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 17, 2012

sampling......



It's beginning to look like a sampler factory round here....the pile is growing and there are more that I can't show you yet. (and I apologise for the tacking stitches which I have just seen in here....oops!!) It feels as if it has been ages since I had time to create samples...all these are for the class and I am more happy then I can tell you about my little collection...I am going to put them in a book, a little stitch in each corner to hold them. I may even make a book especially for them. They are so, so precious they deserve a special book....



17 comments:

deanna7trees said...

lovely. i still don't see the tacking stitches...

Rachel said...

Lovely to see the bright colours clouded by the stitched fabric over the top.

Barbara said...

Your samples are so beautiful Karen.

fabriquefantastique said...

what tacking stitches? perhaps you should just leave them in...

Anni - Fabric and Mixed Media Art said...

Very very beautiful Karen, a book will be perfect for all these little samples, have a nice sunday.
Anni

ersi marina said...

I am admiring your samples, all starry-eyed and gaping at your... tacking stitches? Where on earth are they?

Peggy Holt said...

"Fragile" is the perfect description of these pieces. I think you need to make a special book for them from fabric!

Miss 376 said...

A stunning piece

Elizabeth said...

you are so right, they are special and they deserve to be kept in a book of their own.

Enjoy the weekend.

Jeannie said...

Beautiful! I don't see tacking stitches, so you have hidden them well. I love your portrait on the previous post. I want to embroider a photo of a friend's daughter and grandson and getting started is the hardest part! Wishing you a beautiful weekend.

Doreen G said...

I can see one tacking stitch but if you hadnt mentioned it I wouldn't have gone searching for them.
Beautiful work as usual.

jill said...

mmm I just enlarged these pictures to be the only one to find the tacking stitches, is this like a wheres wally competition as i also can't see any.
They are very beautiful though

liniecat said...

Beautiful! Like an ornate cuff from a long past ladys dress. Wouldnt it look neat with a light shining thru it, like a dressy wedding tea light!

Lynda said...

I agree with Doreen, if you hadn't mentioned the tacking stitch I wouldn't have noticed it. We're all guilty of being our worst critics. A beautiful piece nonotheless. A "Fragile" book full of samples....yummy!

Jacky said...

So delicate and that lovely hint of colour coming through.
What a treasure that little sample book will be.
Jacky xox

Robyn A said...

Yes, a special book for exquisite work. I am in awe and as Deanna said, what tacking stitches? All we see is these wondrous frothy confections of meticulous stitching. And by the way, I thought your self=portrait was great. Isn't it fascinating how we all worry about how our work will be received because we are so close to it and yet others never see the flaws (not that there are any in your work).

Magpie's Mumblings said...

What tacking stitches? I don't see any. These little samplings are exquisite pieces of art in and of themselves.