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, August 8, 2011

cloth....

See, I haven't forgotten what cloth is. A small piece of patched, embroidered and stretched vintage white scraps and lovely it is too. I have ambitious plans for this, we shall see. They may go pear shaped but you've got to try. I need work for my (ssshhhh....video....) so as I only have five days left I'd best get my skates on and maybe now isn't the time for an ambitious challenge...own worst enemy that's me...


I was away yesterday, it was my mums birthday. I made her a cheesecake as a surprise, yes, that is what the secret 'c' word was. Something you may not know about me is I really hate to cook, hate the kitchen, (well apart from the kettle). I can cook, I'm quite a good cook and I do cook as a reluctant part of my obligation to my family but I avoid it at every opportunity. I only have a kitchen because it came with the house. So my mum was amazingly shocked at being presented with a home made cheesecake. My mum bakes all day and she does jam and chutney and soup and stuff...I haven't inherited the love....never mind, I am quite perfect in every other way...
We had a lovely day, went out for lunch to a little place called Roa Island...saw family and ate cheesecake. I had made practice ones at home so when I got back I ate more cheesecake...there is one piece left...can't face it. Dangerously high cholesterol level beckon...

10 comments:

Postcards from Wildwood said...

So pleased the cheesecake went down well! Literally! And good luck with the video deadline. Will you be signing autographs?

deanna7trees said...

i can't imagine that you don't already have many beautiful pieces for your video. i'm hoping you will be showing a variety of your work. sounds like your mom had a good birthday. i imagined eating cheesecake yesterday.

Doreen G said...

Did that last piece of cheesecake have my name on it by any chance?
Love the new cloth pieces.

Rachel said...

So glad the cheesecake worked well. It's always good to spring surprises on mothers occasionally...!

Lois Evensen said...

Oooooh, cheesecake! Our daughter, Catherine, is in charge of cheesecake here. Happy Birthday a little late to your Mum, too!

Miss 376 said...

I haven't made cheesecake for years!
I've enjoyed the paper, but it's lovely to see the cloth again.

Elizabeth said...

Glad that your cheesecake was received well.
About this secret video. Are there specific subjects you two are gonna talk about? I know I'm nosey and impatient.

Debi From the Pacific Northwest said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely! SO nice to see some stitched cloth again, and it's absolutely gorgeous!

xx ;-) Debi

Suztats said...

MMmmmmm I love cheesecake! I love the cut-work moon and a glimpse of underneath.
Glad you had a good time celebrating your Mom's Birthday.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

One piece of cheesecake left? Can I have first dibs? Cheesecake is one of my favourites so I'll more than happily help you eat it.