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, September 3, 2010

white on white

Are you sick of me yet? Every day posting getting you down? White on white giving you nightmares? I aplogise for both but I am just having so much fun. My embroidery has mostly happened in the evening this week, most of my days spent on this computer but 6 p.m. until 1a.m is quite a bit of stitching, only trouble is I can't get out of bed when the alarm goes off!! I feel like I'm living the life of a party animal without the party. Not complaining at all and every so often I flick a duster around or feed the thinnest looking family member so it looks like I'm attending to my housewifely duties too! This one is now you know where, I can never wait until I have a few, too impatient.

and can you see in the picture below.....I extended the buttonhole lace and connected it to the other edge making pockets!! Can you tell I am pleased with myself???

I popped to the shops this morning and look what I found, 2 beautiful pillow covers in a charity (thrift) shop for only £2.50, around $4 and these gorgeous offcuts of embroidered Broderie Anglaise for 20p around 30 cents each!!! How lucky am I.

Right, drum roll, I have drawn the pin winners. Sorry you couldn't all win and I'm afraid to report that I haven't had any luck on the lottery yet so you will have to wait on that one.
So could Jane from Looplou Adventures into Handicrafts, Rachel from Virtuoso Adventures and Judy from Discovering Textiles send me your postal details and these measly, scrawny, single packets of pins will be winging their way to you in no time.
Have a lovely weekend, I don't know if I'll be back tomorrow, depends if I get up when the alarm goes off!!


Elizabeth said...

Congratulations everyone, hope your pin brings you as much energy as they do Karen.

Karen this daily blogging is fantastic and I look forward till tomorrow. White on white is more than fine with me because I am so happy for you that you are pleased with the way things turn out.

Have a great friday night and I'll, hopefully, see you tomorrow.

xoxo e.

Miss 376 said...

Exquisite. There's not such a thing as too much white on white, love it. And thank you

Anonymous said...

Beautiful. Lucky you to find those treasures too. And lucky pins winners - congratulations. And I say that without a trace of irony!

lindaschiffer said...

LOL about waking late - I know that situation all too well. Party animal without the party indeed! :)

I'm glad for the all white, just as much as for the color. Your work is lovely to behold in any shade. :)


Magpie's Mumblings said...

As Linda said..."your work is lovely to behold in any shade"!! I couldn't have said it any better than that. Glad you found a few bits of fodder for future work - hope you can find more.

sylviesgarden said...

Fabulous again!
I think you deserve a lie in tomorrow after all your hard work.
I hope you have a good weekend.

Rachel said...

Thanks, Karen!
I love what you've been doing this week - it's so delicately done!

vintagerockchick said...

Blimey, you've been busy - all those posts AND stitching. And, as much as I love colour, it's good to see you've returned to your roots for a while - it's so pure and fresh. But, tell me, how do you eat chocolate while stitching in white?

meandering pearl said...

white on white is so beautiful, & this particularly!!! how special!!! lots of loveliness