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, April 7, 2011

cold turkey....

Yes I know it was only one day and I know it was self inflicted but boy did I miss this little home of ramblings yesterday!! It wasn't the same as missing four or five days because I was away, I wasn't away. I was here, walking past the computer at regualr intervals. I could hear it calling me, whispering and wondering if I didn't love it anymore. On the positive side, I am getting more embroidery done....
For the next week or so I will be making little bits and maybe some bigger bits for a re stock next week...why? Well remember a while back I told you I had some exciting news that I wasn't ready to share? Well I can tell you now. I am being ''featured''  ''published'' ''talked about'' in this wonderful publication in the next couple of weeks. Now I'm not sure how big the article will be, a whole page would be amazing but I would be happy with two lines to be honest as it's such an honour. I did answer numerous questions for the article and supply copious amounts of images so fingers crossed for a good spread.
Todays pieces are for the shop, maybe next week as I said. More puffs, pink gingham this time and another fragment. Now to explain more about the work I plan to do next, my new direction. I really didn't explain myself properly on monday...sorry!! The work will be essentially the same. I have the way I work and the way I embroider and I have my preferred cloth and my preferred stitches and I don't think I could change any of that no matter how hard I tried. I am me and my embroidery, I hope, is recognisably mine. No, what I will be doing is making for a different market, a more commercial market where the pieces will need to be square, precise, with bound edges and labels on the back with serial numbers on them. I will of course share with you, maybe not the full thing but glimpses that will give you a pretty good idea of what's going on. After all, If I didn't I wouldn't have anything to blog about and then I would be going cold turkey all over again. But that is for next week or maybe the week after and I am finding it hard to contain my excitement....

21 comments:

avomeri said...

:)
Thanks for sharing! Good news

Rachel said...

Published? Wow! - Congratulations!

I think you do have a very identifiable style, Karen, and it will be interesting to see what you do with this new direction.

Gina said...

Congratulations on the article, however it goes. What an honor!

fabriquefantastique said...

how wonderful to be excited and positive. I'm curious to see where you are going

jude said...

terrific! congrats!

chocolatefrog said...

Fantastic, well done! Looking forward to sharing the journey.

Elizabeth said...

Changing habits isn't easy, on the other hand you didn't alsways blog daily!!!!

Miss 376 said...

What an exciting spring it is going to be for you, have fun and we'll enjoy watching from the sidelines

Patchwork Linda said...

I'm feeling your excitement through your blog.Well done on being (nearly) published.

Lois Evensen said...

How very wonderful! I'm so happy for you! I hope the new market is a very lucrative one. I'm glad you haven't given us up out here in blog land all together. ;)

deanna7trees said...

you see that all things come to those who wait --- and work very hard. congrats on the publication.

Suztats said...

WooHoo!!!!
Congrats and Wow!

connie said...

Congratulations Karen!! I love your new pieces and sounds like the new or additional direction should be exciting. I am so glad your experience was good and you are inspired. I will miss your daily posts but I do understand. Have a great week. It is raining today so I am off to stitch after Yoga... :-)

Tammie Lee said...

lovely as can be~
congratulations for being in the publication!

Carol Q said...

Congrats on being published - a new magazine for me to look at! You definitely have a very distinctive style, it fascinates me. Looking forward to seeing your results from your newest venture.

Jackie said...

It just gets better and better !

Johoanna Robson said...

Congratulations on being featured. I am happy that you are on a journey that is bringing you great excitement. When you are rich and famous, please remember us, the faithful followers of your blog. (Gee, that makes it sound like a cult...hold on while I adjust my hood ;) ). Blessings to you.

Sheep Rustler said...

So thrilled for you :) Though I will miss some of the organic edges of your work.

stitchinglife2 said...

Congratulations on the publication! Still on the edge of my seat here, looking forward to seeing what happens next :-)

UPPERCASE said...

It's going to be a two-page spread! This issue of UPPERCASE is at the printer; it'll be on the bindery next week and then should be in the mail shortly thereafter. thanks for answering all my questions and being part of the Work-in-Progress Society flickr pool.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

ooooooh - big huge (and large copious amounts of) congratulations!!! I guess that particular magazine doesn't come to Canada or at least if it does, I've not seen it. A two page spread? Wowzers!! I'm sooooo proud of you!