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, December 28, 2011

scrim......

Scrim

Scrim noun 1. A kind of light cotton or linen fabric, often woven in openwork patterns,






Hi everyone, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas/Holiday! We have 
had a wonderful few days, just lovely.
Since the festivities have ended I have been playing with scrim. I used scrim
 a lot during my ''studying'' years and had forgotten how versatile it could be and also 
how similar it is in structure to lace. Coarser perhaps but after a little manipulation it
 becomes a very unique lace like structure. It is almost frothy, like the topping on a very 
               expensive cup of coffee! This sampling is all concerned with an idea I am mulling over and 
in my experience the best way to develop that is to sample.....so sampling it shall be. 
I am still taking registrations for embroider, embellish, create. We start on January 9
so there is plenty of time to get organised, gather your things and plan your cloth if you are 
thinking about it. Once you register you will be bombarded with information, an avalanche 
of e-mail and be given access to videos which will help you with cloth choices and provide 
food for thought regarding your own piece and how it may evolve. 

17 comments:

Sequana said...

One of my neighbors decided one year that she wanted curtains made from scrim. Oh my gosh. I told her it was like sewing with spider webs.

I can surely see it used in a much smaller project tho.

Happy New Year!

Suztats said...

I like the light, airy feeling of the scrim. As you say, 'frothy'. Like icing on a cake. yum.

deanna7trees said...

like whipped cream...

Elizabeth said...

What a beautiful pictures Karen, the scrim looks so, sooo delicate.

MosaicMagpie said...

Scrim almost looks like what we call cheese cloth here?? Maybe? I am looking forward to the class!
Deb

Rachel said...

A further definition, then:
"scrim: something Karen will do wonderful things with"!

Brenda T said...

Beautiful! Questions? Did you weave a grid pattern into the cloth and how did you finish the edges? Scrim or cheesecloth as it is called here ... more uses than for polishing or using for a jellybag.

Lois Evensen said...

How lovely. I learn something new almost every time I see your blog. :)

Doreen G said...

I have had too much food lately to compare scrim with food but I do think it looks like the frothy foam that we see at the beach when the waves pound down on the sand.

Joanna said...

I like the description of frothy coffee for scrim. Glad you enjoyed your hols

Carol Q said...

doesn't that look beautiful and delicate Karen?

Coach Tina said...

So beautiful! I love the stitching on the scrim-what a clever idea-you are so creative. I cannot wait to see what you plan to do with this

Diane said...

Karen, love the scrim. Cheesecloth, as we say here. Quite delicate and must be difficult to work on. Do I see crocheting on the edge? I just did some crochet on the edge of a creamy colored burlap and love the effect. I'll have to try the scrim also - when my thumb stops reminding me that it's been crocheting TOO much and decided to twinge at me!
Ah....the pitfalls of needleart! LOL!

Beautiful photos and work! As always!

Diane

Peggy Holt said...

Wow, so now I have to go sleuthing for "scrim". I think it is similar to what upholsterers use sometimes as an underlayment.

There is also a higher grade of cheesecloth that I think would work for those of us in the USA.

I think our cheesecloth is not woven finely enough to stitch on, but a higher quality of it might just do the trick.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Scrim looks like it would be so much fun to work with. Must root through my stash to see if I have any cheesecloth to see if it's a close substitute.

Lynette (NZ) said...

Your work is so beautiful. I have just done a post about using scrim and linked to your work :-)

bohemiannie! art said...

I came by via Lynn's blog and have to say I'm glad I did. Your pieces are beautiful. Awesome photos.