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, October 19, 2011

lace.....








As promised, some detailed pictures of Helen's white cloth. More specifically, images of the beautiful vintage lace that has been used in different areas. I am so busy today, Helen is coming home for the weekend and she will be taking this back with her. Aside from my excitement at seeing her I have to clean, wash bedding, tidy up and get ready for my class on Saturday (note to self, best buy more food too). The I am taking her off on Monday to visit her Grandparents before they forget what she looks like. We have a new baby to meet too and other assorted relatives to pop in on. No rest for the wicked then.....

13 comments:

deanna7trees said...

great visuals. enjoy your time with family.

Miss 376 said...

Better make the most of the time left with this cloth. You'll have a lovely time with Helen and the rest of the family

Els said...

There is just such an amazing numbers of different fabrics and laces .....
Lucky Helen.

Elizabeth said...

Time to say goodbye to a piece so beautiful and made with the love of a mother. Your little girl is a very lucky one!!!!

Hoola Tallulah said...

Ah karen, your work is just breathtaking, the detail, wow. I always leave your blog with a little skippity skip of the heart and always so inspired <3

Jackie said...

Your photographs are stunning. have fun with Helen. I know you will.

MosaicMagpie said...

What a treasure you will be sending on it'way. A treasure that will be passed on and loved by many more generations.
Deb

fabriquefantastique said...

I have not been around much for a few months and am glad to see your work is as gorgeous as ever....

Mary said...

So beautiful!

Jill said...

This definitley has a big wow factor!

Rachel said...

The textures of the lace are so delicious!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Vintage lace to die for! Can't wait to read a report of what Helen thought of her special cloth.

liniecat said...

Karen, do you bleach or whiten your fabrics at all? They always look so startlingly, beautifully white and yet some of the lace seems as if its old and not modern.
Is there a knack to giving the bright white back, to worn and wonderful linens and lace?