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, August 11, 2011

chaos....of the organised kind.




Despite appearances I'm getting there...I think I know the finished pieces I am taking. There are quite a lot of those but too many I would think is better than too few. I have others that aren't yet out of their 'safe places', maybe a wrapping cloth and probably a couple of  artist sketch and embroidery books. Preparation for my demo is under way too. I have paper with hand perforated edges, I have hexagons and I have more fabric cut into hexagons ready to be tacked to paper templates.
The tiny piece of silk embroidery is being extended and that HAS to be finished tonight so I can damp stretch it before I add it to a piece of paperwork... It sounds more hectic than it actually is though. It is all coming together just fine.
In the meantime...kind of a public service announcement. My printer died last week and wouldn't you believe that at that very moment I had lots of people wanting books......so for those of you who are waiting...I collected my new printer this morning. I can't give a definite date at the moment with regard to setting it up and getting it working. Although Sunday is taking up a lot of my time I can assure you that your books are very important to me and I will be on it soon. I will mail you all when it's done......

11 comments:

Jacky said...

Looks like you are very organised...it all sounds so wonderful!
Love all of these pieces, especially that silk piece below - bliss!

Jacky xox

Suztats said...

Remember to breathe. I hope you enjoy every moment!

deanna7trees said...

i'm excited for you and can't wait to see the video. good luck and i'll be thinking about you on Sunday.

Lois Evensen said...

You look very organized to me. :) Lovely, lovely!

Rachel said...

It's always when people want something that the equipment breaks!

I hope everything is soon back under control for you..

Elizabeth said...

My sweet busy bee I'm looking so forward to all the things you are gonna tell and show us in this video. I can hardly wait until it is sunday!

Tammie said...

piles of embroidered gems!

Doreen G said...

I wish that I could be as committed and focused as you are Karen-it is a great asset that goes with your talent.You are very special in my eyes.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

It may be chaos to you, but it's beauty to us! Can't wait for a full report on making a video - I know it will be great.

underatopazsky said...

My goodness, you look so busy! But everywhere is something lovely - the pinky gold fabric peeping through the cutwork is fab!

en-rHed-ando said...

fascinante trabajo! lindo, perfecto!! gracias!! de nuevo