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







Tuesday, October 4, 2011

A cloth for James

I am too good to you!! I am so good to you that I get to play with cloth and talk you to sleep!! Torture of the worst kind....not. Another video for you today, hope you like it, about six minutes long. Honestly you can't shut me up these days!!

video

And just because I can, another plug for my next class....buttons and more...starts next Monday. Over here if you want to know more. If you don't then you can skip this bit.
Some buttons to tempt you?
( we won't necessarily be making these particular ones )

have a lovely Tuesday.

15 comments:

deanna7trees said...

I'm enjoying this video thing you are doing here. beautiful cloth, as usual.

stitchinglife.com said...

Interesting! And hello :-)

Jackie said...

Great stuff. Brave stuff.

connie said...

I enjoyed your video Karen. It was nice to hear your voice... :-) I love hearing all about your cloth for James. We are so in the same place when it comes to our children. Thanks for sharing. I think we are lucky MOMS!!!

I am looking forward to hearing about Helen's cloth.

Joanna said...

You don't need to apologise for the lighting it was more a constructive comment, but have to say it was much clearer this week :)

barbara l. hale said...

Enjoyed your explanation of the cloth for your son. It's a beautiful piece that I'm sure he loves. Great idea with the text messages. And I LOVE those buttons with the blue.

MosaicMagpie said...

I throughly enjoyed the video and I can see why everyone was wanting to purchase it. What a special section of the cloth, the hexagons with the text messages. So much meaning between the two of you.
Deb

sparkle jars said...

Loved your beautiful video regarding the meaning of your work...very touching sentiments that go with outstanding handwork.
:-)

cherie said...

Absolutely lovely Karen.
I am in the same position at the moment.
Although my two children are still living at home, they both are becoming more independent and dont need me as much. It is a difficult transition in life. And i love how you have expressed your feelings.

Suztats said...

I enjoyed learning about you and James' cloth. Not only is your love stitched into the fabric, but beyond that and the lovely stitching, each piece carries special meanings, making it also a memory cloth of special moments and times. That is beautiful. It gives deeper meaning to the 'threads that bind' family together as you refer in stitch to mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers. No wonder it drew everyone to it.

Elizabeth said...

Just loved the way you explained the way you stitched your love for James into this very beautiful piece. Great idea to use his textmessages.

Tammie Lee said...

hello Karen,
i loved listened to what is important to you and how you express this in your embroidery. such a treasure this piece is, to be loved forever.

also I loved hearing your voice. I feel like i have known you for a couple of years in our blogging way... to add your voice to the mix is great fun for me~!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I'm sure your kids realize just how much you love them as this cloth attests. I love the use of private messages that have meaning to only the two of you.

avomeri said...

Yes a lovely piece, full of love!
And yes, you have a beautiful voice! BUT you speake too fast for me and have a special accent... :)
Despite that I think I could understand the essential. Thanks for sharing your children love.xx

Rachel said...

Those buttons are delightful, Karen!