Shadows pass

I’ve been working on this little cloth for the past few days:

The backing is a very old linen cloth with a hand-worked edging – it’s either very fine crochet or needle-lace, I can’t tell which. The worked area in the middle is made from small pieces from my scraps box, layered and stitched boro-style, with a little piece of hand-stitched patchwork applied in the centre.

I laid a little piece of tea-dyed dress net over one of the patches and then the thought struck me that I could tuck a little scrap of text underneath it before stitching around the edges:

The text is from an old poetry anthology. And so the cloth got its name:

Shadows pass softly through.

It’s very soft, and very quiet.

I like soft and quiet.

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14 Responses to Shadows pass

  1. Jill says:

    so very beautiful and so very quiet – perfect

  2. Elizabeth says:

    It is a gorgeous piece, well done!

  3. suzy says:

    Simply beautiful and understated!

  4. Rachel says:

    It is indeed soft and quiet. Lovely!

    If you can take a close-up of the edging, one of your readers might recognise the technique…

  5. arlee says:

    definitely a form of needlelace–and soft your ghost touch with the needles on this–lovely

  6. Connie Rose says:

    Lovely and beautiful!

  7. Jennie says:

    So lovely Karen x

  8. Penny says:

    You gather such peace around you with your stitching. This is a beautiful, soft, peaceful stitchery.

  9. annie! says:

    And peaceful…don’t forget peaceful.

  10. Caroline says:

    So beautiful and yes, soft and quiet and in the moment as clouds pass by; a beautiful meditation.

  11. Karen Turner says:

    Thank you 🙂
    This one will find its way into the shop over the next few days. In the meantime I’m making another version, very similar, which will be a special gift.

  12. tina says:

    oh, thats really lovely–and peacefull…

  13. Janice says:

    Hi Karen, My! What a lot of work you’ve been doing while I haven’t been able to visit! And all of it gorgeous. I love this – the colours, design and the poetic reference which fits perfectly.

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