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 23, 2011

the start......and a give away reminder.





This is probably the first part of my next white cloth. The white cloth that I will make with my class starting in January. Why start it now? Well it's only small, I would like to be slightly ahead and also tomorrow I am being featured here, very exciting but I won't be home to post and I wanted to leave them something special to look at. I wanted to leave something ''me'' here if you know what I mean.
On Tuesday I will have an announcement too. It is very exciting and will require quite a bit of effort on my part but I am hoping it will be worth it. I will let you know about that with links and huge fonts on the day....
Don't forget my give away either, it's here. All I can say is I am overwhelmed. I didn't realise there was a world dish rag shortage....maybe someone should tell the UN! It has sparked a little light in my brain too, a 'needle doodling'' class. What do you think? Anyway, if you want a chance to win then please leave a comment on that post and not this one as I will get confused...and you know it doesn't take much to confuse me...you can comment on this one too if you want..entirely up to you.
My daughter is here but not here. She has gone out with her Dad, her Brother and the lovely Richard who is her other half, hence I have computer time. Tomorrow we go ''up north'' to visit Grandparents and new babies......we will eat a lot of cake!!

17 comments:

Tatkis said...

Such a romantic start! Good luck with it!

Hugs,
Tatyana

Miss 376 said...

Shall look forward to seeing this one as it grows

saraz said...

Do you have suggestions for washing and whitening old linens and lace? You have probably addressed this issue before.....

deanna7trees said...

needle doodling sounds great. this new cloth looks beautiful. funny how now that I've taken the class, I see your cloth with different eyes, so to speak. not any less beautiful but with different understanding.

Suztats said...

Lovely start! I look forward to the announcement, so have fun tomorrow.

Elizabeth said...

The thought that you sell yourself short hasn't entered your hemisphere yet?!?.

Great to see another white piece and I'm looking forward on what you have in store for us.

Enjoy your sunday with your family.

Lois Evensen said...

How pretty. It is fun to stop by and see what you're up to over there. ;) Glad to see the classes are going well.

Sunday hugs from Port Canaveral,
Lois

Hoola Tallulah said...

Beautiful work and exciting news about your feature <3

Mary said...

Very smart to work ahead. Have a great trip!

MosaicMagpie said...

I love, "we love french knots"! Always neat stuff on there. I like the look of the white cloth for the upcoming class. I will be in that class on the front row!
Deb

Doreen G said...

If this is what I will be attempting to make then I am convinced I will be a definite starter.

stitchinglife.com said...

Excellent! Have a good week :-)

changelingthings said...

OH, I've been away from internet world for so long and there's so much to catch up on. I love this piece...I know it's probably a bit strange but those round puffy circles remind me of cherries.

deanna7trees said...

the interview was great. enjoyed seeing a section of your workspace. maybe you can share more of that on your blog. I love seeing how others have organized their cloth, etc.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Great article! And a needle noodling class sounds like great fun. I'm trying very hard not to wish my life away, but I can't wait for the start of the class in January.

Rachel said...

Fascinating to see the light fall across so many textures and shapes..

Rosa said...

Great post and feature on "We Love French Knots" - so glad you did it!Your work is amazing. Using any of it as a dish rag would be a serious crime - what a terrible thought! (Now I must eat some chocolate... poor me..awful pictures in my head..phew..)