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 16, 2012

silk and a sketchbook page






The sketchbook page and the embroidery are connected. Can you tell? If you can't then I have failed. The embroidery is inspired by the page...after looking, considering and doodling I came up with padded circular applique, a little needle weaving and some not very well embroidered satin stitch. I find satin stitch really difficult. I wonder why that is. It has always been a stitch I avoid because it never looks right to me, never looks good enough. I don't have a huge desire to master it though or I would persevere and practice. Maybe I should....after I have doodled some more.

8 comments:

fabriquefantastique said...

fabulous doodling, must get out my old sketch book.

Miss 376 said...

I could look at them all afternoon, what a wonderful collection

deanna7trees said...

it all looks grand to me. satin stitch has always been a challenge for me too. i have found that if i outline the section to be satin stitched first with a running stitch and then stitch over those stitches (so that they become hidden), the satin stitches come out better.

crewelwhorled said...

This is so lovely.

Regarding satin stitch: I've been stymied by satin stitch too, and now I use it all the time. For me the key came when I started backstitching all my shapes--and I only use stranded floss, and try to keep it flat instead of twisted. But even with those considerations, doing circles is hard. I actually think yours are looking pretty good.

Lois Evensen said...

Oh, so pretty!

Elizabeth said...

It looks just stunning!!!!

stitchinglife said...

Likewise with satin stitch, a tricky one. Both page and sample are lovely, by the way.

Rachel said...

Well, I believe I see a connection, and I have to agree about satin stitch - it's an absolute pig of a stitch to get perfect!