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, March 3, 2012

cover girl.....




I'm afraid secrecy is still required with some aspects of the pieces of work I am embellishing at the moment...I really can't let you see things that my girls haven't see yet...and today I am so happy that even though class doesn't start until Monday we already have a picture in our flickr group so please get over there and have a look at the one single image that means so much to me.
I am happy to tell you too that I can now share my exciting news!! The image below is of the cover of a new book that comes out in July of this year.....and the cover girl?? Me!! Yes that is my embroidery on the front, my cutwork, my toil...eat your heart out Playboy!! The book is by Acturus Publishing.....they asked for a number of my images, high res,  ages ago and to be honest I wouldn't have picked the one they are using, I feel there were better ones but hey...that's why I'm not a publisher I guess so not complaining here, my name will be in there...


Now I'm off to salivate over on flickr, drink some coffee and tip tap away on here with mail and stuff. Have  great weekend!!

23 comments:

Laura Jane said...

HOW perfectly EXCITING!!
Can't wait to get my HANDS on this one in the summer.
CONGRATULATIONS!!

Bea said...

Joyful happy news:) I like it. So inspiring to see where your talent brings you, together with all your dedicated work of course. Wish you a nice weekend.
Beate

deanna7trees said...

fantastic. i think they picked an eye catching example of your embroidery. great news.

Rachel said...

Congratulations, cover girl!

Iceni UK said...

Congratulations Karen. A beuatiful cover embroidery to show and to inspire.
Big hugs :)

Boxoftrix said...

Wow this is fantastic news Karen, well done!!! and I so would pic that picture is one of my favourites pieces of yours :) you must be so pleased....cover girl indeed! Yvonne x

Sara Crittenden Coppedge said...

How wonderful. It is so much fun to see your work in a different way. I would certainly want to read the book! Congratulations.

helena frontini said...

Fantastic!!! You know, I'm so glad for you!!! Kisses, kisses.

jill said...

well done mrs

Elizabeth said...

Congratulations Karen, this is really fantastic news.

Thanks for linking to your girls flickr-account. Why? Answer: BLUE!

HIHI, have a great weekend and lots of fun with your needle.

Dolores said...

How Wonderful!! A huge congratulations. It is a beautiful piece of work and shows so much variety in the stitches. Perhaps that's why they used it.

Carol Q said...

sounds like excitement all round at the moment Karen. how exciting to be on the front cover and even though you may have moved on it's still a fabulous and intriguing image that makes you think... "oooh, I'd like to try that!"

Miss 376 said...

Congratulations, it would have been a hard choice

Linda Carole Bloom said...

Congrats Karen!!! Weeeeeeeeee! I'm finally posting about my third section today.

Coach Tina said...

WOW, I knew you were amazing-now cover girl! You go girl-this is fantasic.

Jeannie said...

Congratulations!!! I hope I will be able to get this book in the states, it looks wonderful. Celebrate!!!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Very very huge congratulatory hugs heading your way!! (See?? I keep telling you that you ought to do a book - being a cover girl just adds fuel to my fire).

stitchinglife said...

Wowee... how exciting! Congratulations :-) xx

Lois Evensen said...

Such lovely leaves. I enjoy watching all the wonderful things you do and make. :)

Happy Sunday,
Lois

**EYE-SNACKS** said...

Karen,Karen..I'm so happy for you! How excited...congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!

xxxIngrid

underatopazsky said...

What a wonderful feeling it must be to see your work on the cover of a book! Congratulations!!

Peggy Holt said...

Congratulations, Karen....What an honor. I will have to watch for it here in the good ole U S of A....

Are there more examples of your work inside?

Postcards from Wildwood said...

Congratulations Karen!
x