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 8, 2011

you are so spoilt....

Told you I would be getting rid if some more of my old tat today!! I am giving these away...you may have seen them before. Two samples from way back when that were languishing in a drawer miraculously transformed into pin pillows....The reason for my unknown and uncharacteristic generosity? A complete lack of anything else to put on here. Have a day off I hear you cry!! Sorry, no can do, I need you more than you need me..

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I am still wading my way through dirty washing from the weekend, re stocking cupboards, cutting pages for books, wrapping books, wending my way to the post office. This morning I went out to buy silk and discovered that my favourite fabric shop in the whole of Lancashire is shutting down.....nooooooooo!! devastated. I loved them, they kept things for me, I had my own little corner of their store room, threads, silk, gingham.....totally abandoned is what I will be....
Now for these give aways, just a comment again. Being involved in yesterdays doesn't bar you from this one. I will be drawing them on saturday by which time I should have some embroidery to show you, in fact I should have some by tomorrrow....fingers crossed!

60 comments:

Jello07 said...

Hello Karen,
Well you know I love your pincushions-
The two I bought have a special place here in my house in Spain. Of course I like to join the give away...so I will keep my fingers crossed (for me LOL)
Love Erica

sally.cmc said...

Oh my goodness, these are beautiful, please pick me!

karen said...

Betsy Dockhorn

These are two pretty for words! Just tucked away in a drawer...lucky drawer.

Heather Woollove said...

I am going to be a glutton and comment on this post as well! These are exquisite, and I just received some beautiful, iridescent pearl-headed pins for my birthday (long story...) from my friend Dawn, and they need a pretty home!! :) XXO-

netamir said...

Oh those are so beautiful!!! and new pin cushions is exactly what I need now, I keep my fingers crossed.

Ingrid said...

who wouldnt want to win these!they are painfully beautiful!

Yvonne said...

Your work is always so very pretty. How on earth did these beauties end up in a drawer? :)

Moo and Mouse said...

They are beautiful, I'd love to be entered. I'm sorry your fabric shop is closing on-line is not the same as seeing and feeling in real life.
Emma x

Sharyn Mallow Woerz said...

You are right. I am spoiled. But I am grateful every day, and never take it for granted.

I feel your pain about your local shop closing...
Sharyn

deanna7trees said...

the pins that get to live in these pincushions will be the luckiest pins in the world.

Sue said...

You seem to have cornered the market in exquisite embroidery - these are both an absolute delight and I love the red/pink and white one - a combination that works so well.

So sorry for your loss re: the fabric shop. We heard our lovely dentist is moving yesterday and I feel similarly bereft...

xxx

helena frontini said...

I LOVE THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I CROSS MY FINGERS!!!
Don't be sad, you'll find another store. I know it's sad.
Kisses.

Joanna said...

I too love the vibrancy of the red/pink one, it is gorgeous.

There aren't that many fabric shops around these days in the UK, it was bad enough when we left. Here in Latvia you can get interesting fabrics easily as they make outfits to go out in, but there is not as much of the ordinary fabrics. I can get linen easily though which is nice. Do you ever go up to Colne? http://www.croftmill.co.uk/

Brenda T said...

I Love these pincushions! :)))) I still use the one my Grandmother made for me when I was 10yrs old (a long time ago). A sad day when your favorite fabric store closes... you feel like you have lost a good friend.

Rachel said...

Oh, disaster! Fabric shop closing. It's not even as though there were all that many of them left. Out of interest, where is it?

karen said...

Don’t know why in the world I can’t get in touch with you on the comment section but I really would like to be included in the drawing for one of the pin pillows. They are exquisite!
leilani

Tammie Lee said...

wonderfully artful!

connie said...

As usual these are spectacular! I am sorry for you losing your favorite fabric store. Must have been a shock. Thank you so much for visiting my blog today, you are a faithful blogging friend. :-) Thanks!

sebbie said...

Oh they are just gorgeous. I never win things but I have to throw my hat into the ring for them.

pirate said...

I am quite in awe of your handwork ... simply stunning. I would *so* love to be the recipient of one of those exquisite pincushions!

avomeri said...

OMG! I was missing this!!!!
I'm not at home and came here by chance... count with me pleaaaaaase!
The pincushion are beautiful!!!

Your Lidia is a beauty!!!!

Gina said...

I've been rather lax in leaving comments of late but you know how much I love your work and I have rather fallen in love with the white and red pin cushion... not that I would refuse a home to either of them!

Jane said...

Those pin pillows are gorgeous! I really love the red and white one!
Jane

Elizabeth said...

Your pincushions are beautiful and I love them.

But that your favorite shop is closing is NOT good. Are you now buying all the remaining stock? Do you have the addresses from their suppliers or do you know another shop to get what you need?

Please find a good solution because I still want to see a lot more made by your skillful hands.

Postcards from Wildwood said...

They are beautiful Karen, and I would love to be included in your little prize draw. Sorry about your shop....
Janice. x

sjmcdowell said...

Hi Karen,

I am sorry to hear your fav shop is closing down!! I pray you will find an alternate to your liking!!

Oh be still my heart...yes please enter me in your giveaway! I love your work so very much!
Thank you for this chance.

Hugs and Smiles,

Susan

Carol said...

I am having an I want to tell you off moment but also want to be included so I will do this gently! NOTHING OF YOURS IS TAT!!!!!!!! there be told :) ove to be included in the draw :)

flower friend said...

Ooooh more goodies. Sorry to see you are losing a special fabric shop,they are few and far between. I would love to receive either of the pin cushions, each has its own special beauty.

Kim

Melissa said...

Those are so pretty! I've always admired your work.

Thanks for the giveaway.

bubbygigi said...

I feel for you that you are loosing your favorite fabric shop. Mine closed several years ago and I haven't found another to take its place.
Gita/Bubbygigi

jill said...

Ooh no what will you do

Suztats said...

The pin pillows are so cute, and, yes, of course I want one! please!?

Jan said...

Karen you are very popular now ,I had to scroll down forever to get to put my comment ,well done, shows how much we love you and your work ,those pin cushions are to die for, OOOoo Im keeping everything crossed ...love Jan xx

StitchinByTheLake said...

Oh my goodness, I definitely want to be spoiled with these! Such beauty is simply amazing. :) blessings, marlene

LindaSchiffer said...

It really is sad when a favorite store closes, isn't it? I fear, the current state of the economy here in States being what it is, many quilters are going to find out what that pain feels like. (sigh)

Lovely pinnies!

:) Linda

PS Loved your little book I bought, too!

elizabeth said...

Oh my, so beautiful!

Patchwork Linda said...

Even more beautiful work, can't believe you had these in a drawer.x

Claire said...

Yes please! :-)

vintagerockchick said...

How can you call those gorgeous fripperies 'old tat'?!?!?
And, there's a project for you - why don't you take over the fabulous fabric shop. You could always get on with writing a book when you had no customers x

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I'm already the lucky owner of one of your pincushions but that's definitely not to say that I wouldn't be pretty happy to own another one!

Patty said...

Those are beautiful.

Gina said...

Oh my, just look at us all crowd in!

I absolutely hate it when I store I love goes away. Hopefully something just as good or even better will take its place.

Snoodles said...

Those are so lovely - how can you call them "old"?! LOL I just love looking at all the stitches and embellishments...just beautiful. Such dear little pin pillows - I would treasure one if I won it!
Jacque in SC
quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

Cotton Picker said...

This is so beautiful. :)

Sheep Rustler said...

Yeah, tat... HOHOHOHOHOHOHO!!!

Angela said...

I'd love to be in with a chance of winning some of your beautiful work

sylviesgarden said...

How can you put something so beautiful in drawer! It make s me think of Dirty Dancing...nobody puts baby in a corner.
Shame about the shop, it's getting more and more difficult to find real haberdashery shops. It's not the same buying online.
x

Wendy said...

oooooooooooh! What a gorgeous, wonderful, beautiful prize! Yes please, I'm in! Sorry to hear about the local shop, it's like your lifeblood is being taken away. Is there another fabric shop nearby which could become your new favourite and which could be persuaded to stock what you need?

Dolores said...

I know how you feel about your favourite shop closing. It feels like a huge loss and it takes a while to find somewhere else to shop. Then the new place is never like the old one was.
I would love to be in the draw for your wonderful giveaway.

jan said...

Such a generous offer ... How exciting it would be to actually hold one of your exquisite confections in my hands !!!

Gigi said...

Oh, pick me, pick me! Beautiful work!
GG

Hoola Tallulah said...

Wow all these lovely giveaways, you are so kind! I would be honoured to own a little piece of your magic, count me in and thanks!

**EYE-SNACKS** said...

Yes,yes yes..but again maybe i'm too late :(
Pincushions for in my studio..oh my..
handembroidered by you..ok.
I'll keep my fingers crossed!

lilipopo said...

I want this one too!! Sorry about your fabric shop though. I don't know what I'd do if mine closed!!!

Kate x

Marcia W. said...

These are such beautiful pincushions. Please enter me! Hope that you find another little niche in a shop that treats you well.

Sara Lechner said...

am I too late? I love them! but then, I'm never lucky in these things! :-)

Sara Lechner said...

I think the comment I left didn't appear, so now I'm sending another one. Not cheating! :-)

Debi From the Pacific Northwest said...

Oh my goodness! You'll have to add me here too! LOVE the raspberry color! Boy, you better find a BIG hat!

;-) Debi

Beabee said...

Oh these are sooo beautiful! Hope I'm not too late to be included.

MarieE said...

Hmmm. It's still Friday here... Wonder if I'm too late to throw my hat into the ring for one of your lovelies =)
I have a whole art closet I should crack open and do a giveaway sometime. You've inspired me.