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







Sunday, January 9, 2011

embroidery

just sewing, adding to edges, tacking, pinning, thinking....

21 comments:

Heather Woollove said...

You think with your hands!! :)
It's looking so fresh and wonderful...just the antidote to this weather!! XXO-

jennyflower said...

N-i-c-e. That is very nice, very very nice indeed. xxx

Miss 376 said...

wow! Perfect for chasing away the winter blues

Patchwork Linda said...

Only one word needed Beautiful!

deanna7trees said...

love the way you mix the cloth colors and delicious embroidery colors and stitches.

avomeri said...

This is wonderful. It make me think of Spring! and I'm so needed of Spring...

sylviesgarden said...

Those colours are fabulous!
x

vintagerockchick said...

Ooh lovely colours - remind me of Dolly Mixtures. But then, most things remind me of sweets x

Elizabeth said...

Happy thoughts I hope.

Storycloth said...

Hi Karen - so lovely to see your work this morning. Gilly

Tammie said...

it looks like spring has sprung under your needle!

stitchinglife2 said...

That is just so pretty... just the colours we need in January.

Ingrid said...

beautiful embroidery Karen:-)

Lois Evensen said...

How lovely. You always inspire me with all of your light and lovely colors and awesome work.

maria said...

It looks so fresh...like springtime.
I love it.

Maria

Postcards from Wildwood said...

Hi Karen, Happy New Year! What a busy little blogger you have been since 2011 started. I enjoyed looking through your sketch books, seeing how they inspired your stitching, and this post with its gorgeous, fresh, ice cream colours is gorgeous!
Janice. x

jill said...

wow

Jacky said...

Very cheery. Delicious colours (like gelato) and gorgeous stitching. Who'd know it's winter over there!

Jacky xox

Carrie said...

I love the cheery colours, they remind me of Spring.

Rachel said...

After all the miserable weather here for the last few days, these colours were just what I needed to cheer me up!

maria said...

Just came back to take a second look at this beautiful piece of embroidery.

Maria