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







Sunday, October 16, 2011

four corners





The four corners of this. Making this involved a huge journey resulting in a precious cloth for Helen comprising many areas of interest, of focus, of delight. I will show you more of these from time to time.

13 comments:

Miss 376 said...

Love being able to see more of the individual sections

Montreat Designs said...

Love love love how you incorporated the lace into it all, what a feast for the eyes.

Lois Evensen said...

Very pretty. Love all the little pieces and how they come together so beautifully. :))

Big hugs,
Lois (yes, it is Sunday again and I have a connection!!!!)

Gina said...

I think a small book featuring the details and the story behind them will be of great value behind them too. Fabulous project, born of love!

Have a wonderful holiday!

Carol Q said...

I have so enjoyed seeing the pictures of the development of the cloth. Stunningly tactile and beautiful to look at. Lucky girl

deanna7trees said...

just love that little tatted strip in the last image. I might have to get out my tatting shuttle so I can add some pink tatting to my cloth.

Elizabeth said...

Your corners are just so perfectly beautiful!!!! They are just so Karen, really lovely.

Coach Tina said...

Deanna-I have found myself looking at tatting instructions to make some for my piece-this is getting invovled :>)

Tammie said...

entirely gorgeous~

Rachel said...

So many varieties of technique and texture!

MosaicMagpie said...

Four corners holding in all that love. Beautiful stitching!
Deb

Diane said...

Karen, your work is incredible. I found you at Jillayne's Quilting Fabrications (A Fine Seam) blog. I'll be back. You are inspiring with your talent....Such tactile looking creations!
Diane

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Four corners that surround such beauty...perfect. (and, btw...the chorus for you doing a 'real' book is growing...have you noticed??).