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 20, 2011

gingham, ticking and rouleau loops....

It's sunny inside and out today, bright colours and bright images for a change!! The first of the final two pieces for my throw, not finished yet but worked on last night. The corner where this will fit needed colour to balance the whole throw and yes, it is precise and measured...I'm begining to like that method it makes life a lot easier. Before you start thinking I am a workaholic and sat and made seperate little rouleau loops, co-ordinated and everything I should fess up...these are left overs from other sections, the ''never throw anything away'' mentality pays off sometimes!!

and now for something completely different and way off tangent I might add...if you are squeamish then look away now....I debated putting this on here for a long time, oh o.k. then 30 seconds. As my mum will confirm I have never been one to suffer in silence and I have a huge need to share so I give you my hand..my painful abused hand. Top pic a cut in my index finger, (very, very sore) and two other pics of burns, off the oven, yes, me and domesticity don't go together at all. I realise these are a bit yellow. Take it from me that this is more to do with the light than me being jaundiced or having some hideous blood disorder. As far as I know my skin colour is normal and these may mislead slightly but you get the picture....pain and suffering...
now then, sorry about that...back to embroidery. I bet you thought you had stumbled upon some wierd medical blog for a minute then! I am now compiling a huge pile of FAQ's, some from way back and some new ones. Actually, if they are new then they can't really be FAQ's can they? Who cares, I will include them anyway. The other thing, the one that I can't mention is proving to be a bit of a challenge. As you know though I don't like to be beaten so I am persevering.

19 comments:

Patchwork Linda said...

Poor old you, you must look after your hands best you avoid all domestic jobs

Gina said...

Well, I did begin to think you were a stitchaholic and must have stayed up all night, posting every day as you have been but what beautiful eyecandy!

And I'm so sorry to see the wounds of domesticity. Hope they heal quickly! I'm amazed you get so much done with the ouchies.

Miss 376 said...

Ouch! As you can imagine, the last three pictures appealed to my darling little boy!
I much preferred the loops, lovely bright colours

Elizabeth said...

You are in need of a housekeeper/cook because you need your hands to do the important stuff. Love your rouleau loops each time around. Hope your son has provided you with the necessary answers and guide you through the whole process.

sylviesgarden said...

Ouch, you need to be careful my dear, your hands are very precious.
Love the hearts.
x

deanna7trees said...

i usually have those household accidents when my mind is focused elsewhere. maybe we can help you with the unmentionable, if you mention it. love those rouleau loops.

Joanna said...

Well the top pictures were a cheery spring like sight, most welcome when here in Latvia it is inches deep in snow.

Do hope those wounds heal quickly. My last wound was from stitching the daughter's wedding dress and really I needed a proper thimble that stayed on the top of my finger - do you use a thimble?

karen said...

no Joanna, I can't seem to get used to a thimble even though I have a lot of antique ones

Dolores said...

I do hope you have some salve to put on your injuries. I absolutely hate oven burns. They are surprising (you don't know you're going to get one) and painful.
Love the gingham - very fresh looking. Just right for spring...

Granny J said...

Stumbled across your blog...love it! Some advice for the burns and sores. Bloodroot tincture for burns (amazing) and Pitch Salve for sores (recipe can be found on at Ruidoso Relief Society facebook page under discussion tab.)

I will definitely be dropping in often...Thanks!

Things Hand Made said...

Oh dear, poor you. Hope they are better soon.

Suztats said...

A touch of spring in mid-winter, and a lovely sight with fresh, crisp gingham.
Your hands look sore and dry. Have you tried beeswax hand cream? I love to slather on a layer, put on plastic gloves, then a pair of cotton gloves overtop, and let the cream do it's magic as I sleep. Works wonders.

Marie said...

Take care of your hands, they are your working tools. The trow is amazing I will ome back frequently to visit your blog

Greetings from Mexico

helena frontini said...

TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF; Please!!!
The sun is coming!!!
Kisses.

Johoanna Boykin said...

Your throw is going to be divine. I can't wait to see it finished.

I have a big bruise on my leg I got while moving last weekend. It's lovely and "ripe" at the moment. I've been debating whether or not to add a pic of said bruise to my blog. I might do now after seeing your lovely medical pics.

Can't wait to see your Faqs.
Blessings

Sheep Rustler said...

Lovely pictures :) The textiles are pretty too! I am frequently covered in cuts, burns and needle stabs, it must be something to do with using our hands ...

LindaSchiffer said...

Pretty, pretty colors in your pieces today! :) Very happy making.

Poor, poor body, though!! My sympanthies on the hurts. I, myself, am a klutz and tend to get scratches and bruises easily. :P

:) Linda

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Oh, owwww! I do hope you have some aloe vera for your burns? And yes, do persevere on 'the project that can't be named' because we're all on pins & needles about it!!

Rachel said...

Ouch!

The rouleau loops look such fun, though - very cheering after the wounded hands!