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







Thursday, December 15, 2011

paper...





I'm still playing with paper in the quiet moments which are few and far between...until tomorrow that is! From tomorrow onwards I will be a lady of leisure....of sorts anyway. You may find me elegantly draped anywhere, on the sofa? even at the computer it must be possible to drape yourself elegantly on the chair? Basically the madness will be over in the morning. My gifts were all safely delivered 'up north' yesterday  before I take myself off south to London for Christmas. I delivered them personally, braving the M6 along with hail, rain and wind but it was worth it...we had cake! My cards are all in the capable hands of Royal Mail as are my parcels. I will still be stalking the computer though, I don't go away for over a week, Christmas Eve to be precise but that gives me lots of time to play, relax and witter away at you.
I am still taking registration for
and continue to be overwhelmed that so many of you want to be part of that.
Before bedtime tonight I will have completely uploaded all my stuff to the stitched site!!!! I am patting myself hard on the back for that one....
So for now it is paper, or has been paper. I adore these images......and can you see how tissue paper reacts to my needle? That really is precious and even more gorgeous in real life. I wish you could put your hand in here I really do......or maybe not. It may get quite grubby after a while.

12 comments:

deanna7trees said...

i may have to pull out some paper to play with before the month is out. i just love it. enjoy your holiday time.

Joanna said...

Love the blue detail that runs through the design.

MosaicMagpie said...

Who would think that paper could be so beautiful!
Deb

Miss 376 said...

That's what attracted me to your stitching in the first place, it just makes you want to touch it.
Enjoy your quiet time

stitchinglife.com said...

It looks just gorgeous, Karen. It's hard to tell at a glance which is paper and which is thread.

Elizabeth said...

Keep on playing Karen and I'll keep enjoying looking at your stunning travels.

Linda Carole Bloom said...

Just enrolled in your January class = so excited!!!
And I got news that one of my aprons is going to be published in "apronology" in February!
Marley, Sunny and I are doing better after the loss of Cassie, hope your holiday is restful. Love, Linda

Peggy Holt said...

Oh, Karen, what inspirational work. I practically short out my computer drooling on the keyboard!

I really want to try my hand at this paper stitching; I am so intrigued. It is so elegant in its simplicity.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

You're stitching on TISSUE paper??? Oh. My. You amaze me.

Rachel said...

It looks gorgeous - and you are impressively well-organised, from the sounds of it!

Bree at "Bree's Way" said...

I always love your embroidery and your cloths, but I am curious, other than framing and displaying, what do you do with the larger cloths/ some of them are so pretty and seem so delicate, I would hate to use them for something that would destroy them? What do you do with yours?

karen said...

Hi Bree...I don't frame my own cloths. I have them where I can see them, over chairs or in the bedroom. Some I have made have been used as Baptism shawls and some are made as heirlooms containing cloth that has been in a family for generations, a handkerchief perhaps or as I am doing at the moment in using a scrap of cloth from my Great Grandmothers nightgown.... I don't have pets or small children so it isn't hard to keep them clean and be careful around them....