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, January 24, 2011


Yes, it's arrived, the FAQ page is up and running just look up at the bar on the top. I should possibly have called it ''questions I have only been asked once, last week''!!
If you want anything else answered just let me know. It was good fun putting it together actually.
Not much embroidery for you today. I spent so much time playing with the unmentionable and roaming and enjoying the quiet of my little house yesterday that there wasn't much time left for my needle. I did manage to add the crazy patchwork piece from last week to my throw though and here it is. One lemon buttonhole stitch seam and one turquoise cross stitch seam, the final, final piece of this particular puzzle.
Since posting these pictures I have spied a couple of tacking stitches that escaped me so I had better get on to that quick sharp. This now needs to be backed and I decided against Marimekko. Somebody pointed out to me that this little toe wrap will one day be an heirloom and we wouldn't want future generations presuming that it had come from the house of Marimekko would we?? Oh no, definitely not, so gingham it is and pink I think.


jill said...

This is beautiful and I think it is a good plan to add gingham to the back, it will be more sympathetic and in keeping than the marrimekko. Thsat is a good thing, hope I haven't dug another hole again. I'm just so pleased I made the first comment. Can't check out your FAQs yet as work keep scanning my computer

sylviesgarden said...

It's looking great!!!

Elizabeth said...

So you think about starting the back of your gorgeous wrap! Couldn't you add a little bit more so you can also cover a toe from your other foot.

deanna7trees said...

i know it's for your toes but can you imagine the attention a baby would get if it was a baby blanket. might also be a great way to advertise your work.

Suztats said...

The turquoise is a nice surprise. Love how it's forming, and I think gingham is perfect for the back. Ummm, are you going to decorate it, too, so it's reversible? I'm ducking!
Off to read your FAQ's!

Miss 376 said...

It always surprises me what I see in photos that I don't see on the real thing
Gingham will be perfect for the back

Anonymous said...

The colours manage to be bright and gentle at the same time - looking great!

Kate said...

Addicted to stand alone pages?!! The throw is looking just beautiful I am utterly envious

Kate x

vintagerockchick said...

You've left off a very important FAQ "Have you ever considered writing a book?"
That's it. I'll never ask again.

Johoanna Boykin said...

Love the FAQ. Nice and simple and too the point. That piece looks lovely attached to your throw. It is certainly coming along nicely.

John'aLee said...

What a precious piece. And I think your FAQ is an awesome idea. It is wonderful that you are willing to share your depth of knowledge. One can't help but respect your awesome work and talent.