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







Saturday, January 14, 2012

cross stitch....







Cross stitch.....some new on silk and some not so new on cotton and silk. I love, love, love cross stitch.....in fact thinking about it, if there was a gun to my head I don't think I could choose between cross stitch and French Knots...love for a stitch...yep that's me. The simple things in life are the best.
My main reason for troubling you today though...not to dribble over cross stitch but to unleash you on my girls. The flickr group for the January embroider, embellish create class is looking amazing and I wanted to direct you over there to drool over the amazing work....and remember...week one isn't even over. For some it's only day two.......check it out here....

17 comments:

deanna7trees said...

your girls are doing fabulously.
i too love the cross stitch. i think the pastels are my favorite.

Peggy Holt said...

Oh my goodness. Every one is beautiful and inspirational. I have been anxiously waiting for this.

Miss 376 said...

What a great combination

Beacee said...

What amazing work your girls are producing!

Monica said...

Always hated cross stitch but love French knot and daisy stitch. This is because I am NOT a precise person.

Carol Q said...

I've got cross stitch all round the house Karen but your white on white looks stunning.

Rachel said...

You always work so neatly and precisely!

MosaicMagpie said...

Speaking up from the back of the class, love the cross stitches, looking forward to Monday!
Deb

2ne said...

Love your beautifull work :-)

Flaming Nora said...

wow the flickr pics are really fab. Great to see some familiar name from the buttons class in there too.

Tatkis said...

Oh, I love cross stitches so much, and yours are so lovely!

Hugs,
Tatyana

Postcards from Wildwood said...

Stunning cross stitch Karen! Tell me - do you get it so even (on a non-evenweave fabric) by chance, or do you plan it out? I've always loved your cross stitch calligraphy.

Anni - Fabric and Mixed Media Art said...

I too love the cross stitch this piece looks fantastic, how to you embroider so fine straight rows Karen, thanks for visit and your sweet comments on my blog, looking forward to Monday's lesson.
Anni

Joanna said...

Do you use some sort of scrim or whatever the technical term is for a cloth you use for a guide to do cross stitch and then you pull the threads away? Or do you get such regular stitching because well you're just brilliant at it?

Hoola Tallulah said...

I don't really like xstitch, but you make it look so beautiful, that is some feat! WOW

Suztats said...

Cross-stitch in soft colours! Love it!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Pure bliss - I do love cross stitch so you can be sure there will be some on my cloth!