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, March 25, 2016

Wrapping cloth

Did you think I wasn't coming today? I doubted it myself to be honest after spending most of last night in Accident and Emergency with someone who fell from a great height but thankfully has done no seriously serious damage but who is now hobbling about on crutches.....and no, it wasn't me.
Anyway.....a Wrapping Cloth.
''The wrapping cloth series evolved from my research into Motherhood and these pieces serve as a tribute to women who throughout time have used cloth as a tool of comfort for their families.''
(I wrote this quote many years ago, long before I began this piece which was also started a long time ago.)
This particular wrapping cloth was created in an online class three years ago at least and may look familiar to some of you. Yesterday it lay unfinished, with uneven edges, the plan having been to add to it to make it bigger. With France in mind, with filling space in France in mind I decided to square it off, to damp stretch it, to cut off the ''sticky out bits'',  back it and take it to France with me. It won't be for sale, this is another ''keeper'' it will be for display and as I said, a space filler. The offcuts? They will find their way into little goody bags of cloth, puffs and buttons.....
Since I removed it from the damp stretching board earlier I am desperate to back it, to finish the edges, to titivate some more....that way I can fondle it to my hearts content.
There is cross stitch, applique, many, many layers of lace and edges which form little, unexpected's a delight. I am so happy I rescued it from a life of languishing in an 'unfinished'' pile.
(it measures 20 x 34 inches. 50 x 86 cm)
In case you missed it new class Stitching a Story. 
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