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







Sunday, June 20, 2010

patchwork, again!

Good afternoon! I hope you are all having a great sunday. You may be bored by this post so if you are sick of crazy patchwork leave now! First of all though, my nephew was collected, fed, given a bed for the night and safely despatched to Grandma yesterday. We didn't get around to french knots, too much doom and gloom after the ''f......l'', I remain so traumatised that I can't even say it. Enough of that... I also got to meet baby Lydia for the first time yesterday and oh my!! What a gorgeous little thing she is. I think I have the bug, I think I want a baby Lydia too! Note to self.......get that thought out of your head, think how much it would interfere with the sewing. Then again......... a very young apprentice?? hmmmmm....
Well anyway, baby's and nephew's aside, this is what I have been doing too. More crazy patchwork. I really have got the bug for this it's such a pleasure to do and I'll say it again, it's like being allowed to go over the lines when you are colouring in, the possibilities are endless. Oh the freedom!


Then there is this one, yep, more crazy patchwork. Once again if you are bored witless leave now. This is my subtle and subdued piece, thought I needed it after the craziness of the last one.
This is a work in progress so please don't look too closely at the tacking or loose threads, they aren't permanent. The little beads are made from MORE new fabric, a pretty blue check, more like dogtooth than gingham I think but just as appealing.


I am determined to get three columns this week so those of you who have already done it (and you know who you are) be prepared for e-mails and cries for help. You are all so clever and I am very impressed. I am such an imbecile when it comes to this technology business. I have had a look already and nearly had a breakdown! Now I am off to make lists, lists of things like my favourite online shops, my favourite books etc, can't have a boring third column can I?

15 comments:

deanna7trees said...

Now how can anyone be bored with your patchwork or anything else you do for that matter. I favor the blue one and love the beads. 3D always appeals to me. Looking forward to your 3 column blog. It will reveal more of you.

Miss 376 said...

I love the fringing on the first one. The blue is so refreshing and the bead are a fabulous addition. What an exciting weekend you've had, babies and the "F----L". Know which must have been the most exciting.

Karen Turner said...

'When a man is tired of crazy patchwork, he is tired of life' - Samuel Johnson, I believe. I may have misquoted very slightly. Gloriously colourful.

Elizabeth said...

Just love your crazy patchwork, so please keep feeding me.

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

Hi Karen

I used this site to change one of my blogs to three columns. It worked just fine. I would advise that you save your links before altering your template however (just in case you need to add the links back after)

http://www.threecolumnblogger.com/

Your patchworks are lovely and so glad they are making you happy, that's all that matters

Kelly Fletcher said...

What a pleasure to see your take on crazy patchwork. I love it all, and the purses. Haven't had much time to blog surf in the past few months and it gets really boring seeing only your own work day after day. Thanks for the pick-me-up... much needed!

Rachel said...

These are interesting variants, Karen. I'm actually more drawn to the subtle one, although if I were to do crazy patchwork it probably wouldn't be subtle at all!

Miriam said...

Oh, I haven't popped in here for quite a while, and when i look at your truly amazing patchwork i don't understand why i didn't! O__O
This is sooo beautiful!

Amelia said...

lovely to see what you are up to and always full of new ideas . . .

Amelia.x

Jill said...

It is always a treat to see your work - bored - never.

Gina said...

Never bored Karen... love the crazy patchwork!

Tammie Lee said...

i love how you constantly have new visions to breath life into.

vintagerockchick said...

MORE beautiful work Karen. I am convinced that you either have 'staff' or your house must be a tip!
It looks like you managed the 3-column thing - I meant to send you a link I used when I did it, but you obviously didn't need it x

Jackie said...

Not bored with your lovely work but bored with the football.

deanna7trees said...

Yeah, you did it...3 columns, that is.