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







Sunday, February 20, 2011

from little acorns...

Embroidering ''little things'' for the new sketchbooks last night. Then I thought about how these would go so well with this. There is another idea brewing but it will have to stay in my head for now, so much to do at the moment. They do go so well together though don't they?

Not much to show there Karen for a saturday night party you may be thinking...well this isn't it. I also made four of the new batch of wedding favours. When I say made I mean embroidered the fronts. I can't complete them until my labels arrive but still, four favours, two flowers, more of a result than a raging hangover and too little sleep!! It's dullsville her today though and I refuse to show them in shoddy light, you will have to wait for the sunshine....

17 comments:

Lois Evensen said...

You never cease to amaze me with your designs. So very pretty!

deanna7trees said...

lollipop, lollipop, oh lolli, lollipop...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KaE3q3FYZI

avomeri said...

always beautiful!!!
Your work is so exceptional...

Joei Rhode Island said...

They do look like lollipops! And echo the pom poms perfectly.

Joanna said...

Lol and the last picture to me looks a little like a frog with a big smiley face and friendly eyes on the top - or maybe that is just me. Still all very pretty.

sylviesgarden said...

So sweet and lovely.
x

helena frontini said...

I love the flowers!
Have a nice week, Karen.

The French Bear said...

Gorgeous, girl you make me swoon!!!!
Hugs,
Margaret B

fabriquefantastique said...

yes, I though lollipops, too (the word here in north America is 'suckers', not quite the same, eh?) anyway they are yummy...and delicious

Suztats said...

I see the froggy, too!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Definitely lollipops (which is a MUCH nicer word than 'suckers', I think). Or maybe balloons? I agree that the last one does look like a happy smiling frog.

Angelcat said...

Beautiful. I thought of lovely little manicured trees, but I can see why everyone is thinking lollipops :)

Rachel said...

Like Angelcat, I saw a topiarised tree, but lollipops - yes, I can see them too!

Jenny Blair said...

Hi there! I'm dropping by from teamhandmadeuk to say hello! However I also need to stop and comment on your STUNNING work. WOWW!!!!! Absolutely beautiful and VERY inspiring :) Such dainty details and beautiful crisp colours. I am in awe :)
So very lovely to "meet" you!

Elizabeth said...

Hello talented woman, you are a busy one. Glad to hear that you are keeping epson in business.

Have a lovely visit tomorrow and I'll see you on wednesday.

xoxo e.
(I will miss you!!!!)

Carol said...

I saw flowers?

cristina said...

fairly new to embroidery...
methinks i've not ever seen
flower designs as sweet as
these! pretty. pretty. oh so
pretty!