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







Monday, June 4, 2012

loops





Bias tubes have been stitched and turned ready for making Rouleau loops...the other loops, the small loops were salvaged from a tatty old blouse. I never throw anything away. They look very much at home tucked under a seam on my new white cloth. I have embroidered more on this section and it needs to be damp stretched now. Thing is, it's quite long and needs my huge damp stretching board. I always find it a nuisance getting that out. It takes up so much room, it's bulky and awkward. I need to get a grip though as I can't really move on until this is stretched so I will bite the bullet.......later.
Meantime I'm going to pin, play, arrange, plan my next section.....then
today...4 pm...let's hear it for Dan the Thief!!
I will be there......

7 comments:

Miss 376 said...

All you need is the pearl buttons, and it will look like the back of my wedding dress

Elizabeth said...

Gorgeous. Have been thinking about your work a lot lately!!! :))

Rachel said...

Sounds like a great day you've got planned!

deanna7trees said...

even the bullions make lovely loops.

Annet said...

I like the small loops! I think I have something similar of my daughters old blouse. Maybe this helps me to start stitching on my blocks again, haven't touched it this weekend!

Christine B said...

Think of the good job done though Karen... not to mention the smugness factor when you put the board away when the job is finished. And whilst the piece is on the board you will be able to enjoy seeing it all laid out. How I'd love to look over your shoulder at it whilst you are pressing it.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

It's amazing what we can salvage for use in our work - those loops are perfect for your cloth.