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, September 5, 2010

for your wall?


I had a blinding revelation last night. They don't happen very often so I have to make the most of them. What I thought, would these look like hung from a simple contraption with simple clips? and here you have it, not bad me thinks. Could turn out to be a damp squib of course, you may not care what they would look like hung from any kind of contraption but hey, at least now I know. This is the latest but definitely not the last piece of white on white, kind of patchwork, very much embroidery. I like the fact that this is square, the others could have been square too, no particular reason for any shape really just however the fancy takes me.








I do have to say that I am not responsible for the big, beautiful flower on this piece, not quite that talented I'm afraid. It was cut from a piece of old cloth, can't take credit for what's not mine.
I am at the end of what seems like a marathon, an enjoyable marathon though. This is my seventh post in a row but I doubt I will make it to eight. I have stuff to do tomorrow, pins to package for a start and holiday stuff. Yes I am off on my holidays soon, well four weeks, but there are things I need to sort out in advance. You don't get rid of me that easily though, if it's not tomorrow it will be tuesday.
Have a lovely sunday...

13 comments:

deanna7trees said...

your pieces would look beautiful no matter how they are displayed. may i suggest your name be more prominent on your pieces. it could easily be cropped out being so small. have a great sunday.

karen said...

I thought about that Deanna but it really grieves me to have to do it at all and I hate how it looks. I am scared of spoiling my images if it's bigger. Fingers crossed no thieves aren reading this but if it does happen then I will make it HUGE!!!

Miss 376 said...

I like the hanging contraption, I can see a long panel hanging from something like this

Char said...

I started embroidery in 1972 but I never got to your level. Your work is divine. You add such beauty to the world.

Rachel said...

You could extend the idea of hanging pieces by putting a pocket for a dowel in the back of the piece, as well...

Elizabeth said...

Karen, to display it this way is a great idea and if you would make it larger it could be turned into a room-divider. Wouln't that be awesome!!!

Lois Evensen said...

Yes, your work would be very pretty displayed on a wall, but I think I would mount it in a box and cover it with glass to keep it pristine as it is in your images.

Beautiful work!

Hugs,
Lois

Jan said...

Wouldnt it look lovely if you made a big peice as a bed head .hanging from a contraction ,or framed in one of those ,decapauge(sp) frames ,...love Jan xx

Suztats said...

Looks great hanging, but I agree in a shadow box or framed with glass would protect your work.

Jackie said...

Ooh yes I like the contraption with you rwork on it.

Gina said...

It's a beautiful piece and I do like this way of displaying it!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

This is a great idea! I can envision a series of these hung similarly to a bell pull ( if you get the mental image I'm trying to portray).

jennyflower said...

I wonder if you could source some vintage trouser hangers- as a reference back to your idea around domesticity and women's work? Just a thought as they do look ace 'hung'. xxx