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







Monday, February 7, 2011

32 x 28 inches

no words today...just a picture show....

23 comments:

deanna7trees said...

it's magnificent. love how you alternated the baubles, some up some down. and i love how one of the ruffles just stands up straight with a mind of its own. so many things to take in. thanks for sharing so many photos of different angles.

Joanna said...

Definitely a piece to inspire and brighten a dull day. Great work, very pretty

avomeri said...

Just wonderful!

Miss 376 said...

Absolutely gorgeous

Jan said...

Awesome ,that realy was worth waiting to see ..love Jan xx

Rachel said...

I see the weather gave you enough light at last!

Love those Chinese Knots, by the way!

Suztats said...

Just beautiful, Karen! How nice to create something so special for yourself, and spoil your toes!

connie said...

What lucky toes you have! Karen this is just lovely, I am sure you will enjoy it. So many great textures! Have a great week!!! :-)

Marie said...

no words either, just a WWWOOOWWW!

sylviesgarden said...

Absobloominglutelystunning!
x

Marie said...

Such a beautiful work of art!! I am inspired. :)

Tammie Lee said...

look at all these wonderful details. I also feel as though I just visited spring, ah!

Gina said...

It's beautiful! And you have your very own sampler toe wrap! You have so much variety here and that is how I see it - as a sample of all your beautiful work!

I'm beginning to feel like my sister. Every time I tat something new, she says, "I want that" with a meaningful glance that indicates I should just hand it over in the moment. If you could see me, you would see the exact same expression. I want that. Can I have it?
(very big grin!)

stitchinglife2 said...

Blimey. I'm speechless too.

helena frontini said...

IT'S GORGEUOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Kisses.

Carrie said...

Wow! It's stunning.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

No words? Me neither! There ARE no words in the English language to even begin to describe this! You have lucky toes!!!

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

Truly beautiful work and just to let you know I'm having a giveaway on my blog giving away one of my hearts for valentine's day and would love you to enter. Best wishes, Carolyn x

Patchwork Linda said...

So pretty,are your toes worthy

Elizabeth said...

Now I am absolutely sure. I am in need of a toe-wrap. This is so beautiful and my feet are always cold.
For my birthday I ask days with the length of 36 hours. Than I have 12 hours extra til at work. If you know where I can get such a day, please let me know.

I envy your feet but I am also very, VERY happy for them.

Dolores said...

Every photo shows something different - something to drool over. Thanks.

jennyflower said...

What a fabulous treasure you have made for yourself- and baby...you're worth every stitch. x

Barb said...

WOW what a work of art. incredible! Makes me want to pick up some thread...Most of the time I work with paper, love to machine stitch on paper. Someday I hope to take the time and do some of this work.

can reach me at my blog

http://bhappystamp.blogspot.com/