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







Monday, October 25, 2010

white silk and love hearts...

It really is such a pleasure making these little cushions. I have been cutting, tacking, adding labels, stuffing and hand sewing edges all weekend. Not as many as I would have hoped I have actually felt lousy since friday. Aching all over and really congested but this can in no way be described as a taxing or strenuous pastime, so delicate and pretty. Today I feel much better so perhaps the cure for all ills is surrounding yourself with embroidered silk!!


I think I have 20 finished completely, the remainder are backed and just need stuffing and the edges hand sewn to complete them. Don't the labels look good? They were custom made for me by the extremely talented Anna, check out her blog. Mind you, if you go there you will probably never come back here it is so beautiful!!
I am going to leave these for a day or so now, my throw is calling me. It is ready for another section so I need to give some thought to that and then gather my cloth together.
In other news......there isn't any. I wish I had something exciting to tell you but I fear not! As you know I don't get out much but I have been to the shed several times....

22 comments:

Rachel said...

The finished pieces look lovely.

Get well soon!

Amy said...

Amazing favors! You are doing such a good job!

Elizabeth said...

They look great Karen. What an astonishing gift to get.

Jacky said...

What beautiful wedding favours, exquisite gifts....
Hope you are feeling better soon.

Jacky xox

Dolores said...

These are gorgeous little wedding favours. So delicate and elegant. Hmm, I hate to ask but what are the dimensions? 3" square?

deanna7trees said...

the favors are beautiful. how nice that all the guests will have some of your lovely work as a keepsake.

John'aLee said...

I am so amazed at all you can get done....even when you are sick.
These are adorable! Treasured heirlooms for the guests!

Gina said...

They look beautiful Karen. Hope you feel better soon.

sylviesgarden said...

Absolutely beautiful! I love the little labels too.
I hope you feel better soon. Take care my dear.
x

jill said...

These are lovely, lucky couple

Jan said...

Oh how lovely and something so different ...love Jan xx

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Karen I really love your wee favors. I work of art to treasure. Lovely idea. I hope you are feeling better soon. Hugs judy

Suztats said...

A precious gift from the heart! Wonderful!

Gina said...

I'm going to get married again just so I can have beautiful sentimental memories! There was nothing like this in my other weddings. Only 2. Haven't been brave enough to try it again these 30+ years later but you surely tempt me with these precious favors!

stitchinglife2 said...

They look fabulous. The labels are a really nice touch.

Ingrid said...

so pretty those little cushions
glad you are feeling better

Sara Lechner said...

just amazed!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

There is no possible way I am going to share these pictures with either of my sons and their fiances - because I would be so afraid they'd want something similar for their weddings next year!! Beautiful pieces of art Karen - Jamie and Rachael are indeed lucky.

Jackie said...

I don't care how many pennies I have to put in the swear box..these are beautiful beautiful beautiful.....
I want to go to that wedding.

(Wanders off muttering..beautiful..beautiful...beautiful..beautiful....)

Jackie said...

I've wandered back again to tell everyone that the cotton name tape shop is closed.
I'm disappointed.

Q @ JAQS said...

AHH you're still sick :( Hope you feel better soon.

Those finished favors look absolutely amazing. You've done a great job on them.

connie said...

The favors are exquisite!