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







Tuesday, February 1, 2011

waiting....

I have so many pieces waiting for attention it's a bit like eeny meeny miny moe round here. The internet, the computer, the camera, the printer are all conspiring to keep me from embroidery. My morning routine generally consists of check e-mail, answer e-mail, take pictures, edit pictures ( an unbelievably long job), post blog, post flickr, post facebook and update shop if there's anything to put in there that is. The way I'm going there won't ever be anything to put in there, too much computer. That's why I was happy to find two little ''patches'' languishing in a folder upstairs...they are now photographed and in the shop...productive morning then. Thing is it's 1 pm now and I have done no embroidery at all. When I have done this I have to go to the post office, I have to print more books, I have to go and collect my son at 5 then I have to make a meal, sort the kitchen out.....it will be a late sewing session today then..
I get to my sewing time and that's when eeny meeny miny moe comes in...a pile to finish and my wedding piece.. The wedding piece is my priority so that's tonight sorted out then.

Last night I was tired, didn't trust myself with the wedding piece, white on white. You need to be awake to do that, not half dead on the sofa drinking copious amounts of coffee, hoping the phone doesn't ring because you would struggle to put a coherent sentence together, so I made some little, pretty, delicate puffs for the piece I showed you yesterday. My stuffing is very forgiving, doesn't mind being man handled and pushed around at all, requires very little attention in fact so was very manageable. Only made 4 though....very poor show Karen.... allthough I would have been more unhappy had I made nothing so 4 has to be a result...

12 comments:

Rachel said...

The puffs look very sweet, I must say.

I know how you feel about jobs to do - I can't think straight at present for wondering what jobs I can fit in!

Dolores said...

I'm sure things will settle down and you can carry on with your sewing. I do hope you can do it in the daylight or is lamplight best? Do you have one of those lamps dedicated to needlework?
It's nice to find something smaller to work on when you don't or can't work on something big.

Miss 376 said...

These are definitely a result, adorable!

Lesley said...

I know the feeling. I don't get as much sewing done as I need and want to. Sometimes I think maybe I should give up something - blogging? Facebook? Etsy? Twitter? But then I know that all of these intertwine with each other and bring me friendships, ideas, and yes, business. So I keep plugging away at them, and am always "sew" happy when I finally get time to sew.

deanna7trees said...

can't stop looking at those puffs. i love them.

sylviesgarden said...

I don't know how you fit it all in. Try not to over do it my dear.
x

Joei Rhode Island said...

So many things...so little time.
Love the leafy green in all that white.

Johoanna Boykin said...

Your puffs are very sweet. I know what it's like to spend too much time in front of the computer...and then with the heat at the moment I am getting very little done.

Tammie Lee said...

I hope you got some sleep, you do sound as though you were very tired. your little puffs are so sweet!

Suztats said...

Those puffs looked like eyeballs staring at me and telling me to get off the comp and go to work. But I stared them down, I did.
So cute!

Gina said...

I know what you mean about the computer taking up so much time. I backed up from facebook when it was taking even more time and don't put things on flickr but I don't sell my stuff yet either. I can barely keep up with what I do already! I already saw the next post, the wedding piece. That's an excellent story photo, your work in the hoop with the needle and thread and what you've done already. Have a productive day!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

The puffs remind me of eyes - on a sweet little doll or animal, all done in white.