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, July 21, 2011

patchwork paper.....






O.K.....not technically patchworked paper but paper and patchwork. The layout also references patchwork....yes it does...honest! Tons of French knots, lots of pricking and lots of those round things which don't really have a name and there's also a bit of running stitch in there if you look closely. I know I haven't bribed you with anything this week yet....tomorrow I promise. Anyway, you can still have a try for last weeks tat clear out here if you want.....
This piece is now languishing with the others....in the meantime my table is white and paper filled and looking rather gorgeous.......
Not much else to tell you today...it's all rather boring really, sewing, sewing and sewing. We won't talk about the cleaning that is required...that way I can continue to ignore it.


16 comments:

Miss 376 said...

Lovely
thought this would make you laugh=I've just looked at the top of the screen and Google tells me that your page is in Indonesian and would I like it translated!
Don't panic, every word is in Englsh

Rachel said...

There's a slight echo of one of those checked damask tablecloths as well...

Lois Evensen said...

Hi Karen,

Trust me, the cleaning will wait. All those beautiful pieces you are making take priority!

Hugs,
Lois

Debi From the Pacific Northwest said...

Well, crap. It sold while I was looking at it and pushed the button to BUY. I LOVE that one! I love the patchwork and the new small pierced flowers. This design "ROCKS" as my granddaughter would say. I also love the asymmetrical design along with the very traditional patchwork inside your shape.
LOVE LOVE LOVE!

xx ;-) Debi

Iceni UK said...

Hi Karen, I love the addition of the tiny hexies.
Beautiful embroidery.
Hugs for you x

deanna7trees said...

love everything about this. have you thought of maybe pink and white patchwork or are you sticking with white...

Sheep Rustler said...

It does indeed reference patchwork, and very nicely too!

Montreat Designs said...

Love the pattern.... Restful to look at... Inspires dreaming!!! Nice job Karen.

MulticoloredPieces said...

Just happened upon your amazing blog while hugging the AC (around 40 C. in Tunisia today). Your white on white paperwork is simply gorgeous and so original, very subtle Having just posted my art quilt with tons of French knots, I stand in awe of your meticulous work.
best, nadia

MulticoloredPieces said...

I just happened upon your amazing blog while hugging the AC (it's around 40 C. today). Your white on white paperwork is sumptuous. As I just posted my art quilt with hundreds of French knots, I stand in awe of your meticulous work.
best, nadia

stitchinglife.com said...

Genius. It's brilliant.

Suztats said...

I love all the contrasts: stitchy bits against the pristine plain paper, the hexagons against the curve, the stitched layers vs the flat bits, curls against the straight lines, and over all the white on white on white!

Jacky said...

patchwork, paper, embroidery....my favourite things and all in white!!! Lovely.

Jacky xox

jo said...

Very interesting your paperwork !
Tu me donnes l'envie d'essayer ...
jo

**EYE-SNACKS** said...

Oh Karen,how i love your pieces..you're working so hard and everything looks so easy but i know it isn't :)

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Even the thought of trying to do French knots on paper gives me the heebie-geebies. I just know the knot wouldn't knot and there would be tears in the paper in no times (to say nothing about the spilled coffee splotches everywhere). Come to think of it though - wonder how tea/coffee dyed paper with stitching on it would look??