During the last few days I’ve also been putting together some really tiny fragments of fabric, layering them onto some old calico that came from the body of our old settee before it retired from useful duty.

These are about 5″ or so square. I think I’m calling them ‘cloth poems’, referring to the scraps of text that came from an old poetry anthology. There might be more of these. I’m thinking a slightly smaller version might make nice greetings cards or bookmarks, and I’m also thinking about providing kits – putting together a little collection of scraps that people might make up into something on their own. Not immediately, though. I have too many other things to do and think about right now. But it’s good to have an idea or two on the shelf, ready for action when its time comes around.

A few whispered words and a few thoughts; a few pieces of old cloth and a few stitches, and sometimes that’s enough.

And sometimes – most times, I find – cloth and stitch says something in a way that words just can’t.

I’m now taking a short break and will be back next week some time.

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18 Responses to fragments

  1. Connie Rose says:

    These are sweet and inspiring. Have a good week!

  2. Jude Whaites says:

    Love the textures, stitch and words, quite beautiful. Enjoy your break.

  3. when l put words and cloth together, quite often l see a different meaning appear than l had intended. My small cloths seen to take on a life of their own…as yours appear to do. x lynda

    • Karen Turner says:

      Every cloth has a life of its own in the end, I find. An interesting idea. At what point does a handful of fabrics become a cloth…?

  4. serenapotter says:

    will miss you.
    these are beautiful karen!

  5. helen salo says:

    These are great! I would definately get a couple kits if you put them together great gifts to stitch!
    enjoy your time!!

  6. blandina says:

    Your fragments wisper into my ear words of serenity and beauty.
    They are little islands of peace.

  7. Rachel says:

    Enjoy your break. You’ve created some delightful pieces!

  8. So lovely. Looks like making them would be meditative.

  9. deb says:

    Beautiful! What a lovely idea.

  10. Cathy says:

    You are so right: cloth and stitch do speak in a way that words don’t. Very delicate work and a lovely post.

  11. you work is always unique and inspiring. sometimes when we make small pieces their beauty is emphasized. tiny treasures.

  12. Bea says:

    These are beautiful. I like the idea of kits – an easy way into cloth making and a confidence booster for people like me who are reluctant to make a start.

    Enjoy your break – hope it’s a good time for you. x

  13. karen says:

    these are beautiful, so very precious….

  14. Janice says:

    These are just beautiful, Karen. Who would have thought the tiny scraps that usually would just be thrown away could come together in something so lovely! Enjoy your break. x

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