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 1, 2011

excited......


Yipee!! It's Monday!! My article is out....it looks so good. Please, please, please go and read it. I sweated blood over this. Grammar was checked, spelling was checked...if it was for teacher I would have hoped for a 'B' at least. It starts on page 37, be sure to click for full screen...it looks fab!! 






The cutwork piece is finished too...regular sweat shop here...it is now listed...
The fabric strips I showed yesterday are damp stretched and looking gorgeous....I had itchy fingers though whilst I was waiting so started another piece...I may show you tomorrow. It will depend on whether I give in to my hankering for curtain making. I use the term curtain making very loosely....a simple runner for my kitchen, Broderie Anglasie with a printed cotton edge....I want to I really do...can I put the paper down though?



p.s. Rachel.....can't get on your blog...AArgh!! Not ignoring you I promise....

28 comments:

Miss 376 said...

Well done you. Great read, and the photos look wonderful

avomeri said...

Wow!!!! Well done! Congratulations Karen!

chasing lightning bugs said...

your article is wonderful. what you say is important. it is so necessary to continue to remind a society that has minimized this work, just how integral it indeed is.

Postcards from Wildwood said...

Great article, Karen. Looks brilliant with the photos. Congratulations!

cottonreel said...

I absolutely adore your work , I love wite anything , have you published a book?

Joanna said...

A good article Karen, I was also wondering when the book would be out :o)

laterisinglark said...

No wonder you're excited! I've not only read the article (for which I give you an A+ not a B) but I have also downloaded the whole magazine. Very inspiring.

I am so grateful I found your blog (via Flickr) at this particular time in my life. I've signed up for the local embroidery class I was looking at and, as the teacher says she can teach any type of embroidery to people of all abilities, I shall show her some of your work and say "I want to do something like that!"

deanna7trees said...

a beautiful article. i enjoyed all the quotes you inserted, as well. and the photos were perfect. it is also a wonderful magazine. there used to be a Handmade magazine in the US that i subscribed to but i'm not sure if it still exists. i imagine you are over the moon and with good reason. congrats to you and here's to many more.

Lois Evensen said...

Hi Karen,

The article and the magazine are wonderful! Congratulations for your feature article!

Your work is wonderful and deserves to be known and enjoyed. I'm so impressed!!!!

Great big hugs from over here to over there,
Lois ;)

connie said...

Hi Karen, It has been a while, I love, love, love your paper piece. I am a bit behind since my trip so I have not seen your article and such but hope to catch up soon. Work is keeping me off the computer. :-( I absolutely loved Sweden and the people! Thanks for your recommendations. Have a great day.

Patchwork Linda said...

Definitely A+,the whole piece is great ,loving the photos best.x

Vicky Small said...

the latest piece is coming together beautifully. look forward to seeing the fabric strips. what type of paper are you using?

Elizabeth said...

The article looks great. Hope you have stocked your shop really well.

Just love your paperwork, it is just amazing what you do with just a needle and a piece of thread.

Rachel said...

Our servers went down on Saturday and the support guys are putting in overtime trying to sort it all out.

Going to read your article now...

LOULA BELLE AT HOME said...

Absolutely gorgeous work. I am so pleased I stumbled on the article.

jan b. said...

Bravo! on your article. Love this cutwork piece and I see it got snatched up quickly.

Beacee said...

Excellent article!

Doreen G said...

Great article Karen--teacher would be proud of you.

dottedyellowline said...

Sonia Delauney! your are my hero
Great piece, very well spoken. Nice photos.

k

LindaSchiffer said...

Thanks for sharing the magazine and what a great article you wrote!

:) Linda

stitchinglife.com said...

Well done!

vintagerockchick said...

Well done, you must be very proud - a very interesting and thought provoking article. I was going to tell me sis to read it - but I see from her comment that she already has! xx

Suztats said...

Yay!!

Sheep Rustler said...

That is an excellent article, very fascinaating and makes me want to research the quoted people in greater detail. And the photos of your work are yummy! A+, not B at all :)

Linda Carole Bloom said...

Hi Karen,
Wow, have you been busy! I guess those antibiotics are working wonders. Glad you are feeling better!! I was thinking I really prefer your fabric pieces over the paper ones, but the one you show today is wonderful! I love the circles within the squares. I'm having a tea party tomorrow - gotta make fillings for those little sandwiches and raspberry cream for the scones. Bye for now. Love, Linda

Linda Carole Bloom said...

P.S. CONGRATS on the article - which is what I started writing to you for - it's great!

lilipopo said...

It's a really interesting article. I was especially interested in Sonia Delaunay as I only knew her as a painter before now. Congratulations!!

Kate x

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Absolutely great article - you did yourself proud my friend. I'm going back to have a peek through the rest of the magazine too. (btw - I see a couple more of the comments are urging you towards a book...see? I keep telling you!!).