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







Thursday, June 10, 2010

cutwork

It has been a cutwork fest the past couple of days, as opposed to the crazy patchwork fest of last weekend. These pieces are for purses, my frames have arrived. I seem to do things in batches of five, well purses anyway. I order them as a pack of five, does it occur to me to order more than one pack? No. So five it is and another three pieces to make. My heart wants to crazy patch, a new obsession probably. Fabric painting was on my ''to do'' list and still is, I haven't done any yet but I intend to rectify that tomorrow. Then after I have my five purse pieces it will be head down and crazy patchwork with my new painted fabric, some gingham, some lace, perhaps a little silk and all manner of embellishments. Rouleau loops, prairie points, puffs, chinese knots and anything else I can drag from my addled brain.




I'm still waiting for the larger purse frames to arrive, (only two of those). I haven't decided what I will do with them yet. Well obviously I will make purses with them but as they are more handbag size I may need to change how I start, the shape of the embroiderd piece and a little part of my brain is saying ''crazy patchwork bags''. I will have to wait until I actually see them in the flesh though then hopefully I will get a better idea of where to go with them.
I don't know what's happening with my stats this past week, they are so unpredictable! I know a lot of you read in google reader. I despise google reader! It doesn't show up on stats so it's like you were never here at all and I am beginning to feel very unloved and unwanted! Please, I beg you, ditch google reader, or at least have a first view on there and then click on me, leave a trace then I know you were here!
and now can I ask, very demanding today sorry about that. Are there any technical experts out there who can tell me how to change this blog to three columns? Me and technology, not a good mix and no, I don't know how to programme the DVD player!
P.S. thanks for the comments today. I just wanted to clarify, it's not about getting comments, it was about the fact that those who read a blog in google reader don't register as visitors, so you could have 400 viewers a day but if 300 of them only read in google reader the blogger thinks they only had 100 readers. I really don't expect a comment off everyone, especially as I am so bad at commenting myself. x

21 comments:

Miss 376 said...

Can't decide which is my favourite. Love the hearts on the blue, and the lace in the other

Kaye Turner said...

Glorious little cutwork hearts!
Sorry, I don't know anything about three column templates, although if you google 'blogger three column' you get some sort of baffling techno-blurb. Good luck!

deanna7trees said...

Blogger doesn't have a 3 column template but if you google "3 column template for blogger", you will find several sites where you can download free templates. I have hesitated to do this because I'm not sure whether it will retain all my info--too risky.

jennyflower said...

Aww don't think you're unloved- I know how you feel though I have 84 'followers' and just a very few comment. I do hope you can pull off the crazy patchwork purse, then you can keep making more and more with a clear conscience!

Rachel said...

Delightful as always, Karen.

I'm using Wordpress, so I can't be much help, I'm afraid. It should be straightforward to apply a new template, but whatever you do, back up your blog thoroughly before doing anything!

Elizabeth said...

Oh Karen you are like me also a whizkid with all the new stuff around. I didn't even know about google reader. Welcome in 2010!!!!

About stats. If they were my motivation I stopped with blogging a long time ago.

Enough about this because I have a question. Your frames haven't arrived yet. So how do you know how much fabric you exactly gonna need since your embroidering is already done? And how do you figure out where the embroidery will be when they become a part of the purse?

Have a lovely rainy day!!!!

meri said...

Oh! I'm always here reading you (yes by google reader...) sometimes I've time to write a comment sometimes no...and I only say the same thing: LOVE your work!

Postcards from Wildwood said...

Hi Karen,
Just catching up with your blog after my doggy emergency and personal bad health period. I love the purses you've been making, and the crazy patchwork. I didn't realise Google reader users don't show up on our stats. Hope you find the template you're after. Like Rachel, I'm on Wordpress and very happy with it, but I do often feel very envious when I see some of the templates Blogspot users get to use!
Bye for now,
Janice.

Gina said...

Guilty of being a Google reader! I'm always here though even if I haven't always got time to comment. Love the cutwork!

connie said...

Oh, I love the fabric pieces and I can hardly wait to see what you do with the larger bags. MMMM... I vote for patchwork?

We are all lurking even if we don't comment! We all need to see what you are up to... Don't worry!

Debi From the Pacific Northwest said...

Good Morning my friend! I don't know which one I like best either. Those gorgeous cutwork circles are classically wonderful. BUT that wonderful striped blue fabric is really calling out to me. And you know I love hearts! Huggs!

kay susan said...

I absolutely love that blue striped piece!

A Time to Dance said...

Hi Sweetie, cant wait to see the purses, have you looked at the different customised blogs?? I am afraid I arent very technical... let me know when you make some new noteboos..love H

Jane said...

I'm sorry you don't like google reader... guilty as charged. But you could subscribe to google reader yourself, and see how many subscribers you have. I didn't know they didn't get counted... I must be getting close to 100 readers. How exiting!
I love your work. Thank you for sharing.

Claire said...

ha.... I'm commenting anyway! When you look at your stats, just mentally add an extra one for me :-)

Amelia said...

I used this site and instructions:
http://www.threecolumnblogger.com/2008/09/three-column-minima-layout-version.html

But now you can get 3 column blogs just through blogger because they've updated their versions - maybe in 'design' - which I've noticed has just come on board today on my blog!?

Can't wait to see your purse/bag, you of many multiple talents :) - love it!

also, just to let you know I have re-opened gift grants again and have taken on board your good advice :) If you know anyone that might be up for it please spread the word and I'm also doing a give-away too :0

Amelia.x

Silver Sisters said...

hey! add one more to your stats! I read all the time, comment infrequently, and will not give up google reader! Reader makes my life so much easier, especially for blogs like yours (sorry!) where you don't post every day.
This is the exact reason I don't look at stats for my blog - I'm sure I would get obsessive about it.

Cerejeira said...

You know ... dont have to tell you again...reeeeeeally like your work!!!
keep an eye on a giveaway on my blog very soon.
Best regards.

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

Ah! Now I see what you mean! I always find you blog via a link on my blog ... not sure if that helps with your stats or not ... I don't understand it all myself ...

Diane said...

Blogger just added something called Template designed under the design tab iF you click on layout after you click on template design you will see the new options. Good luck!

Jacky said...

I've missed so many posts...I love your cutwork, I love your crazy patchwork purses, I love your painted fabric and I am SO glad that you have been given the OK health wise after your scare.

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful as always.

Jacky xox