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, February 23, 2012

still raggedy around the edges....




that's the work....not me. (raggedy I mean) I am almost there...the last strip, 22 inches long, 4 inches wide. It is taking me much longer than I anticipated...those girls of mine will think I'm a real slacker. It has my undivided attention I promise you but you can't rush these things, it will be ready when it's ready. There is a sense of loss here at the end of 'embroider, embellish, create'. It's obvious in our flickr group too. One or two words about missing the group, missing the experience. I have said it on there and I will say it here...it isn't over really. The six weeks is over but I am still here, thinking of you all with every stitch. Wanting to finish this for you..not me...there will be another post on our class blog, my finished piece in all its glory, trust me!
I am really happy with the reaction to yesterdays video, thank you. I will show you the ''sister'' sketchbook to that one. It's more of a sample book though, techniques we were encouraged to explore for that particular brief...maybe next week....


7 comments:

Suztats said...

Even your raggedy ends are gorgeous! I love this little piece.

deanna7trees said...

your lacy edges always remind me of the blouses i wore during my school days. i was a lacy kind of girl.

Miss 376 said...

Each and every inch is beautiful, I like this one. (Not that I haven't liked the other ones!)

Tammie Lee said...

always a wonder to see what you are dreaming life into.

so amazing to go to my art blog and see your embroidery there! ;-)
thank you~ xx

Rachel said...

As you say, it takes as long as it takes. We know you're not slacking!

earthenmagic said...

...greetings and merry meet! ~ what awesome and talented hands have yoU! ~ thankyoU sO much for the share! ~ blessed be!...
...xXx...

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Doesn't look the least bit raggedy to me!