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, March 7, 2011

just for you....

Hi!! I am so happy today, in such a good mood. That's because I had the best weekend ever. Both my kids at home, a delightful christening, a beautiful baby. I listed my books, I was amazed at all the brilliant comments I got over on my guest post. I'm feeling a bit spoilt truth be told...So, this morning, agonising over what to post because I have done zero stitching at all since thursday!! Yes, thursday...I came up with an idea to spread the love. Don't worry, I haven't gone all gooey all of a sudden, I will be back to my miserable self in no time at all but if I was you I would enjoy it while it lasts!!! Anyway....babbling again...do you know this is my 561st post!!! I didn't celebrate number 500, very remiss of me, so in an effort to compensate and fill todays blank page I thought I would give something away..
I put this little design sheet/ sketchbook page together. A tiny scrap of vintage embroidery, some wrapped thread to colour match the cloth, a little stitched paper, a composition.

Whoever wins this can either leave it as it is, mounted on high quality watercolour paper, they could use it as an additional page in their own sketchbook or it would be usefull as a scrap of old rubbish to write your shopping list on... a multi tasking mini design sheet!! All you have to do is leave a comment, simple as that. AND...now don't pass out or faint or anything, tomorrow I am giving something else away!!
Back to yesterday and the weekend and the christening and all that. Those of you who were around last night will have seen that I posted pics from the christening, scroll down and you will get a look at the three people who light up every day for me...
that's enough gooey stuff for at least a year, back to misery tomorrow...see you then...

50 comments:

Heather Woollove said...

Ooooh, yes...me please!! XXO-

sheila said...

Pick me, pick me!
Sheila

Miss 376 said...

It definitely won't be shopping list fodder, lol

Gilli said...

Yay! I should be polite and say "Yes please, may I have it?" But what I really want to say is gimme gimme gimme.

Ingrid said...

glad you are having such a happy day:-)
please put me in the hat:-)

karen said...

I like the new pieces for today (I'm getting going with my tea and my "fun" blogs before studying for a midterm) and I don't know how to sign up for the gifts you are offering - I can see putting THEM in my sketchbook. I did try once to leave a comment for you directly on your blog but it never came thru, so I'm not getting it right. BETSY

Lois Evensen said...

Karen,

Of course, I want to be entered for your give-away! I would love to be the winner!

Hugs,
Lois

Sue said...

Can feel the glow of happiness and contentment from here: thanks for sharing the joy xxx

deanna7trees said...

ha...is BETSY now your alias???? beautiful giveaway. you are so generous.

deanna7trees said...

should have thought before i spoke. i guess you are posting it for someone else. sorry.

Elizabeth said...

This is the most fantastic day. The sun is shining brightly and we both celebrate. Love these sweet co-incidences!!!!

Enjoy all!!!!

Rachel said...

It's delightful, Karen. I'm so glad that the weekend went so well, too!

Ulla said...

It would be great to be a winner.
I wish you a creative day
Ulla

Suztats said...

Ooooh! Oooooh! Me! Yes, me. Pick me! Pick meeeeeeee! Please?

Brenda T said...

I would love to have a page of your beautiful work! Families are precious... what a memorable weekend!

Gina said...

You are definitely floating on clouds! Of course we would love to share the joy!

Brenda T said...

I would love to have a page of your beautiful work! Families are precious... what a memorable weekend!

Joanna said...

So glad you had a good weekend, your positively radiating happiness - you never know it may last a bit longer :o).

You have given me an idea for a hallway curtain, to keep the draughts at bay. Lots of interesting bits of fabric and stitching it all together but I think I will get out the sewing machine or it might be next year before it gets done, or maybe the year after that.

connie said...

Oh, my Karen you have been on a roll and a busy woman!!! I loved seeing photos of your family. Sounds like a perfect weekend. Thanks for sharing. I hope your week is as productive and fun! Take Care.

Jane said...

I would love to win a little bit of embroidery!
Jane

mary k said...

Karen, Oh how I would love to win this offering to add to your little book. I have become such a fan of your work.
I am glad you had a wonderful weekend. Your little grand baby is beautiful!
You are such an inspiration to me. I went out and bought materials to start my own little sketch book. Thank you!

Sue Morris said...

love your work. Please include me in your giveaway.
Sue

helena frontini said...

I'm sure you had great moments with your beautiful daughter and your son. Lydia was so beautiful on her white dress.
I wound't mind (not at all!!!!!!!!!!!!) if you pick my name!
Kisses

lilipopo said...

I want it!!
and I loved your guest post I am inspired to go and sew for myself, I loved what you wrote about freedom to experiment without worrying about a future owner

Kate x

Laura said...

I know it's for me!

jill said...

I have been away a few days and just flicked through your blog, your work is ridiculously beautiful, well done on your guest post and James looks like a Dr at work, it is uncanny. I have even told him he looks like my friends son

Sheep Rustler said...

I just fainted at the thought of using it as a shopping list!!!

Terri said...

How beautiful! i would love to have a chance to own something of yours. thanks so much, terri in bc

Miriam Weaver said...

I want it.... ooops did I (Type) say that out loud! It would look lovely in my sketch book.
Glad you had such a great weekend, lovely photo's from yesterday.x

Beabee said...

Glad your weekend went well. I love this little display - thanks for offering it.

Hoola Tallulah said...

What a lovely and unique giveaway, thanks so much! :)

Magpie's Mumblings said...

A scrap of rubbish to write a shopping list on? Oh the horror!!!!! How can you even suggest such a thing???

LindaSchiffer said...

LOL about writing a shopping list on your pretty goodies -- no list I ever made looked that good! :)

Linda

Patchwork Linda said...

If I were lucky I would start my very own sketchbook which I've been meaning to do for ages.Glad you had a great weekend. x

Vem da Terra said...

Hello, I am admirer of your work, all very original and creative. If you do not mind any day I'll post some pictures of your work on my blog, with due credit. Best wishes and congratulations!
Marilsa

netamir said...

Can I join this one too? I have found your blog only recently and your work is so beautiful and impressive!

Linda Carole Bloom said...

What a beautiful piece, I love the rose and everything blends together beautifully!

avomeri said...

I'm not sure if it's in time to enter...I would love to win of course

avo.meri@hotmail.com

flower friend said...

Love your work Karen. As my daughters each have a lovely piece, I would relish having a beautiful piece just for me.

Carol said...

Oh I would love to be included in the draw pweeese!

DIAN said...

What a fabulous give-away. Such beautiful pieces.

jennyflower said...

Put me in the hat please Karen- I need to do a food shop!! ;0)

StitchinByTheLake said...

Sigh. I don't know how you choose what to put together but it is stunning. Thanks so much for your generosity. blessings, marlene

Angela said...

I can't imagine anyone wanting to use something so beautiful for scribbling out a shopping list!! :)

Dolores said...

What a nice display of inspiration. Thank you.

jan said...

So glad you had such a lovely weekend. Your generosity is overwhelming. I think it entitles you to be as gooey as often as it suits you.

warren said...

This is the first time I have ever left a message!! I do enjoy seeing your work.

**EYE-SNACKS** said...

oh,am i too late? I hope not..i love this give-away!

Marcia W. said...

Please enter me into the drawing for your lovely sketchbook page (looks like should be mounted and displayed).
Little babies are always so cute and adorable - thanks for sharing the photos.

Debi From the Pacific Northwest said...

I've loved your work since... well it feels like forever!!
Please add me to the hat. I would adore winning anything from you!

;-) Debi