your headache in these bits of beauty. Feel well.

Jackie said...

Sorry not to have commented much lately...difficult without a screenlight. Jus borrowing my husbands macbook.
I luuuurve the duck egg fabric in these pieces. I can't wait to see what you do wit them.