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







Monday, February 27, 2012

the technical note file....


like a very poor mother I am going to ask you to sit quietly and watch this whilst I finish backing my cloth....



5 comments:

deanna7trees said...

how wonderful that you kept it all. you put down some pieces that i thought were fabulous. my favorite was the middle of the 3 black and white check pieces where you did some free form embroidery. it looked like liquid dripping in all directions to me and, i thought, very effective. i have one of those bernina machines that does hundreds of different kinds of stitches but i rarely use those stitches or the machine for that matter. it does come in handy sometimes when i need to do something fancy and quickly. i bought it used but still it was quite expensive. thank you for sharing. i so enjoyed this video.

Elizabeth said...

Two things we have in common: a plaster on our finger and not being friends with a sewingmachine :)).

Really liked the video and I think your girls are extremely lucky to have you as their teacher.

Rachel said...

Better to watch something informative than just sit watching any old thing, though!

Coach Tina said...

I really enjoyed your book and the memories you shared with us. I have a bernina also and love it. I don't use it for quilting or fancy embroidery. I like it for fashion sewing.

Thanks again for sharing your special talents and your special books!

Mary said...

Thank you so much for sharing your sketchbooks! As a stitcher, I really enjoy seeing your work and your artistic take on the work. As a teacher, I really like seeing other approaches to the workbook and exercise concepts. As a non-painter, I drool over your sketches and watercolors!

I still have my workbooks from college, and do look at them on occasion. Glad you saved and shared them!