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

Friday, February 26, 2016


We still have pins, we still have tacking stitches and we don't yet have a lining but what we do have is a boned lower edge, a hand stitched reverse and a couple of decorative lengths of silk ribbon. It's almost finished.......the white hankie pocket being made in class. This is one of those pieces I am going to struggle to part with. You can't keep everything Karen I keep repeating to myself, after all....I'm keeping this one and how many pockets does one girl need. (haven't we heard that before about pin pillows??)

(just to remind you.....this is how this piece looked last time you saw it)

Reinventing the page. Monday March 7.

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