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 28, 2011

toe wrap no.2.....

First off....WOW!!! You do like my books!! I am so grateful for all your orders, overwhelmed actually, lost for words, blown away, thankyou! If you ordered before 9 am this morning then they are posted, on their way, at the mercy of Royal Mail. Any orders after that and they will be sent on monday.
Now then, toe wrap number two. No particular reason for making this other than I am so in love with the first one that I think I will have another. A bit like kids I suppose. When I had my little girl I was worried I would never love anyone else as much ever...then I had my son and hey presto, same amount of love so I figure the same goes for toe wraps don't you.
So far I have managed a tiny bit of embroidery on broderie anglaise. The fabric peeping out from the holes I cut is the one with the birds on that I bought at the show, do you remember? This wrap will be made with completely different cloth, no gingham, some checked stuff but not actually gingham. Some stripes will find their way into it and of course there will still be white. Oh and my favourite cotton lawn will most likely get another airing too, watch this space. As for the first one, still waiting for me to get off my backside and buy the gingham for the back...should be sorted before tomorrow night fingers crossed.
I have had the decorator in this week. Remember the hole in my wall before christmas? Well the hole was fixed and allowed to dry out and now it's being titivated. I think I have remained remarkably calm considering my house has been upside down for days, stuff out of said room spread over the whole house, not mentioned it on here once until now. The reason it's mentioned now? He will be finished in about an hour, YAY!! House back, tidy up, move furniture, normality.....big sigh of relief.....

14 comments:

Elizabeth said...

The best pieces are the pieces you make from the heart, at least that is how I feel when it comes to my babies.

deanna7trees said...

just love the pink and green embroidery added to the white flowers and that red plaid cloth.

JuicyFig said...

Ooooh, this is gorgeous work! I am feeling all inadaquate now!

Kath
x

Patchwork Linda said...

How do you keep your work so clean with the builders in? It's beautiful.Vintagerockchick is sitting with me and has sorted out email details for me.

Suztats said...

I love this! Those windows with the fabric peeking through, the plaid, the coloured embroidery! Sigh!

Rachel said...

Lovely, Karen. It will be good to see where this one takes you in comparison with the other!

Miss 376 said...

Love the start to your new toe wrap, very delicate

Jackie said...

These pictures are fantastic. I love the white embroidery against the checked fabric. The books are a wonderful idea and I am mightily annoyed I didn't think of it! Well done on all the orders.

Johoanna Boykin said...

Your toe wrap, as usual, is very beautiful. I have one question - I missed the beginning of the conversation - what's a toe wrap?

jill said...

Wow this is fantastico

umelecky said...

Amazing! I'm in love with your work!

Ingrid said...

toewrap?
what ever it is its beautiful!:-)

Debi From the Pacific Northwest said...

Oh, be still my beating heart.... I adore those flowers and their stems with the tiny heart buds on them. This is just sigh-worthy!!!!!

;-) Debi

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Debi from the comment above used the perfect word "sigh-worthy"....love it, and how true it is!! I'm totally in like with the plaid you're using this time. Yum!! (glad your book is selling well...I will refrain from saying I told you so).