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







Sunday, February 12, 2012

playing.....



Last night I found myself with a huge cloth...partly joined and embellished...requiring more joining. I also found myself surrounded by people eating Chinese take away....(yes, take away...I cooked for them once already!!! Where does it say that I am a domestic goddess??? that must be in the same place where it says I know how to park the car...never never land then.) anyway, I digress...what to do? Yes I was being an attentive mother, chatting, making brews, getting water and juice, washing the dishes too but creativity withdrawals were going on.
So I got out my teeny tiny sketchbook and titivated a page. A little stitch, some old paper from way back when that I actually painted myself and knew would come in handy one day and voila!! A new page...love it.
I really must explain my constant presence on here when I have house guests...they go out...Blackpool today, all roller coasters and Candy Floss...tonight they are going to watch Ice Hockey...they don't need me, it's cupboard love, bed and food is all they need...I do get invited but then I get stressed about the state of my carpets...yes Kate...it's OCD...I don't deny that one...I think I have a badge somewhere! You WILL be proud of me tomorrow...I am cooking for them again...and for their friends!!! Now that's what I call Domestic Goddess behaviour...whose going to make me a badge????



17 comments:

Miss 376 said...

I've been spoiled, my little darlings have cooked for me the last two days.
Enjoy your playtime today

Emmy said...

I love your little book I like to learn more so I signed up for the class

Jackie said...

You are a Mother in a million. All that and a gorgeous page of a book too. You would have a fit if you came here. I get distressed about the state of my carpets..but the carpet's pretty distressed as well.
Have a lot of fun with the family.x

Tatkis said...

Adorable page!
Having guests always has some good and bad moments :)

Hugs,
Tatyana

Lois Evensen said...

You are so funny in addition to being so creative. Love checking in. We're in port again today and showing up on the left side of the Port Canaveral web cam. :)

All the best,
Lois

liniecat said...

I reckon that Domestic Goddess label is SO over rated ........lol

Elizabeth said...

You are the brave one to give yourself your creative time and shuffle the domestic goddess aside.

PamMcd said...

love that book!

Tammie Lee said...

I sure love the way you play!

Carol Q said...

tsk guests Karen - they get in the way of creation don't they? good thing you're only needed to provide bed and food (and the occasional carpet clean) lol

Jeannie said...

The best kind of guests allow time for the hostess to play! I love your little book and its stitches. I retired my Domestic Goddess title, I realized it only mattered to me! If others come to see my house and not me, they will be disappointed! LOL!

barbara l. hale said...

Lol. Yes, you deserve a badge for cooking again. Love your books. Inspirational.

deanna7trees said...

the gray and white combo is fabulous.

Flaming Nora said...

An O.C.D Queen badge.
Humm I am now spinning with ideas!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Of course said badge had better be white, right? Love your wee book - definitely a much safer thing to work on whilst Chinese food is being consumed.

Rachel said...

Love it - fascinating to see the same artistic sensibility translating across different media!

Amy E Thompson said...

This is lovely. I love combining paper and embroidery.