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, May 26, 2012

bullions.....






Remember the video from yesterday? Well I told you I had embroidered, embellished and titivated......oh yes, bullion knots a plenty!! This is a great piece of cloth to just pick up an put down as and when....it distracts me from bad stuff like housework and provides an opportunity for contemplation when I need to think, think of a direction, think of inspiration. I would recommend you all get one of these,  perhaps I will call it a thinking scrap......better therapy than medication.
I have been up since dawn working on my newsletter, working on my new class.....more of this as soon as I get everything ready. How does 'an embroiderers ledger' sound.....?

14 comments:

deanna7trees said...

yes...thinking scraps...i have several of those and pick them up when all else fails to inspire me. most of my thinking scraps are from your classes and i enjoy just adding french knots and bullion stitches. love the stitching you did on yours.

Lois Evensen said...

It all goes together so nicely. Love the dainty flowers, too. :)

Sara Crittenden Coppedge said...

A question Karen--Why do your bullion knots look so fat and mine look like skinney little things? Bigger needle? Thicker thread? Can hardly wait to hear about a new class....

Peggy Holt said...

I was wondering along the same lines as Sara...

I love the idea of an embroiderer's ledger....intriguing. I might be more inclined to play (stitch) more if I didn't impose a finished product goal on myself.

Carol Q said...

love those bullions. they are so alive.

flutterbycrafter said...

Fabulous and I also love those dainty little flowers

Iceni UK said...

Gorgeous knots, the whole piece looks beautiful. I like the sound of an Embroiderers ledger....
happy weekend.

helena frontini said...

I Karen. Good work. Nice weekend.

Elizabeth said...

You work miracles!!!!

Linda Carole Bloom said...

Hi Karen! I tried these bullion knots and something didn't work out - I have to read the directions and try again. I also did some needleweaving. I am starting to join the pieces of my cloth. It's going slow right now because I'm painting my house. Yes, you heard right. I posted about the beginning on my blog. Yesterday, I replaced some glazing putty on one of my leaded glass windows - not hard, just read the directions. The dogs are helping. Love, Linda

Ingrid said...

How beautiful! love seeing the video then the result,thank you for sharing:)

Rachel said...

Those bullions create a wonderful texture!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Thinking scrap - what a wonderful term!

Annelein said...

I love the way you are playing with several cloth and the stitches you put to them!!