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, July 14, 2012

complete white...












late, late, late, everything is late today. I was late for school, my blog is late, my lunch was late...I have a to do list that would scare the Queen.....still, I don't have to go anywhere so it doesn't matter. The only effect my lateness will have on today is the delaying of housework...result!
Anyway...here it is, in it's entirety...my latest white cloth. Lots of images for you to peruse. Tomorrow I venture 'up North' to the industrial, frozen wastelands where everyone wears cloth caps and lives up chimneys and where they don't know what a cow is or a sheep and have never seen the sea..... in order to deliver this. They deserve something lovely in their lives up there.....
(that little paragraph is dedicated to someone who shall remain nameless but who I am convinced actually believes all that rubbish) I am allowed a little sarcasm, it's my blog.
Tomorrow I am going to deliver this and then go to Mothers...you know what that means? ...cake....another result!

19 comments:

deanna7trees said...

wish i could see Aunty's face when this is delivered. it is beyond beautiful.

Miss 376 said...

Delaying of housework is a result indeed! I'm with Deanna, love to see Aunty's face, this is delightful

Corinne Loomer said...

You make me laugh! I love starting my day with your blog! Have fun up north and eat lots of cake. Don't worry about the housework it never goes away for vacation!

henrietta (aka ani aka zani) said...

well, the queen has her list helpers - she just disperses the work - we call them "the help." when i was little they actually still had chimney swipes - they are probably all gone now and have so machine devices for getting a the rubbish...but it was always mysterious to me to see those oddly shaped brushes/sweepers stick up in the back of the lorries. just another little tale from me and dickens!

ersi marina said...

Your One and Only True Aunty is very, very lucky! This cloth is gorgeous, you deserve lots of delicious cake for it!

Postcards from Wildwood said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. Enjoy your day 'Up North'. And the cake.
x

Suztats said...

How gorgeous! Beautiful one-of-a-kind embroidery for a one-and-only-true Aunty!
Be safe as you venture north, and save a slice of cake for me! (ah, well, can't eat it anyways-- I'm off wheat)

debbie eaves said...

very beautiful piece of work. I know finishing it made you feel very good, here's the very deserving pat on the back you spoke about.

FredaB said...

Dear Karen

This is just gorgeous and your aunty will adore it. Does your Mom have a special cake she makes or just regular cake?

Have a safe trip and will look forward to your next post.

Hugs
FredaB

Barbara said...

It's breathtaking beautiful Karen.... lucky aunty will be thrilled to bits and probably weep with joy.
Enjoy your trip 'Oop North' and your cakey :)
x

sarah said...

Swoon! These pictures are so beautiful!

sharon young said...

Wonderful,so much detail, I' sure your auntie will never tire of looking at it, and finding something new and beautiful when she does, it's like little magic secrets that you've woven into it. Have a well deserved cake with Mum.

Linda Carole Bloom said...

It is beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! Have a great trip north, have your cake and eat it too!

Joanna said...

Eeee lass, I think your aunty will be reet pleased with that! (I haven't mixed my Lancashire and Yorkshire have I :oD)

hf said...

So beautiful, sa usual!!!
have a nice week.

Rachel said...

Delightful - love the little puffs!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Lucky Aunty to be on the receiving end of this! If she (cough) doesn't happen to like it, I'm sure there's any number of us that would be very happy to take it off your hands. Enjoy your cake!

Christine B said...

I wish I was your auntie!!.... I can make cake... hint hint!!!! LOL

deemallon said...

such a gorgeous cloth, it would enliven any corner of the globe!!! and, might I add, the sarcasm is a little enlivening, too?