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







Monday, July 25, 2011

patchwork paper 2




Patchwork and paper number two is finished and listed.....I love this one, it's more organic than the last one. Not that I didn't like the last one...I did but this one, in my humble opinion is a little more appealing to me...o.k. think I'm digging myself a hole now so I will stop. Suffice to say that anything I don't like never gets put on here so you can be assured I like everything I show you.

I've had a busy morning...I had to go to the doctor. I have never been one to suffer in silence and I'm not going to start now so you are all going to have a blow by blow account of the grossness that is my left arm. Yes left, so I can still stitch thankfully. I have somehow managed to get an infection in an area where unbeknown to me I had a little bit of broken skin. Well now I have the biggest, hardest infected lump...(that's on my arm, not a description of the whole person!) and it is quite possibly the most painful thing I have ever experienced apart from childbirth. So I have medication, tablets big enough for a horse...a massive dose of antibiotics and possibly next week I may have to go to hospital and have it....are you ready for this....SCRAPED out!! needless to say I am counting the days...for someone who doesn't get out much I certainly know how to choose my day trips!!
I feel so much better already just for sharing that so thank you! I will keep you posted....whether you want me too or not!!
and finally, before I go and seek more sympathy elsewhere.....nobody seems to want my buttons...good job I'm not easily offended....but if you do want them it's here...beg, grovel, creep.....

16 comments:

Doreen G said...

I love this one Karen especially with the hexagons.

Rachel said...

Had to skip over that last bit, being squeamish. Glad to know you can still embroider!

Miss 376 said...

Ouch! Hope the antibiotics do their job and you can avoid the hospital visit

Dolores said...

So I take it you have no idea where you got it and the doctors have no idea what happened or what it is either? Strange. Couldn't be a rusty needle. Hope the medications work.
Once again, a lovely piece.

Beacee said...

Sympathy! Sympathy! Sympathy!
Love the embroidery - there seems to be a better balance between paper and patches somehow.

Carol Q said...

wonderful Karen. I'm endlessly fascinated by your creations with different stitches and the fabric hexagons seems to combine just perfectly. it is very organic. eugh re the grossness that is your left arm (lol) hope all goes well with the medication and treatment.

stitchinglife.com said...

Goodness, that sounds nasty. (The arm, obviously, not the embroidery!) Hope it's all better soon.

sallyjo said...

And then, your comment thingy got all nasty with me!

Anyway. Impressive complaining there.
I do like this paper patch better. I like the way the hexagons are flowing off the paper. But then again, they're all pretty amazing.
Scary infected bumps are very scary. I hope it gets better soon.
k

Joanna said...

You want sympathy? Wrong person :o), I'm not good on sympathy, you should ask my kids. Hope you get better soon though. Does not just posting a message get included for the buttons? I did like them honest!

Lois Evensen said...

I hope your arm heals quickly!

And, Karen, of course we all want those buttons. In fact, I was the first one on that list begging for them! ;) Now if I could just get lucky....

Feel better, my friend.

Lois

Suztats said...

Oh, do take good care of your arm, Karen, and I hope the meds work so there's no scraping needed.
I love the hexagons, too, and I'm amazed with your stitching on the paper.

Bearer of the Rose said...

I don't reall want the buttons but I do want to look at all of your work/ideas. Your talent is amazing and you are such and inspiration to me. Thanks!

deanna7trees said...

another beautiful piece. that infection on your arm sounds awful but i'm sure it will heal in time and you'll be back to normal. glad you got something for the pain. i do want to be kept posted.

Linda Carole Bloom said...

I do, I do want your buttons!! But I never win anything (whine). Don't worry too much about having your arm "scraped." He or she will numb it with lidocaine and you won't feel a thing! Just make sure it is numb before you let him start = sometimes they are in a hurry. Remember you are the customer! However, make SURE to take all your antibiotics, even if it's better. If it's not getting better, and you need more, make sure to go back in and get them. Understand??
OK, I love your new hexagons - so pretty. I was trying to see how you sew them together - can't see any stitches in between. Take care, Love, Linda

Iceni UK said...

Not nice Karen, I hope you will feel better soon.

I love your latest creation.
Hugs

Magpie's Mumblings said...

oh, ooowww {{{{Karen}}} - lots of sympathy and get well thoughts being sent your way. Hope the dreaded scraping will be avoided!