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, April 4, 2012

sampler....




A little sampler for you today, part of the reason I can't continue with my other piece at the moment. It may be small; but it is very useful. That's because it isn't finished yet, it will be added to, enhanced, embellished. At the moment we have mirrors, French Knots, Bullion Knots and Cross Stitch...who knows what will come next?....wait and see.....
A reminder too that the next Wrapping Cloth Class Embroider, Embellish Create starts soon...you will learn how to do all this (well apart from the mirrors) and much more besides. Embroidery stitches, manipulation of cloth, beautiful edges....it really is a huge and comprehensive package. If you want to read more then just pop over here for all the details.

9 comments:

Tatkis said...

I love those mirror circles!

Hugs,
Tatyana

Miss 376 said...

beautiful

deanna7trees said...

need to go back to square one with bullion knots. they are not turning out right lately. yours are gorgeous.

helena frontini said...

Hi Karen. Always amazing works. xx

Robyn A said...

I would love to do this course Karen but I am starting one with Jude Hill at the end of April, are you planning to do another one later in the year?

Lynda said...

Loving this sampler

Jacky said...

Karen I love those little mirrors. My friend Nat made a cloth using the shiska method (not sure if that is correct) with coins she has collected from her trips around the world.
This little sampler is a real treat and I love the fabric dyeing/designing above!!!!

Jacky xox

Rachel said...

I love the bullion knot embellishment by the mirrors - it looks like a garden border!

Heather Woollove said...

Beautiful work, Karen!
Here's wishing you a lovely weekend and very special Easter holiday!