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







Sunday, May 13, 2012

playing some more....




I am spending hours with white which I love and I have to say...struggle to put down...and occasionally I have a colour break, looking, sampling and thinking. This is from yesterdays colour and pattern hour. New samples, older samples, pretty paper plates that were bought to never be used....as plates anyway. Recent sketchbooks, older sketchbooks. My house is a tip. I am hoping this will all come together, a kind of blinding revelation moment...I wait, I hope....
oh and I bought some new water colour paint yesterday.....



p.s. I haven't mentioned Mothers Day...it isn't Mothers day In England, we have it in March...but Happy Mothers day if it is indeed Mothers Day where you are!


17 comments:

Miss 376 said...

yummy! And wonderful hexagons to top it all off

ersi marina said...

Happy Mother's Day, Karen!

Carol Q said...

beautiful, gorgeous samples Karen.

Jacky said...

Hi Karen, I love your whitework too, but am always excited when I see these splashes of colour in your work.
Gorgeous samples!

Jacky xox

deanna7trees said...

i was thinking to myself...what beautiful china...and then i read 'paper plates'. love the hexagons.

henrietta (aka ani aka zani) said...

your sketch books are always such a peek into your thoughts...such inspiration. cheers.

Suztats said...

Love those french knots! Perfect spring colours, too!

Lois Evensen said...

The colors are gorgeous as is all of your work. Thanks for the Mothers Day greetings. Happy Mothers Day (although late) to you, too. :)

Hugs,
Lois

Elizabeth said...

So much colour is soooo unlike you though it is pretty.

Enjoy your sunday and play some more on mondaymorning, :))

Coach Tina said...

Karen-love the escape to color once and a while.

Hope you have a great Sunday. It is Mother's day here and I am off to coach soon.

ENJOY and thanks as always for sharing.

stitchinglife said...

I wonder why Mother's Day is different here and overseas... Loving these colours and patterns.

Iceni UK said...

super colours Karen.
I love the white hexagons and the way you have stitched them.
Happy stitching in which ever colour you are using... :)
hugs.

Karen M said...

While I love your white work the subtle colours you've added is so pretty!

Barbara said...

I love all the samples with the hints of pastel colours. So, so beautiful :)
x

Rachel said...

You create such wonderful effects with white, and it is lovely to see the same techniques applied to those soft pastel colours.

MYSAVIOR said...

I LOVE the colors - gorgeous.

♥♥♥
Sue

Postcards from Wildwood said...

My! You have been busy. Just flipping back through your recent posts. You're back to a one-a-day habit, I see. :) These colours and patterns are so lovely, but then the white in the posts below is delightful too....