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







Tuesday, January 11, 2011

monday into tuesday...

The little white panel with the fine cotton lawn peep holes was finished last night. It's good to get stuff finished just before bedtime, it can be damp stretching whilst you snooze. This morning has been spent trying to get decent photos and then pinning the piece to the larger cloth.
I'm not sure how much bigger I am going to make this. I mean... it could go on forever. I could be in my old folks rest home before we get to the backing stage at this rate. There are still a couple of ''filling'' pieces to be made and then I might call it a day. Will keep you posted on that one. As it's for me it doesn't matter how big it is does it, it is after all just going to be something for my feet in the morning when I first get up and am having my ''return me to human form'' coffee. Another consideration...are you sick of seeing it? I know I post about different sections yet when I show them added to the whole thing you are seeing it all over again. I can imagine you all thinking, ''pesky throw, sick of it, same old same old, yawn , yawn''. The next big decision, what do I back it with? Pretty gingham? or do I raid my Marimekko stash and have a very precious reverse? Oh dear, raiding my Marimekko stash would be painful. I have lots of it but I like having lots of it, knowing it's there. I will ruminate on that one....
as for ''jacketgate''...haven't seen a sight of it on the street yet today. Mine is still on its hanger, reminding me of her next door......
(she is very nice really, probably deserves a better neighbour than me poor woman)

16 comments:

avomeri said...

Such beautiful work you do on that beautiful lace, Karen!
I'm around some lace scraps I have...but haven't your skills and taste. Let's see what I get!

Miss 376 said...

No, not sick of it yet. I keep dreaming of what it would be like to wrap myself in it

fabriquefantastique said...

love the little glimpse of the lawn, so alluring

Elizabeth said...

You can keep at it for some time to come because each time there is something new to see, learn and hear what your next step will be.

Jacketgate, you make me laugh.

deanna7trees said...

i think you should use the marimekko. then you will get to see it more often. and it will be a good reason to get some more.

Joanna said...

I love the glimpses. I like Deanna's idea, go for it.

Any ideas on how to damp stretch a 2m by 75cm shawl before backing it? I think it is silk on a piece of wool backing.

pirate said...

I sure do understand the Marimekko Dilemma. I, also, have fabric that is "too special" to use. I become paralyzed with apprehension whenever I think to use it ... is this the BEST use for this wonderful fabric? What if this is a faulty decision? What if I *waste* this fabric because of the faulty decision? Oh, the horror of it all!

So, the fabric goes back into the stash to be admired again. And not be used.

Heck, I don't know if any of my "special" fabrics will ever get used for precisely that reason. I *should* use them for *something*, that way I would have the enjoyment of seeing them around the house.

But ... what if I make a bad decision?

What a perverse situation!

Therefore ... USE your danged Marimekko and ENJOY it! (I'll try to do the same. No promises.) :-)

Carrie said...

I've just read your post about how to damp stretch and it is a revelation! I'd never heard of it. Thanks!

helena frontini said...

What a wonderful lace you've got there!!!

jill said...

no one is fed up of seeing the throw and yes use the marrimeko, its a precious blanket so will be a good use of it

Rachel said...

I marvel at the the photographs you take, and don't really mind what they depict, as long as it is some of your work!

jennyflower said...

Nope- not bored- (will let you know if that changes ;0) ). I am voting for using the precious fabric- as modern culture tells us- you're worth it! xxx

Sea Angels said...

Happy New Year Karen.. I am sorry to be late I lost your link and found it on a Time to Dance.
Hope you had a good Christmas lots of sewing ha ha.
Hugs Lynn xxx

Jacky said...

Make it very special...go on...use your beautiful marimekko fabrics. I mean it is for you and you can enjoy it forever!

Smiling at you 'jacketgate' story! and that fine lawn fabric is a delight.

Jacky xox

sylviesgarden said...

I don't think I will ever tire of looking at your work. I love the little pops of fabric peeping through.
x

connie said...

I will never get tired of the throw photos. It is an incredible piece. Of, course I love them all.

Thanks for visiting. I am hoping to blog more this month, I hope... :-)