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







Thursday, March 10, 2011

points, loops and progress....

Broderie anglaise prairie points are now added to the seam of red stripe with cutwork. My thinking was that they would ''dampen'' it down a little and I think they look really effective along that edge. I embroidered two rows of buttonhole stitch and finished with a simple row of running stitches. I think that although they are very plain there is something really appealing about these points, I've even snapped the reverse further down...I think that's a first. Infact I just had an idea, yes just now, a revelation, why not have reverse praire points somewhere else??? watch this space...see, you inspire me!
This morning I have taken over the dining table with all the sections of toe wrap two. I am pleasantly suprised at how quickly this is growing. Later on today I want to consider which two pieces to join next and give some thought to the seam for that part, loops or points? Last night I also managed to add hooks and eyes to one reverse section of the hook and eye piece...there is no panic re those at the moment, I am quite calm, let's hope it stays that way. The deadline is looming, I've had an e-mail from them setting out things I should be considering. Am I considering them? Have I considered them? I think I have...but then again I probably live in a different universe to them...I think I live in a different universe to most people, the creative universe where I live with you...

17 comments:

Joanna said...

Not a bad universe to live in though and an enjoyable one :). I like the reversed prairie points too. The whole piece is certainly looking good

Elizabeth said...

Have been thinking of your favorite shop closing. Maybe, you can visit them because they still have to set up a place to keep their stock!!!!

I can the creative universe, my bubble!!!!

Jan said...

Oh you make your own broderie Anglaise clever ,lovely ,and yes Im in that universe too maybe on the same orbit as you ?? ...love Jan xx

deanna7trees said...

love the little surprises under those prairie points. i think all people live in the creative universe but they just don't know it yet.

Miss 376 said...

This is coming together beautifully, reverse prairie points will be a lovely contrast

Lois Evensen said...

The creative world is such a fun place to be, isn't it? Your part of that world is so very beautiful. :)

Dolores said...

Great eye candy. Thank you.

Suztats said...

Such beautiful circles playing peek-a-boo, and prairie points giving direction.....sigh. It's gorgeous, Karen!! Dainty touches lace hugging stripes leading all around your toe wrap. Lux.

Gina said...

Love it! I think you are putting this one together much faster. All those ideas bubbling up from your Creative Universe are gaining speed!

mary k said...

This creative universe is a wonderful place to be. You are certainly one of the most creative embroidery residents. I want to join you in your little space and just watch you create. Oh such talent!

**EYE-SNACKS** said...

ha..you're really a bit mad now ;)
Love all these pieces and they are well photographed!

jennyflower said...

Awww, I do like this world ever so much. x

Jacky said...

Oh wow...this toe wrap is incredible. So much beautiful detail *everywhere*.
I love the red and white stipe peeping out from under those prairie points.

Jacky xox

helena frontini said...

I do love to see this beautiful points!
BRAVO!!!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Our creative universe is the best place to be - especially with the great company we find online.

Snoodles said...

I am just so amazed at all the detail and beauty - your creative universe is a lovely place to be!
Jacque in SC
quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

Rachel said...

Delightful, Karen! Your prairie points look lovely.