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







Friday, February 3, 2012

the missing petal




It's so obvious in the bottom image but I hadn't noticed until now....the flower on the left is missing a petal.....I guess that means this piece isn't finished then, there is another petal to embroider. It won't be a chore that's for sure, I love this section. Tomorrow will be a day to get all my pieces together and hopefully start joining sections. I think I have enough now. This one needs another petal of course and there are perhaps two others that need more work. It should all be clearer by Monday....
I am having massively frustrating computer issues.....I want to change my blog host to Typepad. Typepad cannot import blogger files they have to be converted. I have completed the scary stage...exporting all the files from here to my downloads ready for conversion. The world didn't end, my blog is still here...phew. BUT when I click the ''convert'' button to change the file format all I get is an error message..... mightily frustrating. I don't give up easily but I think I am on a round 25 tries and I am beginning to think giving up may be the best option....watch this space....
You may be wondering why I want to move...well you know how it is, sometimes you just feel like you need a change of scenery but now I am thinking if I do give up number one it will save me money as Typepad is a paid for host and then perhaps I could titivate this blog instead, de clutter a little bit...decisions, decisions and I'm just so confused as to what to do..
in other news...the new class is coming together, if slowly. It shouldn't be much longer now and you will be the first to know when it's ready. I am very excited..................

13 comments:

Joanna said...

I hate that when it happens, when I leave something out and don't notice at first, but once I do it bugs me. Glad it isn't a chore for you, certainly looks nice :o)

MosaicMagpie said...

My daughter has a typepad blog and loves typepad. I had enough trouble setting up my blog, I would hate to think of moving everything and sorting it all out again.
Deb

Miss 376 said...

It'll be so exciting seeing all the pieces coming together

sparkle jars said...

I like the missing petal. :-)
I've been enjoying your posts this morning. Your work is incredible.

Peggy Holt said...

I would never have seen the missing petal, but if I had, I would have thought that it was missing because of a deliberate design decision, not because you forgot to do it....see, I think you know exactly what you are doing all the time, and every stitch is a part of an over all design plan.

karen said...

oh believe me there are many times when I haven't a clue what I'm doing!!

Rachel said...

I'm not sure I would have noticed the missing petal!

I'm sorry to hear of your computer woes. So many Blogger users seem to suffer them..

deanna7trees said...

in life, there are missing petals. nothing is perfect. i like the one with the missing petal. i sometimes do that intentionally.

Elizabeth said...

Computer problems, grrr. So much times disappears to find the solution.

Love the pictures despite the fact that one petal is missing in action.

Have a great weekend Karen.

Doreen G said...

Well Karen I found the missing petal-it is in the top right hand corner all by itself.
I think the piece looks great as it is.

Jeannie said...

Obviously, I was so enamored with the beautiful stitching and artwork, I didn't even notice the petal. Perhaps someone was doing the "he loves, he loves me not" rhyme and borrowed it. ;-)

underatopazsky said...

I've really enjoyed all the recent glorious white on white and esppecially the glimpses into your sketchbook. What appears to be stitching on tags is intriguing!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

There are two thoughts that come to mind about the missing petal - not all flowers are perfect and sometimes a petal is lost through no fault of their own; and only God can make things perfect. I believe the Amish leave some small 'error' on their quilts to illustrate that point.