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, May 31, 2011

buttons anyone?

This weeks offering from the ''clean out my tat'' exercise. Buttons made from buttons...do you like? A post in it's own right this week. That's so I don't get confused tomorrow writing about more than one thing!! Just leave a comment and you could be the proud owner of my refuse!! How tempting....
Last weeks winner....Yvonne from Boxoftrix...let me have your postal stuff Yvonne!!!
Happy Tuesday!! x

27 comments:

Rachel said...

Delightful, Karen, this is a fun idea!

CandyflossCreated said...

Ohhhh me, me, me please!!! They are gorgeous fresh colour for the summer!

Zerin x CandyflossCreated

Poppy said...

I love buttons made from buttons. Very smart idea!

Jill in Florida

craftydiane said...

What beautiful buttons! Would love to win them!
Blessings

Shanice Lucas said...

Saw This On Flickr... And Thought YES I HAVE TO ENTER... I Love Buttons, I Actually Have A Button Maddness, For My Art Exam I Did A Clay Peice With Buttons ALL OVER IT even though it had nothing to do with the theme (kinda), ive also got a button ban that im making right now and these two bad boys would make a great addition to my bag >.< hope i win... if i do which would be AWSOME you can contact me on flickr... my name is 'flyaplaneintome' <<< i was inspired by a song (german band) >.< Thanks

Jane said...

Hi Karen, these buttons look fun! Thank you for sharing
Jane

fabriquefantastique said...

I shall have them on a grey/ white check linen jacket...

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Very cool. I don't what it is about buttons, but I am always fascinated with them. I go down the Button aisle at JoAnn's just to look :-) Yours look great! Thanks for sharing.

Kira said...

What a lovely idea. The simplicity of the colour scheme allows you to really pile the buttons on without overwhelming anything.

Brenda T said...

I love these buttons... I am starting my own Karen Ruane Collection. You have to obtain art before the artist becomes famous!

Beacee said...

How beautiful!

Miss 376 said...

What a great idea

Carol Q said...

i just love the silk that you use Karen, let alone the fact that they are buttons.

Sarah said...

What a brilliant idea! A great way to use up all that stuff that, once used, makes space for more ;)

helena frontini said...

That's a wonderful idea. Great!!!

Jan said...

Karen that is a super idea ,do you ever run out ,of ideas, I mean ..not buttons lol love Jan xx

Boxoftrix said...

Oh Im delighted! thank you so much :) I never win anything,what a fab 1st!

Doreen G said...

A novel idea Karen and so beautiful.

Sheep Rustler said...

Your tat is ridiculously gorgeous! And it is a great idea too :)

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Why did I immediately think of lemon drops when I saw these? They most definitely look edible. I like them!!

Iceni UK said...

Beautiful buttons Karen.
Hugs

letrecivette said...

Great and beautiful idea!
Ciao Monica

Patchwork Linda said...

You have much better tat than me,so please put me in the draw. x

Sandra :) said...

Those are lovely - they'd make a great embellishment for feminine/girly zipper bags or pretty notebook covers made with bits and pieces of old lace and linen!

Sue said...

Such clever upcycling but where are the french knots?!!!

gill said...

Great idea Karen!
Count me in please!

Jeannie said...

What a wonderful idea for buttons! They would make beautiful earrings too. You are such an inspiration.