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, June 23, 2011

the back....




The reverse of the paperwork pieces...as requested by Karen. Some machine stitched paper hexagons and some printed hexagons, intended for the paperwork pieces but not used as I didn't feel they added anything of value to the work. They will be kept and used in the future, most likely in my sketchbook. 
I am going to dash as I want to play with iron on transfers, cloth and paper for my next piece. If it's buttons you want then you need to be here. Have a lovely day....

8 comments:

Flaming Nora said...

Oddly almost prefer the textures of the backs. Is that wrong? Like the raised punched holes and the fluffy bits.

Gina said...

OH! You actually used thread in the machine stitching. I thought you just made the holes but didn't like them as well as the manually poked ones.

I tried some machine stitching with some tatting I did once, just zigzaged a simple edging to the paper - cardstock. I didn't like it at the time but I came across it a few months ago and decided I did like it...maybe with some tweaking and with other parts, not alone. Always fun to experiment and sometimes what doesn't seem right at the time morphs into something suitable later.

Miss 376 said...

I find the backs fascinating too, that's what I liked about the embroidered piece I have, I could see the back too

deanna7trees said...

backs, fronts...they are both beautiful. top 2 photos look like the old fashioned corsets.

stitchinglife2 said...

aha... I find the backs to be just as interesting as the fronts of anything stitched. These are no exception. Seeing the other side somehow makes it feel whole - 3D rather than 2D, if that makes sense. Thank you!

jill said...

Just finished my last day at work so had time to go through your last few blog entries, all beautiful, I love the change in direction, glad to hear they have sold as well, well done.

Rachel said...

So many interesting textures, and subtly different from embroidery on fabric!

Shannon said...

God, your stuff just amazes me. Its awesome back and front.