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, October 27, 2011

bits and bobs....





I have to start this post with something I would rather not have to say. It appears my e-mail has been compromised. I have sent a message to everyone in my address book not to open any mail from me with a subject of opportunity or similar but wanted to put it on here too incase anyone missed it. This happened to me once before with twitter. I have never used twitter since but e-mail...that's a little less disposable. So my morning has been spent changing passwords and keeping my fingers crossed.
Back to the pleasurable stuff now. Images today from my work and instruction regarding Karen's Global Embroidery School. This class ends at the weekend. I will miss it. I still miss my Wrapping Cloth class...I am a wuss but hey, never mind. Wouldn't you know it too, I have over run, we are having an extra lesson. I can't organise. I like to take my time. Maybe that's why I never fit into the mainstream education system...not organised enough for all the box ticking.
So I want you all to look here at the wonderful things that have been created following the simplest instructions from little old me. What amazes me is that everyone on the course watched the same demo's, received the same written guidelines yet the work produced is so diverse. There are some very talented and individually creative people out there.

17 comments:

Miss 376 said...

You may not have fit into the mainstream education system, but it's what makes you a good teacher(says she who's children don't fit either, lol)
Thank you for another wonderful class, teacher and classmates have been wonderful

deanna7trees said...

I so enjoyed this class and I will miss it as well. Glad there is still your blog that I can visit.

Beacee said...

What wonderful results. You're justly proud of your girls. Such individual works - not just copying your own. Well done all of you!

PamMcd said...

It is so heart-warming to see that all this wonderful stiching is still being produced. In a world that appears to hold no value for anything that takes time to produce you are there karen like a beacon of light in a dismal sky of mass produced, quick fix tat.

barbara l. hale said...

Impressive bunch of work from your students!

Carrie said...

The email problem happened to me recently too. Changing my password seems to have solved the problem. I really love the toggles, I can imagine them scaled up to bolster cushion size.

Tatkis said...

Oh, those small things are so cute! You can always see they are hand maded! Lovely!

Hugs,
Tatyana

Hoola Tallulah said...

Those pesky email thieves deserve a good slapping!
Your students work looks amazing, looking forward to joining in myself after crimbo :)

connie said...

What beautiful little pieces! I also love seeing the work of your students. You are keeping busy...

Joanna said...

Some lovely bits and bobs, well done to you for teaching it and well done to your students too

MosaicMagpie said...

As I looked through the slideshow of photos, I had to keep reminding myself these were buttons. The details were incredible!
Deb

Els said...

Aaaah Karen, these buttons are so cute! Just a bit looking like tiny bags with a handle, the ones doctors used to have (a hundred years ago ...) Love the little spider webs on the sides.

Tammie said...

bits and bobs
treasures and beauty
too bad about your email address, boo.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

You certainly have a talented group of students! There's some pretty impressive eye candy there.

Doreen G said...

Karen I am going to miss this class and the amazing ideas that the the rest of the class have come up with.You are a very talented lady and an even more talented teacher.

Rachel said...

What delightful bits and pieces!

Barbara said...

Thank you Karen for a super class.
I've really enjoyed leaning all these new things and I feel sure I will be incorporating all these new techniques into my future free style embroidery.

Barbara
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