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, January 12, 2012

for class......





These are my pieces for January 2012 embroider, embellish, create.....I am trying to stay one step ahead of everyone else after all it's hard to tell someone how to do something if you haven't actually done it yourself! I am hoping that in the next couple of days I can direct you to the class flickr group and then you can see the amazing creativity that's going on. I won't do it yet because I am thinking that Rouleau loops are causing stress!!! so I am going to give everyone a couple of days for the tranquilisers to work!

9 comments:

Flaming Nora said...

Rouleaus no problemo.
There is something I can do!
Top-tip-a-rama.
Stitch them with a piece of piping cord inside, as if you were making a piping. Stitch next to the piping all the way down, BUT when you start stitch across the piping and the end of the rouleau to secure it. Start your stitching a bit further out and after about 3 - 4 stitches swing back in to your required width. So the end now looks a bit like a trumpet. This gives you a bit more space to wiggle the rouleau in to place when you are pulling it through. Now for the clever bit. Pull on the piping cord and ease the trumpeted part of the rouleau inside its self. The cord gives you something to pull the whole thumping thing through with. When all is turned through snip off the trumpeted wide end.when you do this you cut through the cord, then just pull it out and put to one side to use next time. Unless you want a corded rouleau of course...
Hope this helps and you understand what the hell I'm waffling on about.
xx

deanna7trees said...

your pics reminded me how much i love the cross stitching. need to put some of that on my magic cloth. it's looking beautiful.

Coach Tina said...

I miss this class-I need to get back to my piece. I have been working on my quilting at this time and thinking about fashion sewing again-I just love fabric and creating.
These pictures are fabulous. And, if I can make the rouleau loops-anyone can make them. In fact that was one of my favorite parts of the class.

Take care!

Suztats said...

White, pristine, beautiful cross- stitches, wonderful design, delicate, strong, gorgeous embroidery,.......sigh.......

Miss 376 said...

I've already seen some of the photos coming from this class, it's lovely to see those loops reappearing. Brings back lots of pleasant memories

stitchinglife.com said...

It all looks stunning as usual. Top tip from Nora there, by the way - I like that a lot.

Tatkis said...

Charming and elegant! White beauty!

Hugs,
Tatyana

Rachel said...

Gorgeous! And I'm sure your students are less fragile than you imagine!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Gorgeous, as always Karen - I consider myself so lucky to be learning from you!