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 17, 2011

ruched muslin



I have been ruching...is that even a word? Well it is now. Muslin to be precise, the first stage of my next piece. I wasn't sure it would work actually as it is so soft but the softness makes it even more special. Next time you see this it will look very different. It will be added to a larger piece of cloth and become an integral part of a bigger piece. Buttons too, more buttons to give away. I select the winner using an online number generator and you will have to trust me on that one because I'm not really one for having screen shots on my blog, 
As you will know, unless you have been locked in a cupboard for a week, blogger went into meltdown last week and I lost comments. I did remind you all to leave another one if yours wasn't there and I had to do the draw with what was there. If you are reading this blogger...I WANT MY COMMENTS BACK. 
Anyway, last weeks winner is Helena....let me have your postal stuff Helena and your buttons will be on their way. This week it's the three buttons in the top picture that I am trying to offload, slightly smaller than the others, one unlucky person will have these next week!!
It has been kind of mad so far this week and it's left me a bit out of sorts. I feel as if I need a good shake to get rid of invisible cobwebs, or to be plugged into something to give my batteries a boost..I feel quite weird actually. Unable to progress? Unable to enthuse? Hormones? haven't a clue. My days have gone by without much to show, (in my opinion) and it's not as if my house is spotless or I can see the time has been spent elsewhere...oh well....it's a mystery.
Sorry, I digress. During the muddle and fog that has been my week so far I have managed to end up (accidently) with three copies of the new magazine everyone is talking about....Mollie Makes...it's a long story that involves online ordering and not paying attention, you get my drift. So I am hoping to be able to recoup my dosh on two of them, one of them I want for myself. They are still in the packaging, pristine and new. I am told that the magazine is becoming scarce, that it is selling out fast....well not in my house!! It cost £4.99 and then there will be postage. I have checked that out and it will probably be prohibitive for anyone overseas. In the UK it is £2.48 so if anyone is interested drop me an e mail....
they have both been taken now....I am rescued!! Thankyou!
Now I am going to try and get my act together, to plan and hopefully feel as if I can actually achieve something before I return.......wish me luck!
p.s. I am such a numb nut... I forgot to say....just leave a comment to go in the draw for the buttons!!

41 comments:

Miss 376 said...

Youngest son spent about ten days like you've been this week, no energy, not feeling well without knowing what was wrong. Then he woke up one day and was as bright as a button. There seems to be some sort of virus going around, so I wouldn't worry too much.
Love what you've done with the muslin and can't wait to see where it will finally reside

BonnieMcCaffery said...

Karen,
I just love your stuff...I'm not a big blog reader,but yours is one I don't miss. If we're ever in the same spot, I'd love to do a VidCast with you. Are you going to the Festival PF Quilts in Birmingham in August.
Thank you for sharing what you do.
Bonnie McCaffery

Carrie said...

I reckon ruching is a real word and if it isn't then it should be! Looking forward to seeing how you're going to use your ruched piece, it looks great.

Iceni UK said...

Hi Karen, your embroideries are beautiful and captured my imagination.
The crispness of the pure white reminded me of Snow crystals on ice.
White ruffled icing on a Christmas cake.
Isabell
:)

(ColourinStitch flickr)

Flaming Nora said...

Its something to do with the weather. All the kids have been really moody one moment and really lairey the next. The cat is going mental and I feel as though I'm on an out of control fairground ride. But then may be that is normal in my house. It just feels worse at the moment. I'm saying its the weather, because it feels so undecided. Warm but not quite warm enough, sunny but then about to pour down, but then never actually raining.
Oh god I sound like a hippy. Must go before I embarrass my self (even more!)
Love the buttons by the way and would love to be in the giveaway. xx

deanna7trees said...

love the ruching. i have to remember that when you say 'muslin', it is not what we know as muslin in the states. we call that scrim (from what i can see in the picture). in any case, the transformation is lovely.

Rachel said...

I think it's the weather. We want sunshine!

Still, looking good, all that ruching, I must say...

Joanna said...

Well from murky Latvia - well today at least just in case anyone thinks it is like that all the time as it isn't :), love the ruching, love the buttons too

Jane said...

The Buttons look amazing, as always. I like the ruching too, it is very soft with the muslin.
Jane

Tammie said...

gorgeous piece, I look forward to seeing how it develops. and such sweet lovely buttons.

LindaSchiffer said...

When I think of ruching, I think of the roses and such on Baltimore applique ... never thought of doing a whole piece of fabric. How pretty it looks! I would think it feels delightful. :)

Linda

avomeri said...

Congratulation to my dear virtual friend Helena!!!! :) Lucky girl!

Carol Q said...

lovely - gorgeous delicate crunchy textured ruching Karen (yeah - I think it's a word lol)

Judy Whaites said...

The ruching provides a lovely texture look forward to seeing it in the bigger piece.

helena frontini said...

I'm so GLAD!!!
I'll see at live your work!!! I'm sending my adress.
Thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaanks!!!

lilipopo said...

I like the idea of you as a crafting magazine tout. There didn't seem to be any uppercase left at Magma but Pedlars.co.uk do have it.
And yes please, I want some buttons
:o))

Jan said...

I think that feeling must be down to this weather ,it cant make up its mind either,and though I made a cushion ,for my daughters b/day it was because I sort of had too lol love the ruching ,and I would love to win a button or two....love Jan xx

Doreen G said...

We in OZ always blame the change of seasons when feel like that---I have been the same foe about 10 days.
I love the ruching and I can only imagine how difficult it would have been being how soft it is.
Can those buttons come and live with me I promise to look after them and give them a good home.
Fingers crossed for the number generator.

Miriam Weaver said...

I've spent today feeling like that.I got up had breakfast then in no time husband was phoning to say he was on the train on his way home, what happened between 8 am and 6pm I've no idea!
Yes please I'd love to win.

Linda Carole Bloom said...

Would love to have some buttons!!

Could the magazine give you a link so we could buy it??
Love, Linda

Pearl Maple said...

Your embroidery is a delight to visit, thanks for sharing the creative inspiration

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I can`t tell you the number of times I`ve managed to buy double (or even triple) copies of magazines...and even a few books! Don`t want you to feel alone on that score. Glad you found new homes for your excess.

Victoria said...

Here in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, "ruching" is an often used word. Taken from the Pennsylvania Dutch, it basically means restless in movement, can't sit still, wiggily. You'll hear mothers say to their children, "sit still and stop ruching around!"

As for your ruching... well, it is delightfully beautiful!!!

Soozy said...

Hi Karen,
You have so many lovely ideas and the ruching is yet another beautiful example :)
As for feeling 'out of sorts'...sometimes we need to just BE and not 'be doing' it re-charges the body and mind.

Sheep Rustler said...

I do believe that ruching is a word, and the muslin looks divine, like sun sparkling on snow!!!

You shouldn't have stalked that postman so hard, now he's beinging you multiples of things :)

Montreat Designs said...

Just fantastic! Love the petite art!

Suztats said...

I love the ruching! It looks beautiful with all the french knots. And your buttons are gorgeous--I want them! Pick me!
y-fhave been having problems getting into blogger and posting comments since it's meltdown a few days ago. hugs

Amelia said...

I too always particularly like your white work, in fact most of your work! I always want to delve in somehow. As for the draw - me me! Please put me in for it :)

Amelia.x

cateriksson said...

Mmmm....your buttons have inspired me to get my sewing machine fixed! I have so many ideas swimming around in my head, i am not sure where to start. I feel out of sorts too but I thought it was just me, didn't realise it was a general malaise! Your work is stunning!

cateriksson said...

I typed a long comment and it disappeared, Frick! I love your work, just stunning and would love to have the terrible problem of trying to decide what to do with those beautiful buttons.

Elizabeth said...

Oh girl, how you are ready for a serious holiday!!!! Please don't work all hours of the day and get totally stressed out by blogger or by actions of other people!!!!

YOU ARE VERY TALENTED!!!!

Remember this and exhale.

Poppy said...

It sounds like you are talking about my week. Hope things settle down and you get a chance to take a breath and enjoy some tea.

Jill in Sunny Florida

craftyfrayededges said...

Ooh! Yes please to the buttons.

Also know what you mean about loosing your mojo a bit. I tend to put down my needle & doodle in my sketchbook when feel like this. Somehow, even if it takes a few days, it brings the ideas back.

Jules

Kira said...

I think the ruched fabric with french knots in is beautiful. It gives a plain colour so much texture.

jan said...

I'd LOVE to be the "unlucky" person to receive your buttons. Even your outcasts are beautiful!

Sherry said...

I have been admiring your work for a while now and love seeing what new projects you are working on. Thanks for the chance to win your beautiful buttons.

Beacee said...

The muslin piece looks fascinating, as do the little buttons. Hope you're feeling re-energised. x

JP said...

I like all your work but I just love the muslin - I just want to touch it!

underatopazsky said...

The ruched muslin is lovely - like a monochrome picture of ripples in the sand. I'd love the chance to win the buttons. :o)

gill said...

I still haven't seen 'Mollie Makes' that everyone is talking about! Is it worth £4.99 or shall I just buy more fabric!
Love the ruching by the way!!

Jackie said...

The ruched muslin is delicious but how do you damp stretch it?
I am a big convert to damp stretching now on embroidered felt. It transforms it.