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 4, 2011

sore thumb...

So the second front is finished, as is the first. Well actually the first has been added to more cloth, had the edges titivated and is awaiting a damp stretching. The second one is damp stretched and awaiting backing. In these pics you can see the first panel pinned to the larger piece of silk. That was yesterday morning. Last night it was embellished with more french knots to enhance the edges and will be damp stretched later today, pile of ironing allowing that is...
these are both going to fasten on the reverse with hooks and eyes, that job is still to do. Thing is, my thumb is very sore from stitching through or around metal so I am going to leave that for a couple of days. I have made a decision though and thanks for your input last time. I will make these and put them away. Hopefully when it comes to April and I get them out again I will still love them. I shall request that we all hold hands and chant in the minutes before I look at them again, so pay attention!!
You probably won't see them again until they are finished which may be a week or so by the time I have the backs all hooked and eyed up and the construction has happened. I also need to order some cushion pads so have a good look because they are now going into semi hibernation.
I feel kind of liberated this morning, the world is my oyster, I can do anything I like, I can create on a whim. I see fabulous design sheets, amazing artwork, (in your dreams Karen!!!) Brace yourselves, next time there may be a load of old tat on here....

17 comments:

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello from Michigan. I am always amazed at the beauty of your stitching. How you create all those wee stitches are truly lovely. Love it. Hugs Judy

Gina said...

It's looking stunning-in-process.

Ouch on sore thumbs! I've been tatting so much and the humidity is so low from the furnace running that my thumb and 2nd finger are cracked at the tips again so they are bandaged up to help them heal faster so I can abuse them more!

Sue said...

Such delicate beauty. You've created a fabulous pair of pieces here, Karen! I wish your thumb a speedy recovery and your self-esteem a well-deserved boost xxx

Miss 376 said...

Go and have some fun while the thumb heals. Can't wait to see these again

jennyflower said...

Party on! Have a dozen oysters and I have absolute faith that your work will be no less gorgeous in April. xx

Elizabeth said...

You only serve us amazing work. So take you design sheets and show the world what you are capable of.

Joanna said...

I lost the top layer of skin sewing on hooks for my daughter's wedding dress and that was only a few, how you managed to survive that many I have no idea. I had to resort to the dreaded thimble to finish, I hate using them. They do look lovely though.

Suztats said...

It's gorgeous, Karen! I can't imagine not loving it come April. The texture you create with your embroidery blows me away.

Marion said...

Beautiful, Karen. I love to see stitchery done with such skill and precision.
Enjoy your freedom to explore.

Dolores said...

And who thought hooks and eyes could look so good. But then again, it's because of your stitching...

Jan said...

So beautiful ,Icant believe you would ever do tat lol ...love Jan xx

Sheep Rustler said...

That is a LOT of French knots! I used to be French knot phobic until I realised how much fun they could be, but that is possibly too many for me to contemplate doing. Look after the sore thumb :( x x x

Debi From the Pacific Northwest said...

I don't know how you do it. My fingers, hands, wrists, would have been screaming in agony long before this! I shall chant with you when the time comes. On another note, I'm still waiting for Mr. Bill to take the boxes of Christmas stuff back down to the storage in the garage and bringing up the tote that my surprise to you is in. Since I started school this week and am dragging myself around (Boy can you get out of shape fast at my age...) it'll probably be this weekend before I can really get up the steam to nag him.

;~) Debi

jill said...

These are stunning, now you can rest in the knowledge you are in front and ready for the deadline, no need to worry its complete already and it is beautiful.

stitchinglife2 said...

The day I see old tat on your blog will be evidence that I have wandered into an evil parallel universe or descended into madness. Look forward to seeing all those glorious design sheets and amazing artworks :-)

Ingrid said...

you said it yourself:
AMAZING ARTWORK:-)

Rachel said...

ouch! I hope the sore thumb gets better soon - such a familiar feeling!

Here's to 2011 - a constant flow of intriguing ideas and time to tackle them!