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







Friday, October 7, 2011

yes, more puffs.....




Friday already? Oh my goodness, only two more days until this starts, you still have time. For those of you who have just turned off through sheer boredom don't worry, torture is nearly over...promise I won't mention it again after Monday, Guides honour.
I also come bearing gifts, does that earn me a little forgiveness? The winner of my white buttons from so long ago that you have definitely forgotten is Deanna. Postal stuff please....and I hope that doesn't mean you won't be learning with us on Monday now that you have some ready made????
What do I have for you this week? Which pile of old tat am I trying to get off my hands and give to a poor unsuspecting reader....as if you don't suffer enough? Well puffs of course, what else is there.....
Help yourself, just a comment, a simple comment, a nice one, a not so nice one. Beggars can't be choosers so I take whatever crumbs are thrown my way.
Anyway, anybody would think I don't have anything to do. Must move my self and get on with some work...Bullion stitches, French knots, Web stitches, titivations...Karen's embroidery school is nothing without embroidery...just a grumpy woman from Lancashire who loves the sound of her own voice just a little too much!!

22 comments:

SuZ Stuff said...

just love your work---I would be taking your online class but alas! this is a very busy time of year for me--maybe next time around-

SuZ USA

MosaicMagpie said...

We like the sound of your voice and most of all we love seeing your work. Please wear your crown proudly today, QMOT!
Deb

Elizabeth said...

You are so funny and it is so good to read how much fun you have with your embroidery school and making video's.

Your puffs are fabulous, he but what else is new!!!!

LOL

deanna7trees said...

I'm so excited that I won. and, of course, I will be there on Monday. thank you so much.
2nd attempt at a comment. the 1st one seems to have disappeared.

Suztats said...

Love the puffs, Karen, especially sprinkled with your gorgeous embroidery! Best of luck with your class-- we're having Thanksgiving here this weekend. Hugs

Coach Tina said...

Lucky Deanna! I know she will love the buttons and use them soon.

The puffs are really beautiful. Thanks for sharing

Jeannie said...

Hurrah for Deanna!!! I know she will do something amazing with the beads. I would love to take some "old tat" off your hands. LOL! I really want to take your class, but saddly I am having surgery next week and will be out of commission for a while. (Nothing big, just don't know what my capabilities will be.) Rest assured, I will be in a class after the New Year. Everyone is creating such beautiful work, which shows that you are an excellent teacher with talented students. Wishing you a beautiful weekend.

Carol Q said...

i love those puffs, they are completely scrummy!

lilipopo said...

I have nothing to say I just want the puffs

Kate x

Jane said...

Oooh, puffs! Thank you for the chance to win them.
Jane

Ingrid said...

YES PLEASE i would love to win those puffs! Im so happy I joined your class, have learnt so much!
Have a great weekend

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Your puff are always so creative and beautiful. Hugs Judy

Rachel said...

There's a sort of charming fragility about these - lovely!

méri said...

lovely,Karen!

Miss 376 said...

They'd fit in very well at the rubbish tip here in Sheffield, lol

MosaicMagpie said...

Who said we don't want them????
Deb

gill said...

Oh Karen, definitely not tat!!
Count me in please!

Plum Cox said...

Puffs? Yes please? And then can I have a lovely cloth to go with them? No? OK, just the puffs and some embroidery knowledge will be fine then..... Looking forward to tomorrow!

Sheep Rustler said...

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Dolores said...

And where was I that I missed this post? Probably in Niagara Falls showing a young Brit the sights. Anyway, thanks for the chance to win. I always admire the things you do. White is so wonderful!

Beacee said...

Love the videos - nice to hear your thoughts about them and the relationships between the parts.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Ill gladly throw crumbs your way - just might take me awhile to get around to it. Obviously I'm playing catch-up again....