Monday, November 7, 2011

The Story of the Craftswoman and Seamstress


Wanted :  a needle swift enough to sew this poem into a blanket - Charles Simic

I hope that this week's challenge inspires you as much as it does me.   How often do you regard yourself as a craftswoman or a respectable artisan when you do mending?

Mending by Daniel Ridgway Knight




Needlework can be such a chore at times :




How much friendship and support have you received from your circle of creative women?
The Sewing Circle by Daniel Ridgway Knight

This week I would like to draw inspiration from the humble art of sewing, mending, seamstressing (is there such a word?), knitting and all kinds of needlework.



Where there are needlework, there is art and there are memories and stories to be shared.    Share with us your creations that tells the stories that were sewn into your heart!

www.art-is-you.com


There is such healing power in the making of art and especially in the art of sewing and needlework.  Do you remember the fairytale about the Twelve Swans?

A decoupage by Queen Magrethe of Denmark of the Wild Swan Fairytale
It begins with eleven princes, and their little sister, Elisa. An evil queen turns the brothers into swans (they change back to their true forms only at night) and sends Elisa to live with peasants in the country. After many hazardous adventures Elisa finds her way through the woods to the sea, where she meets up with her brothers. They carry her over the ocean to the country where they live, a place of forests, mountains and castles. As she sleeps, a fairy comes to Elisa in a dream and tells her she can lift the enchantment from her brothers, provided she makes each of them a shirt out of nettles. But she must not speak a word till she has done: if she does, her brothers will die.  She begins the work, but she has only finished one shirt when  the king of the country comes across her while he is hunting. He falls in love with her, takes her back to his castle, gives her ‘regal gowns’ and has her hair ‘braided with pearls’. They marry, and she falls in love with him too, but is determined to press on with her task. The archbishop, however, believes she is a witch. He follows her one night when, having run out of nettles, she goes to a churchyard to collect more. The archbishop accuses her of witchcraft, the king can find no other explanation for her trips to the graveyard, and of course she cannot speak: he declares that the people must decide on her fate. They do – they say she’s a witch and must burn. Still she keeps sewing, still she won’t speak. Just in the nick of time, her brothers appear. She throws the shirts over them, and they are transformed into their real selves.  



And then there is the story of Rimpelstiltskin, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and more!  So there is definitely something very wondrous about the art of sewing, weaving, looming, and knitting!




http://kidsartmarket.blogspot.com/2010/03/sock-monkey-paint-weaving.html


By Angie of Artangel on Etsy.com



Kate Greenway



Whimsical Dress by Maggie

And finally, my own nostalgic musings on the happy memories of needlecraft



Happy creating and a great week!
Hettienne

34 comments:

Magpie said...

Wow, Hettienne, this is one of our most inspiring posts and challenges! LOVE the stories and the photos.

This will be a true (and welcome) challenge for me ~ I have sewed in the past, but have not picked up a needle and thread in years. So I'm looking forward to revisiting an art I have forgotten about :D Thank you!

Grannie Annie said...

Some fantasticly gorgeous examples thanks for looking at mine...

http://thewhimseyasylum.blogspot.com/

New End Studio said...

So many examples, TY! Your shadow box is beautiful and the fairy tales round out this gorgeous post.

Kat W said...

This is so fab because I've been working on an embroidered mandala all week! Hope I can get it finished in time!
Kat Xx

Hettienne said...

Please come and visit my milliner's shop at http://hergracedevata.blogspot.com/2011/11/story-of-craftswoman-and-seamstress.html

Marcia said...

I enjoy knitting and crocheting! How fun... I thought this blog was gone for awhile because I hadn't been getting any updates in my google reader feed.. so weird, because it shows up on my list. I went to go check your blog, and I see there are new challenges.. :)

Marcia said...

Here is my submission: http://marciabeckett.blogspot.com/2011/11/inspiration-avenue-needlework.html

WrightStuff said...

I'd forgotten all about that story of the swans... I used to love that!

Anyway, sewing and me don't mix usually. However, I have stepped out of my comfort zone and made a 'thing'... Make of it what you will...

http://all-the-wright-stuff.blogspot.com/2011/11/getting-around-to-it.html

artangel said...

Ooh I love this theme, very inspiring. I'm going to try my best to submit something this week! Thanks for using my little canvas in the post too Hettienne :) x

Hazel said...

What a lot of gorgeous artwork (Hazel WOYWW #89) x

New End Studio said...

A little whimsy:

http://newendstudio.blogspot.com/2011/11/sing-to-clouds.html

bohemiannie! art said...

Magical post!

L00py's Craft Creations said...

Wow that was inspiring!
Never heard the tale of the 12 swans before, like it!!

Happy WOYWW
Lou #44

Terrie said...

I've had the same problem with not getting the updates through Google Reader even though your name is still there. Maybe you've had some kind of break?

At any rate, I love doing needlework; I love the rhythm that develops with working a pattern.

See my efforts: http://creative-explorer.blogspot.com/2011/11/inspiration-ave-needlework.html

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I had a bit of trouble with this challenge, but that is why they call them challenges. I realize I'm a day earlier than I would normally show my IA challenge entry, but I'm saving Friday for Veterans Day. My challenge entry is here::

http://alteredbooklover.blogspot.com/2011/11/inspiration-avenue-homage-to.html

Craftymoose Crafts said...

This is another beautifully inspiring post. I was taught to sew as a young child by my Seamstress Grandmother so I really enjoyed revisiting those skills.

http://craftymoosecrafts.blogspot.com/2011/11/this-week-at-inspiration-avenue.html

MaggieC said...

Such beautiful and varied work.

VonnyK said...

Hi, This is my first go at the weekly challenge, hope I do it right.
http://vonnykart.blogspot.com/2011/11/inspiration-avenue-weekly-challenge.html

peggy gatto said...

Once again your inspiration is an inspiration!!!
I am sharing some artists' quilts!

http://wwwpeggysamusement.blogspot.com/2011/11/inspiration-ave-seamstress.html

craftydvl said...

My Mom has made many lovely needlepoints, and so this is a challenge that is dear to me <3 I'm injured at present, so not able to sew so well-- but I have presented a card drawing of sewing/kittens/yarn. Hope everyone enjoys (-:

http://craftydvl.blogspot.com/2011/11/inspiration-avenue-needlecraft.html

Glenda T. said...

I don't sew so I made an ATC on the theme, you can see mine here

Kat W said...

Yay, despite a difficult week I'm proud & pleased to say I finished my embroidered mandala! :-))

Here it is:

http://wrightstory.blogspot.com/2011/11/finished-embroidered-mandala-ia.html

Thanks Hettienne
Kat Xx

kirstin mcculloch said...

I was so challenged by this one!

I can't wait to check everyone elses out.

http://kirstinmcculloch.blogspot.com/2011/11/inspiration-avenue.html

Michelle V. Alkerton said...

My October post Soul Journey Quilt completes North American tour seems perfectly suited to this challenge.

I've been taking part in Art Every Day Month and the creativity abounds :).

Stay inspired!

Tracey Fletcher KIng said...

Here it is...
http://traceyfletcherking.blogspot.com

Hettienne said...

Thank you for all the feedback on our blog feed - we are working on the problem but not with much success. If anyone knows about a solution, please let us know.

Yogi said...

here's mine enjoy
http://yogiemp.blogspot.com/2011/11/mc-nove11-double-emboss-thank-you.html

Catharine said...

Here is a little bit of sewing that some may have forgotten! Buttons

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

Whew, this was a VERY challenging challenge!
Here's mine:
http://dragonflydegignstudios.blogspot.com/2011/11/weekly-challenge-at-inspiration-aveue.html

gemma said...

Hi you've got to pick up every stitch. Here is mine:
http://gemmashouse.blogspot.com/2011/11/love-is.html

artangel said...

Loved this challenge Hettienne, thank you. I'd be happy to keep going with the same one for the rest of the year! Here's mine -
http://artangeloriginalart.blogspot.com

priti.lisa said...

This was such a beautifully written challenge, Hettienne. I just had to participate. I hope I made the dead :)


http://pritistudio.blogspot.com/2011/11/this-week-challenge-was-sew.html

Shelinwa said...

wheew I made it by the deadliine before work this morning

Here is mine
www.shelina.blogspot.com

Shelinwa said...

Oops link is not working here it is again
http://shelinwa.blogspot.com/2011/11/story-of-craftswoman-and-seamstress.html

Thanks Bleu for the heads up :)

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