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 28, 2012

Seams....



In order to convince the French Knot that it hadn't been usurped by cross stitch I reacquainted myself with it last night...a few short rows covering a gorgeous piece of vintage cutwork from my latest block. I then embellished seams....
It has been a bit mad around here for a few days...I have had strangers in my house doing things to my bathroom. I don't like having strangers in my bathroom. Yes, I know I asked them to come and I know that I now have a wonderful bathroom...still....strangers in the bathroom is not a good feeling for me although I do sense a good film title!
My inbox is crammed and I am going to attend to that soon....some time in the next 24 hours anyway because sadly I have people to feed, not strangers but people all the same.....

8 comments:

deanna7trees said...

i love that little, puffy bauble.

barbara l. hale said...

I am with you completely with strangers in the house. Unnerving even when they are doing something we asked them to do. Beautiful French Knots. It must be sort of meditative to do those one after another.

Rachel said...

Goodness, adventures both away from the embroidery frame and at it!

Suztats said...

French knots on the bauble (I love french knots!) and beautiful seams!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I knew french knots wouldn't be far from your heart - despite your flirtation with cross stitches!

sharon young said...

I love french knots too, i made a piece for my son once with only French knots, it represented the beach and was wonderful to do. I love the difference in scale around the button.

Coach Tina said...

Beatuiful, Karen

Tammie said...

thank you for my morning chuckle, i know, i know you are serious and that is the best sort of humor, for me. cross stitches and french knots, i would think they are best friends by now.