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







Sunday, February 28, 2016

hankies, embroidery, ribbon, boning...a pocket







This is finished....when you saw it last it wasn't lined and it wasn't stuffed with wadding which is there to ensure it holds it's shape until I make a decision on what to do with it. I tried to photograph it standing up, which it does easily because of the boned lower edge. Getting a good image of that is a completely different matter though. 
It's 15 inches tall (38 cm) . It's lined with Broderie Anglaise onto which I have stitched strips of silk Habotai and metallic silk tissue. You can just about make that out in the last image.
There are two more pockets in progress here.....smaller, flatter, no boning. You will see those just as soon as I get my fingers in gear and stitch.
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