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 14, 2011

red stripes...

It's a happier Karen today, feeling so much better Sore throat but not much else. I credit this wellness to blogging, got to be...oh and also the valentines card, unsigned????  My money is on Robbie Williams or David Beckham. They have to be anonymous, imagine the scandal. I definitelty couldn't cope with the paparazzi...
(of course it was from my other half...such a beautiful card too, thankyou xxx)
Applique circles of red striped fabric, they look so good next to the white and no running when they were damp stretched either.

a little look for you here at my wedding piece too. Told you I had made good progress. It is still to be damp stretched but that will come after one or two other little things I am thinking of adding, nothing certain yet, just a maybe.
There is a debate going on here at the moment beteween me and myself! The wedding piece is almost done, ticked off. I have toe wrap two well under way. I still have to finish the hook and eye pieces that were suddenly not required until april...so what to do next. I am half thinking make more sketchbooks for the shop, no point having a section on here about how to embellish my sketchbooks if I haven't actually got any.....decisions, decisions...oh and I am doing an exciting guest post soon that needs some kind of attention in advance...I will share more about that nearer the time. Looks like I am going to need some of that skill I sadly lack....organisation....

16 comments:

Rachel said...

The red stripes are lovely and cheerful, and make a real statement against all the white-on-white texture!

Joei Rhode Island said...

I'm guessing Justin Beiber...wouldn't just be like him??
Happy Valentine's Day Karen.
Love the bits of red with white.

sylviesgarden said...

David Beckham????
Happy Valentines Day, I'm glad you are feeling better.
x

Elizabeth said...

Good to hear that you are your happy self again but than a sweet loving valentinescard is always a good way to kick off the day.

A guestpost, well done!!!!

Jan said...

Karen I love what you have done with the red stripe ,...love Jan xx

fabriquefantastique said...

the red/white is coming along.....not quite in the exact way I had imagined....but,hey, its your work and your wonderful 'eye'

Jackie said...

I'm glad you're better. Valentines day passes unnoticed in our house from both sides!
I love the red stripes.

Joanna said...

They look like they will just add that bit of something extra needed to balance the other stripes. Great work!

deanna7trees said...

love the red and white. happy valentine's day.
did you eliminate the option to have future comments e-mailed? i like reading what others have to say.

Suztats said...

I like those red stripes! Happy Valentine's Day!

Miss 376 said...

Stunning, glad you've sorted out the colour run.

fabriquefantastique said...

Somehow I had imagined a 'schoolgirl' look....don't ask me what I mean by that. Perhaps post of 13th had influenced me.

Lalhezar said...

I have received my little book from you - it is a delight to look at - so is your blog. Your work is fascinating. My suggestion is that you write an "how to" or "project" book. I am sure it would be an absolute winner.

Lois Evensen said...

The red stripes are wonderful. What a great contrast.

helena frontini said...

I'm glad you're better.
It's always a pleasure to see your work.
Happy S. Valentine.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Glad you're feeling better! I absolutely am enthralled with the red stripes - they remind me of peppermint candies!