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







Sunday, March 27, 2011

simple...

Muslin bags, very simple and white. I just felt as if I needed an extra barrier between the work and the dirt. The first two of these are now completely finished and ready. I'm sorry I can't show you the whole thing, I need to keep them to myself for a little while, just until the potential client has seen them. The backs are especially lovely I think, hook and eye fastenings, no embroidery but I just love the way the edges meet.
The third piece of this collection is almost finished too, a little more embroidery and then it can be damp stretched, backed and lined. I don't have a bag for this one yet, I ran out of muslin. No prizes for organisation there then!!

14 comments:

Carol said...

stunningly simple, can't wait to see the whole

helena frontini said...

Here I am to wish a nice sunday and to admire your work.
Kisses.

Miss 376 said...

I'm sure they will love them

fabriquefantastique said...

never miss your post,Karen, even though I do not always leave a comment. Unbelievable -19 today (yes thats minus)

Lois Evensen said...

So very pure and beautiful. Lovely!

Hugs,
Lois

Rachel said...

That's a great idea - clients always appreciate the extra elements of presentation.

jude said...

simple is good.

deanna7trees said...

muslin bags---a good idea.

Gina said...

The muslin bags may be simple, but see your little tag there, and they are white while many are unbleached. Very nice.

The embroidery will be exceptional too when we get to see it all.

Elizabeth said...

It looks stunning and you know what I'm glad I'm not the only one who runs into organisational problems!!!!

Have fun with your needle tonight and the wrap?!?

Storycloth said...

Hi Karen - I think the clean, simple white with the silver hooks and eyes is very good. Just the right balance. Very clever. Like the drawings below too! Gilly

Johoanna Boykin said...

Simple is good. Can't wait to see these pieces. I'm sure they are stunning.

stitchinglife2 said...

Lucky recipient :-)

Magpie's Mumblings said...

You have a way to make even something as simple as a muslin bag look ever so elegant.