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, March 26, 2012

hoops (2)

More hoops, more sampling, lots of embroidery and a plan. Yes I have a plan for all these samples. It may take a while but Rome wasn't built in a day. I am in danger of creating the biggest Portfolio of work known to man......that's good.. it will spend its life in a cupboard but never mind...I will know it's there. I feel so much sympathy for the person who has to go through my cupboards when that day comes, (OK it will be my kids, sorry kids) and by the way...it shouldn't happen for at least 50 more years so more chance to add to the cupboards. Where am I going with this train of thought? Haven't a clue, I'm rambling...sorry!
You won't be surprised to hear that I have nothing exciting to tell you...no...I have spent the weekend embroidering and very little else. I haven't been out anywhere except to the shed on occasion, oh and this morning I popped to the Post Office to order Euro's for my little boy who is going to Amsterdam for his birthday (April 9...I may show you a photo on the day) . So that's the sum total of excitement at Ruane Manor....embroidery and Euro's........jealous?

12 comments:

Miss 376 said...

Sounds perfect

ersi marina said...

I have a very exciting piece of news! I just subscribed to your course :))) Can't wait to get the instructions and start stitching. 'See' you soon, Karen!

Joanna said...

My kids will have just the same problems with clearing out my cupboards, only they have to go to a different country to do it, since I'm in Latvia and two are in England and one in Australia.

deanna7trees said...

no kids here. don't know who will clean out my cupboards but i'm not worrying about it.

jude said...

ha, no. rome wasn't built in a day.

Rachel said...

Your kids will enjoy being reminded of all your talent and hard work, I'm sure.

But really, it shouldn't happen for years, so don't worry about it!

Patty said...

Oh my, I had the same thought today about all the little fabric pictures I make. I agree, the joy is in the making.

stitchinglife said...

Irreplaceable time; time well spent.

Robyn A said...

You could turn it into a book - I mean a published book. Your work is so beautiful and more people could learn how to do this and you would have the book for your kids and donate the samples to the Embroiderers' Guild Museum. There, all problems solved.

Postcards from Wildwood said...

You should also have stocked up on stamps at the post office ... 1st class 60p and 2nd class 50p from 1st April! I remember when it cost 2p to send a letter, and I am not so very old.....

Anyway, back to samples. You started out by saying you have a plan, so perhaps if all comes to fruition you won't be leaving the largest collection of samples in the world. Maybe they will have been put to good use. In the meantime, I adore this, with the colours peeping through the muslin.

Hope you are enjoying the sunshine.

Boxoftrix said...

Yes you should have enough for 3 books by now! and what a perfect way to spend the day....every day! beautiful work as always x

Magpie's Mumblings said...

AHA - see? I'm not the only one that thinks you should be working on a bookbook of the published sort! Thanks for backing me up Robyn!