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 28, 2011

more....

Yes, more tiny pieces. Another three to be precise so that's seven left to go. Don't think that because I'm counting down like this that this is a chore, far from it, it's a pleasure...all these little pieces of embroidered cloth lying around. It's like some kind of old fashioned haberdashery in here at the moment. I went and bought all the paper this morning so I think I'm on track to have these little sketchbooks finished by the weekend. It's also unusually quiet here too....I am delighted to report that my telephone is broken....bliss....may not have to go and live in that cave afer all. I will buy another one honestly, just let me enjoy the peace a little longer....please.
Wedding favours are almost finished, three more to stuff and then hand sew the edges.  Tomorrow I will show you those providing we EVER GET SOME SUNSHINE. It's like living in perpetual darkness here...didn't realise I had moved to the North Pole.
In other news.....secret mission finished, complete, ticked off my list. Guest post...half done, should be finished tomorrow. This sunday is baby Lydias baptism...bless her she is soooooo cute!! The downside...I have to find something to wear.....and if the wedding is anything to go by that won't be an easy task...wednesday is marked down for that so roll on thursday!!

10 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Oh, you little ones are so cute. These books will be a gorgeous set.

Miss 376 said...

You've certainly got the production line working well. Delightful stitching that compliments the lace beautifully

Rachel said...

The blue and white and the yellow and white pieces have a completely different "feel" to them, don't they - lovely!

jennyflower said...

Oh just shave your legs and wrap yourself in your toe cloth! (Lydia will be beaming at you whatever you wear!)

deanna7trees said...

lovely, little pieces. i always love the ruffled ones.

Suztats said...

I am drawn to the white and yellow....probably because it represents spring and sunshine and I could use a little of both as it's grey and SNOWing again! this morning. Your little pieces are sweet.

Lois Evensen said...

They are all so pretty. I don't think I could decide which I like the best.

fabriquefantastique said...

I would love to have some of these as cuffs.
Hate shopping so I sympathize

Joanna said...

I've told you before Karen you should come to Latvia - been nice and sunny for a month. It has even warmed up too :) well to -4C today

Gina said...

Here's another question for your FAQ's. What kind of thread do you use for your embroidery? It has a lovely sheen.