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







Thursday, June 28, 2012

the final piece.....






The final section is now finished, titivated and embroidered...completely finished....not almost finished, not nearly there...actually there, it has arrived. This now has to be added to the cloth along with my long, narrow pocket and the backing process can begin. I am SO excited. I have puffs for the edge, lovely white puffs....I am hoping all this will happen over the weekend. I can't do it today, I am working on ledgers. I can't do it tomorrow as I have the dreaded Friday big shop and then a visitor in the evening who will eat with us...yikes!!! You do realise that this will mean I have to venture into the kitchen to make more than a coffee?Touch an appliance other than a kettle? I think I need a lie down......



7 comments:

Miss 376 said...

I am really looking forward to seeing the finishing touches to the edges on this cloth, it is beautiful

Rachel said...

Such a restful contrast with what I've been doing today - lovely to see light pouring across your subtle textures!

Iceni UK said...

Karen, this truly exquisite. emotions run high when I see your work, it's so beautiful....

KippysSoMature said...

hooray! me too - I am so excited just seeing the lovely photos ! it is as though I am participating in the work - wonderful!
not even having to venture into the kitchen can steal the joy :)

Wichcraft said...

Yet another stunning piece!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Definitely lie down (no, on second though...recline, and then you can still stitch) and then order in! As for the wondrous white - oh to be able to touch and feel and spend hours paying rapt attention to all the details. You do realize of course that someday your work will be in museums?

Barbara said...

All the pictures are truly inspiring and beautiful.....I must do this course!!! :)