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, February 25, 2011

dotty loops.....

It's been a busy old day so far. Big supermarket shop stocking up for the two hungry men in my life and a few scraps for little old me, well a big jar of coffee actually and a packet of mints.....and why does it take an age to put it all away???? Marathon running, ha, don't make me laugh. Just put away a weeks worth of groceries and there's your exercise! Anyway, yet again I digress, babbling on about stuff that has no relevance to embroidery and probably bores you witless.
I had favours damp stretching last night so what to do?? I still have a lot of computer stuff to do but that never gets done after 7pm, my brain doesn't function past then. I know I thought, pin together another piece for toe wrap two and put rouleau loops in there.....
I have a feeling that this piece will ''change'' the overall appearance of the next toe wrap. For the first time I have used quite a big piece of the cotton lawn, as opposed to small pieces peeking through cutwork holes. The colour is quite different too, especially from the red and white stripes. I don't think this is a bad thing and I'm confident it will all blend together seamlessly...(said with my fingers and toes crossed and a lot of hope in my heart)
So far there is hardly any surface embroidery on here, maybe half a dozen french knots. Thing is I really MUST get on with all this secret stuff, the secret stuff that doesn't have to be a secret I'm just not ready to share is all...don't want to tempt any misadventure you know how it is.
Mind you, thinking about it, I am backing favours on the sewing machine tomorrow, I am tapping on here for the rest of this afternoon so who knows, I may embellish a little tonight, hmm, yes, maybe....

11 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Good luck with your secret project, remember one stitch, one embroidery piece, one word, one picture at the time and no matter how large the project, it will be done sooner than you think.

Love the new piece for your second toe-wrap.

Have fun that is all that counts.

Miss 376 said...

lovely to see the lawn taking a front seet for a change. It will fit in perfectly

umelecky said...

Sweet loops. Love the little dots!

Carol said...

love the lawn, and the combo/contrast with the "dots", looking forward to the secret project and hope you enjoy it. we like your whittering so don't worry!

Lois Evensen said...

I love watching all of your progress of your many projects.

Hugs,
Lois

Jan said...

A big jar of coffee ,a packet of erm ? ,and lots of sewing, Bliss ,love the loops ...love Jan xx

Joei Rhode Island said...

As always a visual feast...Love the jump from blue and white to bright reds and blues

Rachel said...

Love the dotty loops!

Suztats said...

Very cheery, and just a tad cheeky, I thought, but lovely as always. I love the lawn!

Jacky said...

I adore those rouleau loops ... with that gorgeous red print. Perfect for toe-wrap 2.
Looking a treat in the post above too. The treatment with the lace has worked perfectly.

Jacky xox

Madame Samm said...

ohhh goodness me Karen..be still my heart this is as beautiful as beautiful gets..you know what I mean...honey you make my heart pitter patter just a tad quicker...