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, March 29, 2011

unfinished......

There are several unfinished things hanging around here now. First there is yesterdays piece, there is toe wrap two and there is this. I had planned to finish the two fragments before I go away but I doubt that will happen now. I did get all the fastenings put on the back of my third hook and eye piece last night, they now need to be damp stretched which will take me up to tomorrow . The lining will hopefully go in tomorrow night so I should be sorted by thursday, a day to spare, phew. As for today, well if I get the lining ready to go in, stretch the backs, do my ironing, then I may, just may get yesterdays piece finished tonight ready for your perusal tomorrow....They have forecast gloom, grey and rain for wednesday though so the images won't be easy...so many things to think about. Oh and I have to dye my hair too, my roots are shocking!!
I had a lovely suprise in the post today which distracted me from my ''to do'' list...not complaining though.
Gina sent me the most beautiful little tatted flowers and the cutest, tiny pastel coloured hooks and eyes I have ever seen. I doubt you will see them in my work, they are far too precious, they will live in my ''special'' glass treasure cabinet. If the sun comes back anytime in the next week or so I must share them all with you. Trust me, you will be green with envy!!

14 comments:

Rachel said...

Hey, cool it! Slow down, I'm sure you'll get to everything!

Lois Evensen said...

It will all eventually get completed. :) I love watching the progress and seeing the completed items. So pretty.

deanna7trees said...

looks like you're making good progress. do you carry stitching with you when you travel?

Miss 376 said...

Won't be long and you'l have a string of finished pieces

DIAN said...

your fragments are really lovely. I checked out your etsy store. Lots of beautiful things.

Postcards from Wildwood said...

Beautiful work, Karen. Absolutely stunning. Tomorrow's rain arrived here today. Can't complain, though - we've had lots of beautiful sunny days lately.
x

StitchinByTheLake said...

There's just something about white on white stitching that is so striking. Your work is beautiful as usual! blessings, marlene

Johoanna Boykin said...

I really love your cutwork. I've never done cutwork before and am now eager to try it. I can see little faces peeking through cutwork windows on some of my fabric book pages. Ah, see, now my mind is off on some new adventure containing mushroom fairy houses with cutwork windows. Blessings to you.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Don't you wish that the horrible 'to do' list would just disappear into thin air? At least the one with all the awful to-do's - NOT the one with the creative goodies!!

Linda Carole Bloom said...

Karen, I can't stand it - I have to ask, What is a toe wrap??
Your work is beautiful, even unfinished.
Linda

jennyflower said...

Get back to your roots baby! I love the sound of the pastel hooks and eyes. Hope it all comes together with nice sunny day so you can show it all off. x

Mina Vita Ting said...

I can only say wow that was really beautiful work you have done, I've never seen so fine before, so good you are
hugs Jeanette

Pearl Maple said...

Beautiful handwork the details of your needle skills are lovely

dollystar said...

Me encanto com seus trabalhos; Ășnicos! parabĂ©ns
Dolly