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, November 22, 2010

happy days....

What a perfect day, it was truly lovely and I can't imagine that anyone who started their married life in such a wonderful way won't be together forever. Just a few sneak peeks here but I have put together an album over here so please do go and take a look. Just so you know who you are looking at Helen is my girl, James my boy. Obviously James and his dad are James and my other half, Richard is my daughters lovely partner and the rest should be self explanatory. The little lady on here is of course Lydia and considering it's the morning after the night before she was remarkably chipper!! It's hard work being the best looking female at any party never mind when you are passed round on a continual basis all day with people making srange cooing noises in your ear every five seconds!!

The happy couple are now winging their way to The Maldives and the rest of us are getting back to normality, which in this house means embroidery! I had this panel finished on friday and it was damp stretching whilst we were away for the weekend. Now I have three of these to back. My intention was to make five but I have such a busy week this week that I don't think I will get them all made by friday so my plan is to finish these three and then work on the next two.

I am thinking of embellishing these further with my puffy puff thingys so they should look more intersting when they're finished. Now I have to go and iron some backing cloth, some very nice cream cloth that I begged and stole from my mother!! Then it's sewing machine and stuffing time. Back soon....

19 comments:

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Karen, the wedding photos are fantastic and yes they look like a very very happy couple and baby Lydia is a sweetie. Congratulation to them all. Hugs Judy

Angela said...

Well Karen your grandaughter is an absolute cutie pie, they smile so much, just to show how cute they are especially for those admiring family members! Your work is gorgeous as always!!

karen said...

Hi Angela, Lydia is not my grandaughter, she is the daughter of my godson... but yes, she is so sweet.

Elizabeth said...

did they like your gifts??????

Ofcourse they did, what a silly question of me. Glad you're back to work again. I will join the working force.

Rachel said...

Lydia is indeed looking bright-eyed and bushy tailed - I wish I still had that trick!

It sounds very sensible to finish the three you've half-done before moving on to another two..

connie said...

Looked like a beautiful wedding! I am glad you had a good time. I love the gingham piece. You continue to amaze me. So when you photograph your work do you have a light box? They are always so perfect.

Tammie said...

It looks like it was a perfectly wonderful time! That baby is as cute as cute gets!

Gorgeous embroidery Karen.

Lois Evensen said...

What a beautiful wedding. Just gorgeous. Your new pieces are very lovely, too. :)

sylviesgarden said...

Oh my, it's the pink and orange again. Love it!
The wedding looks beautiful, so glad that it all went well and you had a good time.
Lydia is pure joy.
Don't worry about the versatile blogger, it took me ages.
I'm off to look at the pics. Take care.
x

Jill said...

wonderful wedding pictures, what a lovely day.
what a sweetie Lydia is!
and of course your new pieces are as beautiful as ever

Debi From the Pacific Northwest said...

Wow! Great pictures! It looks like it was a wonderful time. Love your new pieces! Really really love that blue!

;~) Debi

avomeri said...

OMG!!!Lydia is a dear sweet sweet baby! beautiful nice pretty!
I miss so much my little one...

jennyflower said...

Great picks and I love the way Lydia has a tag all to herself- just shows how important she is to you! xxx

Gina said...

What a wonderful time, surrounded by family and friends and gifts of love! love the new work too!

Jackie said...

Love the grey gingham best. Glad you enjoyed the wedding..just think this time last year we were sparkling in Teddington.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I love that wedding cake! Thanks for sharing the pictures (altho' I too am bemoaning the fact that YOU aren't in any). Lydia is adorable - sure do wish I could have had a turn at cuddling!!

Miss 376 said...

Glad you had a wonderful time. Enjoy getting back to normal

Jacky said...

What a lovely day, what a lovely table setting, what a gorgeous cake and that beautiful baby girl!

Loving you embroidery, especially the grey/lavender check.

Jacky xox

Ingrid said...

Glad you had a perfekt day,beautiful pictures of the wedding and your embroidery:-)