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, May 9, 2012

back to white





Wow! Thanks for the reaction to my sugary post yesterday.....might be more of that tomorrow...meantime I have been home to white. White padded applique, white bullion knots, white French knots, all damp stretched and glorious. I think the third picture down is my favourite, it sums this piece up really. This is the third section of my cloth. By my reckoning I need at least six so white will continue along with occasional (short lived) forays into other stuff. I am making this cloth with the girls in my current embroidery class. I never tire of white, if I ran 50 white classes and as a result accumulated 50 white cloths it wouldn't be a problem....it would be a bonus.

12 comments:

Miss 376 said...

The bullion knots around the padded bits are perfect

Barbara said...

The new white work with padded appliqué and bullion knots is wonderful Karen - I love it :)
x

deanna7trees said...

loving the scallops and placement of the rouleau loops today. just remembered a bag of old family linens i had stored. needs investigating.

Coach Tina said...

Beautiful-I really like the padded applique and the bullion knots-I must add that to my current work!

Thanks as always for the inspiration.

Sara Crittenden Coppedge said...

I am homesick for class!

Elizabeth said...

You are so funny, just love to read about your white, :))

Thanks for your very early best wishes and I will remember them when the day arrives, :))))))

have fun tonight with your gorgeous white cloth.

Rachel said...

White certainl shows up all the details of changing light and texture!

barbara l. hale said...

Digging the color from yesterday...loving the white today. Well, I guess whatever you do is pretty much a hit in my book. I am jealous of your abilities plainly. lol.

Suztats said...

I love the look of your 'floral spray'! Delish!

Yvonne Moxon said...

Your 'white' work is always so beautiful, all your work is! you arethe master of white Karan! but those sugary circles yesterday were very sweet ans make me want to do french knots... while Im supposed to be painting!
PS. I like those bullion surounded puffs very nice indeed.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Puffs with bullion edges - sublime!

Liza said...

the plian white fabric for the padded applique look so effective