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, March 17, 2018

Create and online class

to evolve from one's own thought or imagination, as a work of art or an invention

My next online learning class....froth, white, layers, lace.......
Create and embellish.....twelve weeks centred upon the creation of delicate. fragile surfaces which will then be enhanced with hand stitch. Designed and produced using lace, delicate papers and finely woven cloth these surfaces will be enhanced with hand embroidery and used to produce soft panels of embellished cloth, pages for ledgers/artist books and hand embroidered buttons.
Techniques used during this programme will include basic machine stitch, simple free machine embroidery and hand embroidery.
It is hoped that at the end of our twelve weeks of study and sampling you will have the skills to create your own unique surfaces for hand stitch along with a small collection of delicate cloth pieces. In addition you should also have a small collection of complimentary hand embroidered buttons for use as adornments or fastenings.
As you have unlimited access to all resources provided during this course there is no need to 'keep up''. There are no 'set tasks' for those participating. Follow along at your own pace or merely observe and use techniques demonstrated in future work. There is no obligation on you to produce anything. You are not required to copy me or even work on pieces similar to those I am working on. Just pull up a chair, relax, observe, take from this class what you wish. My only hope is that you have fun.
You can read more and register here

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