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







Saturday, September 25, 2010

shadows...

the sun is blindingly bright here today casting wierd shadows on my images. I quite like it actually and as someone who is always complaining about the lack of light for good photographs I am going to take what I can get in this department. I will complain slightly though as I had intended to clean my windows today but we all know that's impossible in bright light so sadly, (and if you believe I am sad about it you will believe anything) they will have to wait. So I am forced because of good weather to keep sewing, isn't life hard. Here is the white piece I put together yesterday to accompany my hexagons and many other pieces yet to be made for my own personal throw. I hope you like french knots, french knots created with the most lovely twisted silk thread. Unfortunately though you can't have this one but you can still have one of these.

So far this piece is minimally embellished, A couple of edges of buttonhole lace, a little area of cross stitch petals, a row of that raised stitch that I don't have a name for and french knots. Alongside this we have favours being made and today I plan more hexagons, if I work extra, extra hard I may even get all the hexagons joined together. I think it's going to be a late one, good job there's a good film on channel four!!

14 comments:

deanna7trees said...

it's looking beautiful as i knew it would. love looking at french knots but also love making them.

Miss 376 said...

French knots always make me think of you. This piece is wonderful, and it's great to have the sun out to have shadows

connie said...

You are on a roll. These are beautiful, but I would expect nothing less... :-)

Enjoy your sunshine!

sylviesgarden said...

I love the french knots, I wish I could do them, in fact I wish I could sew full stop.
x

lillalotta said...

Your patience, just takes my breath away. The delicate nature of your art, is beyond special. It tells a story. Always a place of peace; visiting the calm oasis of your work.

Rachel said...

Sunshine does at least bring all the textures to life!

Elizabeth said...

Yes, you have a really hard life!!!!

My verification word is sysund which translated from Danish means sewhealthy.

I can hear you laugh.

helena said...

I love your french knots!!!
Have a nice sunday!!!

Lois Evensen said...

Lovely work once again. I always enjoy seeing what you are doing.

Hugs,
Lois

Suztats said...

Blissful! And still drooling...

Jan said...

It is so sad when we are unble to do the ironing and clean windows ,so have to sew instead lol beautiful as ever ...love Jan xx

Ijeoma said...

Karen! Cheers for educating me in the art of French knotting, they are so beautiful to look at!

Thanks for your funny comment on my blog, it made me laugh :)

Alison said...

More gorgeous work:-)
Can I ask what your favourate embroidery threads are for doing your white work...so love to know those sort of details.
Thanks.
Alison.

A Time to Dance said...

Hello Sweetie, I have been so busy I have neglected my blogging pals...(see latest posts) hope you are well...love your fab makes...