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







Wednesday, March 7, 2012

practice....



My brain hurt last night...proper hurt.


hurtpast participle, past tense of hurt

Verb:
Cause physical pain or injury to: "Ow! You're hurting me!"

well at times like that what is required is a little ''no brain function necessary'' stitching. So I did some French knots....just a little sample for my sketchbook with a tiny bit of needle weaving thrown in at the top of the page and some running stitch securing a blue edge. Practising just in case I forget how to do them...
My brain no longer hurts....let's prescribe French Knots on the NHS.





(the font is all messed up because I added a quote....c'est la vie)

17 comments:

Dolores said...

Thanks for the chuckle Karen. It's early morning here and I really had to look for your tiny bit of needle weaving. I like your little piece and I'm glad your brain doesn't hurt anymore. I switch up my hand work so I don't get bored (cross stitch, knitting, quilting.) I have been known to make mistakes and then I get frustrated. I know it doesn't happen to you.

Miss 376 said...

I'm going to try the french knots now, my brain needs all the help it can get today!

deanna7trees said...

good reason for a beautiful sample. i was french knotting last night on my scrim. it takes a while to fill up the space but love the way it looks.

Suztats said...

That's a yummy sample!

Coach Tina said...

Love the sample! I am a huge fan of yellow and blue together and this is beautiful. Hope your brain is all better!

Rosa said...

I want to make samples like yours! They are so delicate and lovely:-)
I'm addicted to ''no brain function necessary'' stitching" - so such a sample will never be made by me. It would make MY muddy brain hurt too much.
Luckyly for me I can look and drool instead:-)

Tammie Lee said...

oh! how wonderful.

lilipopo said...

Oh your beautiful stitching in little books! Just perfect. Sorry about the brain ache but at least it proves you have one hey?!
xx

sharon young said...

Oh yes lets do that, they're sooo...... therapeutic, lovely little bit of "practice"

Rachel said...

Speaking for myself, not necessarily French Knots, but pretty much all stitching helps, anyway!

Boxoftrix said...

Here! Here! on the french knots, couldnt live without them.

Robyn A said...

Such lovely blousy french knots, the sampler is exquisite. Seriously Karen, I have only just started following your blog and your work leaves me gobsmacked. It is soooo beautiful. Thank you for putting such glorious things out into the world.

meandering pearl said...

it is my souls respite, to visit you :)

all the precious things

meandering_pearl@hotmail.com

jill said...

Seems like a food plan and the sketchbook and stitching are beautiful

Magpie's Mumblings said...

There's nothing better than stitching for a hurting brain - that, and a cup of tea.

Tatkis said...

Your sketchbook is adorable!
Hope your are feeling better!

Hugs,
Tatyana

earthenmagic said...

...love it! ~ how sO very sweet! ~ gorgeousness to the max! ~ blessed be!...
...xXx...