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, August 6, 2010

raspberry silk and pink gingham

Well I said I would have to see if this combination was going to work and here we are, tried and failed a couple of times but I think I am getting there. It definitely didn't work with larger, solid blocks of the raspberry dupion but hopefully this compromise looks good to you. Really I wanted a massive piece, constructed purely of hexagons embellished with applique and embroidery without anything else. I would probably have loved that but don't really expect anyone else to so out came the white silk, a little cutwork and a match up of pieces that will come together in the end. In my head I can see this finished, you however will have to wait a little longer. There is more piecing to be done, a little putting together and then edges, yes we need fancy edges.

Tomorrow is party time, a busy weekend ahead without much time for stitching. I hope whatever your plans are that you have an enchanting weekend.
( my new favourite word..........'' enchanting''. Maybe I should have a word for the week, now there's a thought!!)

18 comments:

Miss 376 said...

I knew you would make it work! Can't wait to see the finished piece, after the partying

fabriquefantastique said...

Ohhh, coming along nicely.

meri said...

Beautiful pink and I'm not fond of pinks but that pink silk is wonderful.

So have an enchanting weekend :)
(i like the word too)

Debi From the Pacific Northwest said...

Oh my GOSH! I'm not a pink lover either, but this is heavenly! "Heavenly" is my word for the week. This is absolutely gorgeous!
(;~) Debi

Rachel said...

"Enchanting" is a good word - have a great weekend!

Jan said...

Well done, enchanting sums up your delightful peice of sewing ,have a fabulous weekend ..love Jan xx

sylviesgarden said...

Cor blimey love! It's gorgeous.
Hope you have a good weekend.
x

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful work Karen. Have an enchanting weekend and since it is party-time take Bruce with you.

helena said...

A wonderful work as usually!
Have a nice weekend. For me, it will be shooping wiht my daughter.
kisses from Portugal.

Libertybelle said...

Love the pink- it's so pretty!

Suztats said...

I love the bits of raspberry splashes with the gingham! I knew you'd make it work, somehow. Have a great weekend!

Gina said...

The pink silk and raspberry gingham is definitely enchanting!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I knew you're figure it out! I love the 'play' between the elegance of the silk and the more laid back gingham. Great juxtaposition (now how's THAT for a word of the week?!)

Texana said...

Oh, how lovely is that! Can't wait to see the finished piece!

vintagerockchick said...

What exciting and elaborate extravaganzas! Can we work our way through the alphabet? Starting with E, obviously.

Tammie said...

I certainly hope you had an enchanting weekend and week to follow. I love that word also.
Lovely lovely fabric art~

Jacky said...

Luscious....that raspberry colours is just gorgeous. Love what you are doing here.

Have a great party weekend.

Jacky xox

meandering pearl said...

oh i heart the name of this post so!!! smiles