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







Wednesday, April 13, 2011

edges....

Another white piece is finished...I decided to put an edge on this one as when you actually handle it there is an awareness of it's delicacy, probably because there isn't as much dense embroidery. Not everything requires dense embroidery, some things fit the phrase ''less is more''. To me this piece says infant cap, section of fine gown, clothing fragment. My other pieces are also meant to reference that and for me they do. This is just that memory, that reference in a different form. I have two more pieces almost finished. One will have an edge, the other won't. Since I have dropped the frequency of my blog posts embroidery is happening more and at an easier pace. I also have more thinking time but somehow less to say. Life is definitely not as hectic. I have been out today, just buying little things, scones, meat and a little fruit. When I was blogging daily that would have happened in a much more frantic way, today it was good to be leisurely...
I have a treat for you too, here is Lydia, my little darling, han't she grown? and isn't she just beautiful!!

16 comments:

Joanna said...

So glad life is less frantic for you, I think that will allow you to flourish some more and so I look forward to what you will start to produce with your extra thinking time.

Love the photo, makes you want to give her a big hug :)

Lois Evensen said...

Lydia is a little sweet heart! :))))) Ah, little girls. :)))))

Love your white pieces, too, of course! :)

EADockhorn said...

Oh, Lydia!

Rachel said...

There is much to be said for winding back on the busyness - I'm glad it's working so well for you!

Debi From the Pacific Northwest said...

Lydia is just beautiful! The clock is ticking down for my daughter Tammi. Just 6 more weeks and I'll be able to see my brand new granddaughter Olivia. I can't wait to hold her in my arms! Your white pieces are lovely... as always!

;~) Debi

connie said...

What a sweet little girl!!! Lydia is adorable. Sounds like things are coming along nicely for you. All is good here, just not very much stitching.

Elizabeth said...

Be careful otherwise you might join the blog-strike (hahaha)

Lydia is cute with her little cap.

Gina said...

Edges - you answered my unspoken question!

Lydia is a precious adorable sweetie!

Miss 376 said...

She looks a cheerful little soul.
The edges are beautiful, can see what you mean about infant caps

deanna7trees said...

those ruffled edges---ooh, aah...just love ruffles. Lydia is a precious little happy girl. thanks for sharing.

Ingrid said...

what a great picture of Lydia:-)
and that white piece........

Flaming Nora said...

The piece says pocket to me, somewhere for a little girl to keep very special things, flower heads, beads, dolls clothes, little bits of tiny crockery from a tea set, probably just the lid to the tea pot though, that is after all very important.
Of course it would get grubby and her Mummy would sigh and wonder what on earth she was thinking of letting her little darling wear something so precious on a wednesday afternoon, and IN THE GARDEN! Imagine the soaking it will take to get it clean again. But oh she did look so very very adorable talking to her self whilst digging up the garden in her best dress.

jill said...

How adorable. both Lydia and your edges.

helena frontini said...

A beautiful little girl, indeed!

Johoanna Robson said...

Lydia is beautiful. Is she as creative as her Momma? I really like the way you have done the edges on your fragment. :)

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Lydia is indeed beautiful - just like your embroidery!!