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







Wednesday, September 7, 2011

more.....





Yes, more white. Gorgeous white though, well I think so anyway. Another section for Helens cloth which is making slow but steady progress. I feel as if I am getting into a better routine although I had to go out yesterday and I've been out this morning to the optician. I didn't know there were so many ways to photograph the humble eyeball! They've been flashed at with glaring lights, had high pressure air squirted into them, been examined microscopically, phew....but at least he said he got great images. Well that's O.K.  then, at least I have photogenic eyeballs if nothing else!!
I hope to make great strides over the next couple of days If only because I can remain indoors, reclusive I am hoping. I may venture out to the shed at some point but that shouldn't be too traumatic. As for the pile of ironing...I shall shut my eyes when I pass that. It will be as if it never existed.



p.s. Hotmail is having problems today. It's fine if you want to leave a comment I can still get those from my dashboard but if you want to mail me leave a message on my facebook for now, thanks.

13 comments:

Miss 376 said...

I did some of that this morning, trouble is, there will be another pile tomorrow from the washing done today.
Helen will love her cloth

deanna7trees said...

love the stitching over, what looks like, a damask cloth with the white on white background.

connie said...

This is so pretty Karen. I hope you enjoy your day stitching!!! Have fun!

Michelle said...

PLEASE....I beg you.....teach a beginner class! :)

Lois Evensen said...

We will venture out today for a few last things - packing for the trip South beginning tomorrow. :)))) Back on board the ship on Sunday! My blog lags a few days, though, for obvious reasons. I'll be back to only being able to log into other blogs only on Sundays because of the limited band width via the ship satellite connection.

I will keep checking in on you every Sunday for sure!!!!!

Huge hugs,
Lois

Lois Evensen said...

Oh, I forgot to mention. I have your beautiful beads packed so that I can design a crocheted purse for them while I have time on board. :)))) Pictures will be available when finished.

Jill said...

I can just look and look at your pieces.

MosaicMagpie said...

Oh, the dreaded ironing, just think of all the fun things that we could do if only they made wrinkle free clothes. Throw away clothes would be even better...but then again I would be hoarding them thinking I could do something with them one day! Glad your eyes checked out okay!
Deb

Elizabeth said...

Just love to hear that you have a photogenic side, smile. Your white work is just perfect.

Joanna said...

Gorgeous indeed

Suztats said...

When it comes to your wonderful white embroidery, Karen, more is just Better!!! Beautiful

Linda Carole Bloom said...

Love the white stuff, especially the little hearts! (hint): If you open a second story window and very carefully drop the iron, making sure that it lands on concrete (or a strategically placed rock), the iron will be out of commission and you won't be able to iron until you can (finally, at long last) afford a new one. Love, Linda
P.S. And everyone knows you can't use your Sewing Iron to iron ordinary clothing.

Rachel said...

You've got some lovely textures here - and at least the visit to the opticians is over for a year or two!