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







Friday, January 14, 2011

news of a wedding piece....

No, it's not for them. You know, the people who are getting married on April 29th, my little girls birthday. They couldn't afford me! This is for a lovely lady whom I shall only refer to as ''A'' because we don't want to give anything away do we. I am reliably informed that the bride doesn't know I exist which is a good thing. It means I can work on her cloth and show you without spoiling the suprise. A very unusual yet good thing happened in relation to this piece, the wedding piece. ''A'' and I were communicating by e-mail over a period of a couple of days to try and sort out the finer details. She then asked could she ring me instead, much quicker than e-mailing back and forth. So we talked on the phone and you know what, it was great, got things sorted in the blink of an eye. Now I know why they invented telephones and I also think maybe e-mail isn' the way forward after all. Anyway, I haven't even started the piece yet so I should really tell you what todays offering is... It's for my feet, yes Janice, my feet!!

They are very nice feet really they are but to be precise, this white cloth is for my throw which as you know will most likely be used to warm my feet when I first drag my bones out of bed in the morning. My favourite fine cotton lawn is making another appearance here, applique this time. Can you tell how much I love this fabric??? Now I am thinking I should make another list because I have a few things to do don't I. I need to make more gingham hexagons, I need to add these pieces to my throw, I need to give some kind of conscious nod in the direction of my special hook and eye pieces and I need to start the wedding cloth. My family are already looking hungry in anticipation of me doing even less on the ''mother'' and ''wife'' front than usual, bless them, how do they survive....

11 comments:

Ingrid said...

AAAHHHHHH I wish I was your feet!

Gina said...

Loving those little flowery circles.

Elizabeth said...

Your throw is gonna be the most impressive piece to cover ones feet but I love none the less.

fabriquefantastique said...

not only is your embroidery inspiring...so are your computer skills!!!!

Miss 376 said...

I am with Ingrid, lol. I've just spent the whole morning baking in the hope that the vultures, sorry, the boys, will leave me alone to play.
I love the layers in this piece

Suztats said...

You'll have some very happy and toasty toes!

sylviesgarden said...

I really don't know how you do it! It's another stunner!
x

jill said...

stunning and thanks for the link it is great

Rachel said...

More wonderfully delicate work. How I envy you your toasty warm toes!

karen said...

just to clarify....it won't be permanently wrapped around my feet. I will occasionally allow it to lounge on the sofa....

Magpie's Mumblings said...

It's amazing how quickly we have forgotten what a wonder of technology the telephone is!