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







Monday, April 21, 2014

Moving back.....and a gingham pocket pillow.












Well, who knew I would be back here? It's temporary, I think. There are issues at my new place and I can't bear to be disconnected. How many people will come here and see this? Haven't a clue. There are no familiar stat records here....I shall just close my eyes and hold on tight, hoping that a few friends will stop by. Perhaps if you leave a comment, just say hi, I will get an idea that way? I'm not sure how long I will stay here, it's bit musty, could do with a good clean, an airing, there's no kettle never mind cake. Everything is over at the new place, the links for classes, the link for the shop, the link for the new Alchemy.
I am consoling myself with gingham, a new pillow pocket thingy. It's almost finished much to my amazement, a few more pointy things, a couple of applique bumps, a back, a pocket, a final titivation.....watch this space....or maybe the other space...I'm kind of homeless at the moment.

Alchemy link (because don't forget this is coming out of the shop later this week as I'm off to London, visiting fabric shops, eating cake, generally being very self indulgent!

32 comments:

Jane Galley said...

It's a bit like visiting an old friend coming over here :) Loving these pockets. Don't stress about the blog, have fun with you needle and thread

Iceni UK said...

Hi Karen, thanks for the emails...your pillow is beautiful, love the pink and yellow, they go so well together.
Wishing you a lovely Easter Monday, it's very hot here and I've been buying at the garden centre.....:)

Jillayne said...

Happy Easter to you! I love your pocket pillow Karen - it's so wonderfully textured and colourful... Thanks also for the reminder about Alchemy - I'll be registering first thing tomorrow, Typepad willing, that is!

Louise Elsiemayandbertha said...

Since yesterday's post, I've been nosing around here anyway. It's a fabulous resource, Karen.
I'm loving the pink gingham too♡

Rose said...

Hi Karen,
I pop in here every now and then. I did finally get your other blog site to work yesterday but I'm willing to track you down wherever you are. You can't hide from me!
As usual your work is lovely!

Judy Warner said...

Hi Karen
Glad to have your emails and find this post. I am on the road and feeling a bit disconnected so this is just the thing to help me. Love the colors and the techniques in this pillow!

deanna7trees said...

so you see that we find you no matter where you are. such a happy little pillow here. stay calm. it will all work out. i like that i have a place to click here to receive follow up comments. can't do that on typepad.

FredaB said...

Hi Karen - I found you actually in both places.

I am back working on my Ledger class and I see here is where it ends. I will spend some time going back over this blog and reviewing.

Hugs
FredaB

BumbleVee said...

No kettle? and, worse yet, no cake? brother......

hahahah...never mind then, I'll just enjoy your gingham and let you know, I was one having difficulty getting onto the type pad site....but, I did figure it was just some glitch. After two days of not being able to open a few sites that I noticed were type pad addresses...I figured something was amiss...but, last night...there they were once again.......

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I sat down this morning to do a grand catch up on all things Karen and skidded to a screeching halt when I realized that not only could I not read any of the comments on past posts, but I couldn't make one either. Horrors! Part of the fun of seeing your posts is to get to read the comments too. Wonder if Typepad is affected by that grandiose virus that everybody was rabbiting on about over the last week or so? Anyway....I'm here, I read all the posts, I wanted to comment, I drooled and wishful thought. Still working on #1 of 2 secret projects that I can't even begin to show even a corner of online.

Beacee said...

Hello!

Annet said...

Lovely colours and stitches!

Tammie Lee said...

absolutely lovely

sorry to hear your are having troubles with your other site! ugh.

Ginny Huber said...

And, here is a comment from me..the stitcher wannabe! Sorry about Typepad..(others also are having trouble)..always enjoy seeing what you are up to even with no cake!

Wendy said...

Hi Karen, so glad you sent out an email to let me know you were here! Lovely little pillow pocket you have made here...this is such a sweet one with all that pink...

Suztats said...

Wow, pink and orange gingham together! Very sunshiny and sweet, and protuberating all over the place wanting to be noticed!

Sara Crittenden Coppedge said...

No problem coming to see you here. Love all the Easter colors. Hope typepad comes on soon, but meanwhile, you can't get away. We will find you......

Christine said...

How nice to visit an old stomping ground. I may stretch my legs now I'm here and take a little stroll around... visit old friends, coo over past delights. But before I go may i say how lovely your gingham is looking... and how appropriate to be showing it here. I believe there are other lovely gingham items from the past to be sought out on this site also.

Elizabeth Ingraham said...

Hah! I was here too looking for your articles.

Karen, you are the needle and we are the thread. Well follow you anywhere!

Kirsty said...

Just saying hello! Loving the gingham x

Mo Crow said...

Hi Karen, Gosh, Typepad is being such a cranky beast of late, just another one of those funny things that happens in the cyber sea & keeps us dancin'

epocktextiles said...

Luckily we are all experts at finding treasures after easter

henrietta (aka ani aka zani) said...

Leicester here too. Been busy but I heard there was cake coming soon.

Mary said...

oh, Karen. such beautiful little fell stitches holding down that pink and white ribbon. Yum.

and two little gingham "kitties"! Lovely...

sharon young said...

Doesn't matter where you are, looks like we all manage to fond you :-) it was a nice surprise to look at the previous post and see where you were then, it's interesting to see how you've pushed the colours since then, from just accents to full on :-)
Hope you sort it soon.

Elizabeth said...

Hej Karen
It was really easy to find your old place again especially since I love to visit here now and than :) .... love your happy colours ... enjoy your time in London .... happy shopping! :))

Flaming Nora said...

Damn modern technology and all the stupid stresses it brings to us! Thank goodness you have a back up plan, dusty and cakeless though it may be!

Rachel said...

It's gorgeous - quite makes up for the lack of tea!!

Anneliese said...

Hi Karen, just to tell you that I am here - I love this well known gingham thingy - much happened on it.

Margaret said...

Hi Karen
Thank you for the emails and yes it seems you have been followed back to here

Margaret said...

Hi Karen
Thank you for the emails and yes it seems you have been followed back to here

Mary Addison said...

I have just found your blog and I love your whitework embroidery and reading what you've written. I think seeing other people's work is so inspiring. I do whitework, although of a more traditional and less free variety than yours - I make whitework monograms for wedding presents of which I need quite a few as my husband is a vicar. I'd be delighted if you'd take a look at my blog http://www.addisonembroideryatthevicarage.co.uk .
with best wishes for continued enjoyment of sewing,
Mary Addison