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 29, 2010

crazy patchwork purses (small) on the way...

No it's not a giant biscuit, pancake or oven mitt, it's how my purses look when they are backed/lined and ready to be stitched to the frame. This is the first of my next batch of five, yes five, the magic number. I can't quite bring myself to order more than one set of frames at a time so as it's five to a set that's how I'm working, five at a time. This one has gingham, my painted cotton and lots of lace with quite a bit of hand embroidery. Further down in the photo pile there are blue ticking rouleau loops, they are part of number two which is in it's infancy. number three is waiting to be cut up and tacked together. I have all the cloth neatly pressed and stacked and number three will be mostly white for a brave person who is good at keeping white clean.
There are a couple of new books on the list today, not because I have only just discovered them but because I have only just got round to it. Whole Cloth is hugely recommended, it has been my bible for years but when I put the link up to Amazon I nearly passed out at the price. My copy was a gift from a very good friend which I received just before I started my degree and after seeing the current price I am even more grateful than I was I first received it. The price seems prohibitive to me but if you have a good library I would really recommend you try and get hold of it.
Final thoughts on the football while I'm here and then we can ''put it to bed''. I am not sad, we just weren't good enough. I don't know about you but I didn't see any passion, any love for the shirt. The best team won Lampards goal given or not. I for one won't be using that as an excuse, I know what I saw over 90 minutes. The best thing about it all is that I am no longer at serious risk of a heart attack so for that we have to be thankful!! It also means that the purses will be finished quicker too, no slowing down of production due to stress. Have a great tuesday!

11 comments:

Miss 376 said...

I like these "pre-pursed". Seeing them like this, makes me appreciate what it does to your fingers putting them together

Cerejeira said...

I really like the round piece.

Lois Evensen said...

Very, very pretty.

Jan said...

The purses look really good ,please show us when they are all done ,and as for the... erm football ,just glad its over ,they didnt really seem to have their hearts in it at all .but then what do I know lol ....love Jan xx

Rachel said...

I think an edition of five for the purses sounds a nice size. There are a lot of fascinating fragments of texture here. ..

Diane Kelsey said...

How many hours per day do you stitch? I also love french knots, but I seem to stitch for ages and only cover a small area. Book recommendation of Whole Cloth ordered from the library.

Victoria said...

Beautiful pics, beautiful work!
I will have to check out the Whole Cloth book, thanks for recommending it!

Karen Turner said...

It looks like an excellent book indeed - could hardly believe the price though! Purses in progress are looking great.

Needles said...

Karen, it has been a few weeks, but as ever, your posts are a ray of creativity and inspiration in my day. Marvelous looking pre- bags.

And yup, I love the new format.

Denise

Ingrid said...

the round piece looks beautiful:-)

Jeanne said...

All I can say is WOW, I found you on flickr, checking out embroidery groups. I haven't ever seen anything like this. I do crazy quilting and embroidery but have never seen a combo. like this. CUTE CUTE CUTE!!!!!!!!