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







sketchbook pages

Welcome to my sketchbook/design page. I will add to this page as and when I do more drawing and design. On here are new works and older designs. There are also a lot of pictures here,

***please note, these pieces are itended as use for inspiration only. Copying of this work will infringe my copyright***













13 comments:

JP said...

thanks so much for sharing these - I just love looking at other people's sketch books

Elizabeth said...

Seriously good stuff to look at. My sketchbooks don't look so glamouros.

stitchinglife2 said...

Marvellous! What a visual treat.

Tammie Lee said...

you have such a beautiful style in your sketch books!

jill said...

Absolutely stunning, don't ever give up doing sketchbooks. these are mouthwatering

meandering pearl said...

i love this so!!! would you mind if i borrow that photo with the quote about why the women made quilts to put on a bouquet of dreams? how i love it!!!

loveliest of thoughts

Claire said...

these are wonderful!! some of the florals remind me of some gudrun sjoden's... gorgeous!!

Sara Lechner said...

I absolutely love the blue ones that look like toile de jouy!

Lynda Howells said...

love all your work, embroidery,books etc....following and subscribed! Lynda x
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Tsering said...

Thank you for sharing you're sketch book ,it's very inspiring to see an artists journey tastingcole@yahoo.co.uk

Dee said...

how wonderful to have a peek behind the scenes... your sketchbooks are absolutely wonderful -- I'm struck by how much color shows up on the pages!!

Snapdragon said...

Love the box pleats (?) gorgeous, and all the french knots, especially the picture of them mixed with the satin stitch boxes in the pastel tones. Wonderful work, love the idea of a sketchbook too :)

stitcheranon said...

HI, I am recovering from breast cancer and in a fit of wanting to do new things, have decided to go for a part time art degree simply because of the fun I get from art. I have been watching some of sketchbooks develop here in blogland and as I have to develop a portfolio for my application, would love to have a go. Sadly I missed the course start, so I was wondering if you would be running it again or if I could join now? I am a novice though I do stitch a lot, cross stitch, quilting etc and love the use of textures with colours. I hope you dont mine me asking on your blog. My email addy is stitcheranon@yahoo.co.uk