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 11, 2011

Helen's Cloth...



Do you remember the video from last week a cloth for James? Today I have another video for you, a cloth for Helen. Yes, I know, Helen has a lot of cloth, what can I say......five minutes long again, hope you like it.


and you are allowed to ignore this bit if you want, skip over it, consign it to history but it must be said....
Karen's Global Embroidery School has had late comers, that's fine. If you are still pondering I want to clarify.....you can join any time, you will get all the resources posted before you joined, you will have access to EVERYTHING until December 24.
Over and out!

15 comments:

DIAN said...

thanks for the explanation about Helen's cloth. I missed the previous one so I will go and find it.

Rachel said...

Love the variety of tones in the photograph!

jill said...

wow these are both great and make me want to go and make a start on an embroidery project but i will have to get other projects out of the way first

deanna7trees said...

what can I say. just beautiful...

Miss 376 said...

beautiful

Barbara said...

So very beautiful with lots of gorgeous textures and embroidery.

Coach Tina said...

All I can say-is beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. I love the story, the inspiration and the motivation.

MosaicMagpie said...

Having 2 daughters myself, I love the symbolism of the strong binding holding your love together.
A very special cloth indeed.
Deb

connie said...

Oh, Karen, I just love Helen's cloth. I just love the idea of the text messages in the cloth. It seems to be an important form of communication with our children! Again you inspire! I am sending good thoughts your way and thank you so very much for sharing!

Elizabeth said...

Just loved the way you explained Helen and also James's cloth. Gives me insight in how you work and think. You know what, you have very pretty hands, embroidery hands, no wonder you are so talented.

Doreen G said...

I am gobsmacked Karen.
The love that has gone into these beautiful cloths let alone the work is amazing.What a fabulous heirloom you have created for them both.

Sheep Rustler said...

Maybe by the weekend I will have time to watch your videos and start on your class!

Tammie Lee said...

my goodness, what a powerful and loving mother you are. your children are quite fortunate to have you and share life with you. This cloth is full of magic, love and beauty!

Postcards from Wildwood said...

Just watched both videos in one big video session. Both cloths are absolutely delightful, Karen. What I got from the video, that I wouldn't have appreciated from a regular photo, is the scale of the piece, the physical relationship between the parts, and also your intellectual processes in designing and constructing it. Lucky Helen and James!

My Sweet Prairie said...

Karen's Global Embroidery School... that's brilliant! I can only imagine how this will grow and unfold and sustain you for a long, long time. It's like your cloths! : ) Each class is a piece. Congratulations! : )

~Monika
sewing in Saskatoon, Canada