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

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

crazy patchwork purse?

More crazy patching, this time for a purse I think. I have made it purse size and am hoping that when I come to sew it to the frame it won't be too thick, so thick that my fingers will protest. There are now 5 pieces embroidered waiting to become purses. That means backing them and attaching them to frames is yet to happen but I hope to make some progress with that later today. Thing is, crazy patchwork is becoming so addictive. This one though, (sorry) will have to be a little more expensive than the others because so much more time has gone into it, but that's self evident is it not? I actually won't mind anyway if nobody wants it because I deliberated for ages as to whether I should just keep it for myself.

Things have been a bit wierd here this week and I am kind of out of sorts a bit. My routine has been disrupted, my plans thrown adrift. I had a routine medical thing which they said threw up something abnormal. I am not ill, I didn't feel ill and I just knew I was o.k. Everyone around me flapping, contacting undertakers, ordering flowers (well maybe not that bad but you get my drift!) and me just sitting sewing the calmest of all. I never knew so many people cared and am grateful for that honestly, despite my flippancy! Anyway, I have been to the hospital today and there is actually nothing wrong with me but don't these things put you off your stride? So things may take time to get back to normal here. I have stuff to catch up on and my three columns probably won't appear this week. I definitely intend to do it but want to make new link lists and things and I just won't have time yet.
Never fear though, the sewing continues. More crazy patchwork tacked together ready for embellishing and new gingham arrived! (the yellow one)

I am using my painted fabric from last time in this and it does look different doesn't it. For now I have only appliqued two circles embellishment wise but I have plans, big plans. see you soon x


Diane said...

The crazy quilting is SO addicting but also So time consuming. I feel the one purse I made is priced too expensively but it doesnt even come close to taking in all the hours it took to stitch it!

SO Happy to hear everything turned out OK. I had the exact thing happen to me once and went to the hospital on pins and needles only to find it was a false alarm. Better safe than sorry is how I look at it though...

Debi From the Pacific Northwest said...

I told you it would look different once you started using the fabric. You just weren't satisfied with it as a whole. I think your bottom composition is going to be lovely. BUT the TOP ONE. Oh it's gorgeous! I think it will make a very special purse.
You do such lovely work... a wonderful way to drink my coffee in the morning. I love looking at yummy textiles!

Miss 376 said...

So glad everything turned out ok. Lovely that you were able to keep calm through it all with your embroidery. The patchwork piece is gorgeous, can't wait to see how that looks in a purse

Kaye Turner said...

The orange crosses on blue squares - fantastic. Inspired! That piece is one beautiful piece of stitching.

Elizabeth said...

These crazy quilt pieces look so different than your white pieces. Still it is fantastic to read about your enthousiasme.
It is good to hear that you are healthy.

Have a lovely evening.

Jasmine said...

So pretty! I love it all.

jennyflower said...

Cool craziness! Glad you are o.k. you mustn't scare people like that. ;0) xx

Rachel said...

Sorry to hear about the scare, and very glad that's all it was.

The latest work "feels" different somehow - still your trademark textures, but there is a feeling of a new departure..

Kayla coo said...

Hi Karen,
I'm so glad you are OK,what a relief.
Your bright colours suggest a new start and happiness.
M x

Denise Felton said...

So gorgeous! I put a link to this post on my blog at I hope it brings you a few extra clicks.