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, January 13, 2011

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Remember I said that my throw now requires precise and measured sections to finish it off. No more slap dash throwing together of any old bits of fabric, not any more. Well precise and measured, in case you don't know, means precision and measuring which in turn leads to pressed cloth and the cutting out of countless hexagon templates.
This process has resulted in 24 gingham hexagons waiting to be joined and applied to their little space on my foot warmer.

It doesn't look much does it for an evenings work? The measuring and cutting takes longer than the actual tacking to the termplate. To be fair to myself and to demonstrate that I wasn't slacking or being lazy I did manage to get a piece of white tacked together too which awaits embellishment as we speak. That, hopefully, will be ready for unveiling in the morning.
Now for the latest ''jacketgate'' news. I beat the curfew, you know the one that says I don't wear it at night? Well I had a cunning plan.....! I wore it in the house last night, all snuggly whilst I was tacking my little hexagons....

11 comments:

fabriquefantastique said...

looks like an evenings work to me...

Sharyn Mallow Woerz said...

You should look into InkLingo, you wouldn't have to do any of this time consuming prep work. Honest :)
No affiliation, I've just been thinking about time a lot lately.

Happy New Year, Sharyn

sylviesgarden said...

You just made me laugh out loud with what you said about the jacket. You are funny.
x

Miss 376 said...

It's unbelievable how long it takes to cut fabric. Now the fun (best) bit begins, when you can sit and join them together

deanna7trees said...

how about a picture of your jacket??? i'd love to see it.

John'aLee said...

You've been busy gal. Have you ever checked out the 'mylar' templates for the hexagons? I've posted a tutorial at the top right hand side of my page if you are interested.

Love the colors!

Jacky said...

What a cunning plan Karen... this 'jacketgate' affair is really gathering speed. I can just visualise the pair of you simultaneously walking out the front door (of course, neighbour must have taken a day off work)...eye contact is made...cheeks flush.... do we dare go out in our identical jackets???

Beautiful hexagons and definately a nights work methinks!

Thanks for the smiles this morning.

Jacky xox

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Contrary to popular opinion I haven't fallen off the face of the earth - just behind on my blog reading. So, rather than commenting on each post I've missed I'm going to make one comment do. So, here you go...."COMMENT". (I know, I know - I'm warped).

Postcards from Wildwood said...

All this for your feet? Just while you have your first cup of coffee? I have a better idea - wear it around your shoulders pashmina-style over the jacketgate garment, and I can guarantee your neightbour (lovely though she is, I'm sure) will not accessorise with the same flair.

Tell me - do you leave the templates in the hexagons or take them out when you've stitched them together? I ask because I've never worked with hexagons but I know a lot of the old patchwork quilts are dated by the pieces of newspaper still inside the patches ... and I wonder why they don't disintegrate in the wash.

Janice. x

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello karen, your hexagons are very pretty. I never had the patience to make them. i look forward to seeing your jacket.
Have a great weekend. Hugs judy

Rachel said...

Now that's a bright idea of Janice's. Real eye-catching accessorisation!