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 28, 2010

embroidery

Looking at this work it seems I have had a ''pretty'' week. Well a pretty couple of days anyway. I still have toffee left, very restrained, but I have just uncovered a box of chocolates that I got for my birthday and had forgotten about! Must muster some more self control, chocolate and white silk doesn't mix! These pieces are the making of purses. I ordered five purse frames, I have three pieces so I need to make another two and then when my frames arrive get them all put together. I hope that will happen over the weekend but life seems to be getting in the way at the moment. An obstacle at every turn. Nothing unusual just normal stuff but at times it frustrates me hugely!





In an ideal world my weekend would procede as follows,
no cooking
no cleaning
no shopping
no kitchen full stop.
embroider two more purses
purse frames arrive
put purses together
make books
embellish a book in a non permanent way for mini tutorial
embellish a book fully, properly, work out a price for it and test the water as per comment received following my last post
will it happen? Don't know but I hope so. You will have to come back and see!

18 comments:

meri said...

Have a weekend just as you dream it...

lillalotta said...

I like your way of thinking. That sounds like my ideal weekend too! ( sadly my world is not ideal) Will come back to see if it happened for you :)

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Good Day Karen, I love your new purse project. I look forward to seeing them. I also really love your wee stitched hearts. They are beautiful. I certainly know about "Life" getting in the way of stitching. very sad face, hey?? Take care and have a super great summer. Hugs Judy

Gina said...

Hope your weekend turns out exactly as you hope.

Gina said...

I love the way the embroidery frames all these little bits and pieces!

ah...for the perfect weekend!

deanna7trees said...

just love the half-moon circles with the white lace. the colors are beautiful as well, but there's something about all white that is so elegant.
my weekend will be spent shopping for a new washer and dryer.
hope all your weekend wishes come true.

Miss 376 said...

If it does, let me know how you managed not to cook or clean all weekend(says she whose son cooked dinner today). The fabric for the purses are beautiful, I hope the bits arrive so you can put them together

meandering pearl said...

adoring the pink & purple hearts!!! & the white cutaways!!! its just always so refreshingly beautiful!!!

Elizabeth said...

Karen, you forgot something to put on your list for your weekend. Chocolate and Bruce!!!! You need to give yourself a treat so now and again.

Happy weekend.

Ruthie said...

Karen, Lovely. Keep it up! I adore the lace circles.

Ruth

Ansie said...

the white-on-white lacy ones looks dreamy! Can't wait to see the purses. Good luck for the weekend plans...

jennyflower said...

Good luck for your perfect weekend! xx

Kaye Turner said...

Wouldn't it be marvellous to wave your hand airily and say 'Cook will see to it' instead of having to plan, shop for, cook and wash up after every meal?

On a slightly more realistic level, the lace and silk are perfect together.

Jill said...

Amelia at 101 BirdTales asked if I had seen your work and I have to say I am lost for words - stunned - I could look all day - I am continually amazed at people's (woman's) skills and their creativity. I just had no idea that embroidery could be so exquisite - thanks.

Tammie said...

oh, i love your passion for your art. I soooo very much look forward to seeing your purses.

Joei Rhode Island said...

Oh...the white is a perfect wedding accessory. If you weekend turns out as you wish....tell me which star you used.

Rachel said...

I hope the weekend turned out just as you would have wanted it!

vintagerockchick said...

You forgot - start work on my first book - to be published in time for Christmas shoppers!!
(You did say to nag you!)