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, April 14, 2012

bound and stretched




I know it sounds like some kind of Medieval torture and not embroidery but 'bound' and 'stretched' are common words in my embroidery vocabulary. The lace cloth is stretched......... stretched, cut out and actually now applied to another piece of work. (will show you that another time) The white embroidered piece is now bound at the edges...more pictures of that process here.



I absolutely love binding edges...I love all aspects of stitch as you probably guessed so what's special about this? I suppose I don't love it more than anything else but I do adore the neatness of this edge...the finality of it, the crispness. Now I am tying myself in knots or at least I will do If I don't stop because I don't love it more than the edge on the wrapped piece above.....
OK Karen, button it and go.....you definitely are losing the plot.....happy Saturday!

9 comments:

Miss 376 said...

The wrapped scrim piece has is as beautiful as I thought it would be, can't wait to see it in place

deanna7trees said...

yes. the neatness of the edge appeals to me as well.

Carol Q said...

how beautiful your stitched scrim is Karen. it's evolved into something so much more...

Elizabeth said...

It looks so fragile but very beautiful.

Enjoy your saturday.

Jeannie said...

The scrim lace is so beautiful. If I was a butterfly, I would come live in it! Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

Lynda said...

Stunning pieces of work yet again. I really enjoy the passion you have for embroidery...it's contagious AND inspiring.

sharon young said...

How lovely to see how you finish a piece, and what a lovely quality finish, superb.

Rachel said...

Looking lovely - fragile and strong at the same time!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

So so fragile in looks - absolutely stunning work Karen (as always).