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







Thursday, December 9, 2010

edges...


Back to front images today, kind of. The first picture is how the second, third etc picture looks now. I put this piece together to fill and edge where one piece of the throw doesn't meet another piece. I don't know if I should really tell you that though. It makes it even more obvious that I don't know what I'm doing, or that I am so disorganised I don't know which piece fits where! Me thinks this will happen again. It doesn't matter though, not to me anyway because I love this little edge a lot. So here it is pinned together ready to go....

These little balls are so pretty. I bought this fabric (a fine cotton lawn) at the show in Harrogate, a fat quarter, but I am so tempted to get on their website and order some more. I can resist anything but temptation so it's a definite I think!! This is quire narrow, around 3 inches and 12 inches long. I don't think I will add it to the throw yet, I want to keep it seperate for a while so that I can constantly touch it, look at it and let it feed more edges.

Tomorrow I venture north playing santa. The weather seems as if it has turned, it is much milder today, hopefully it will be a trouble free journey. Most of my gifts are wrapped and ready to go, just one or two left to do. I have nearly finished another colourful, gingham section for the throw and hope to be able to show you that soon. There are also design sheets on my mind, an opportunity on my mind, I am quite excited by that.....

14 comments:

Elizabeth said...

You are not disorganized but travelling without knowing where and when you want to arrive.

Dolores said...

Lovely. Is that part of a tablecloth in there? I have one with that type of pulled thread edge. I am always amazed at your mixing fabrics and all the whites are the same colour. Simply beautiful.

deanna7trees said...

lookin' good.

Debi From the Pacific Northwest said...

This edge is so textural. There is so much to see... so much to feel and touch in a relatively small area. You are one of the masters with needle and thread! I'm going to be wrapping some lovely little purses today!

;~) Debi

Suztats said...

That edging is a nice little surprise. I don't think of it as being disorganized....I think of it as fusing sections of embroidery together, not willy-nilly, but waiting until the work tells you where it's meant to be. You are growing something beautiful and personal, and growing takes time for the fullness and ripeness to be reached. Happy & safe travelling.

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Karen, you are not disorganzied. Your mind is very creative and methodical. VBG I love the lace edging with the pretty little puff added to them. Lovely. Hugs Judy

Miss 376 said...

Love the edging piece. Don't blame you for buying some more of the fabric, it's really pretty. Have a safe journey tomorrow

Rachel said...

Isn't it fascinating how there are so many different shades of white!

It's looking lovely, Karen.

My Sweet Prairie said...

Aaaah - staring into all that white is just so satisfying for me! Lovely.

Always lovely.

~Monika
in Canada

helena frontini said...

It's always a pleasure see your work. Kisses.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Can't wait to see what you're excited about - it's surely something good! Your throw is going to be absolutely spectacular because all the elements you've been teasing us with are so intriguing.

sylviesgarden said...

So many lovely, tactile textures.
x

Jacky said...

You are just pulling it all together....not disorganised at all.

Beautiful linens and lace and those beautiful little balls.

Jacky xox

p.s. not to mention thos chinese knots below...so quirky in the gingham.

Ingrid said...

beautiful edge,and those puffs......
have a lovely weekend:-)