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







Wednesday, December 15, 2010

happier...

You will be pleased to know that I'm in a better mood today, (or maybe you couldn't care less which is fine too). I finished a third section of the white that I'm working on and damp stretched it overnight. Whilst that was happening and in the absence of anything alse to clean I decided to add the latest two pieces to my throw. Just pinned for now, a little distraction from the angst of the white. This caused a kind of psychological drum roll.....these two pieces changed completely once they had been added to the larger section and I thought....the white will do that, join what you have so far, step back and look again. So it's done, three sections are joined, (of the white...keep up!!) and I will show you them next time. They do look different, to me they look better. The rest of the pieces are measured and await embellishment. Phew!!
Back to my throw, the top picture, look up. Doesn't it look like a proper blanket now? Not ready to use, well not if you don't want to wake up with pins sticking in your unmentionables, but definitely taking shape. see, happy, happy. 

and this is the whole so far, on my floor, my CLEAN floor. As you can see it is not square, has ragged edges, has gaps, needs work. Good job it's for me or there would be another psychological meltdown going on! It will look completely different when it is finished, it will have knots and puffs and other things I haven't even thought of yet but here we have it as it is today.
Now for a proper drum roll please....my little girl won a massive award at work yesterday, nay not massive, humungous, huge, gargantuan. Think of the biggest thing you can and double it. So well done Helen, we are so proud and love you to the moon and back xxx

12 comments:

deanna7trees said...

the throw is looking magnificent. loved seeing it as a whole. and congrats to your daughter. i can imagine how proud you are.

Elizabeth said...

Your never fading enthousiasm for your throw makes me think about making one for myself. (If I can find the time!!!!)

Congratulations on the massive award for your daughter. You know I'm can be a nosey person. So would mind sharing why she got this award, did she make something or do something special besides being your special little girl.

Anyway I'm glad you enjoying your clean house and have a great time again.

xoxo e.

connie said...

:-) I am sooo happy to see your throw in it's entirety. It is beautiful, however I knew it would be. I am glad you are feeling better. I have been a bad blog stalker, Christmas and work are getting in the way. :-(

Congratulations to your daughter. Isn't it just the best when your kids are acknowledged for their accomplishments!!!

**EYE-SNACKS** said...

Karen, thank you for answering my question about etsy vs big cartel..I didn't know.

Sometimes when I see all your embroideries I think "where do you get the time..you have to eat also" ;)
But i like very much the white embroidery you made(again)with not such a good mood :)

Rachel said...

Congratulations to Helen!

It's worth remembering that elements assembled look completely different to when they are separate. Never panic until you've tested them side-by-side!

Debi From the Pacific Northwest said...

Your work on the quilt is priceless so far. I like the visual from farther away. It gives it another perspective from the up close and marvelous of the smaller parts of the whole. I can't wait to see it done... but patience IS a virtue they say. I'm still learning that one.

;~) Debi

Jill said...

So glad you are on the up Helen, hang on to that positive feeling!

Suztats said...

Yay Helen!
Your throw is looking wonderful!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Thank you for showing the entire throw because I've been dying to see the whole. I would feel like a princess if I had such a beautiful thing to use! It's so nice when one of our children excels at something - be proud Mom!!!

Miss 376 said...

So glad the happy feeling is back, and congratulations to your daughter

Amelia said...

glad you are in a better mood, and well done to your daughter. As for your work, well, it is beautiful and inspiring as always :)

Amelia.x

jennyflower said...

WELL DONE HELEN!!!!- and well done you- what a fantastic throw you are throwing. (that floor sparkles!) xxx