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24 Feb 2011

Pincushions

[Karen Barbé | Textile designer | Embroidered pincushions]

[Karen Barbé | Textile designer | Embroidered pincushions]

[Karen Barbé | Textile designer | Embroidered pincushions]

[Karen Barbé | Textile designer | Embroidered pincushions]


I love when things are born like this.

First, I read about the use of medicinal plants among the Mapuche people and learned how you must give something back to the plant (and its spirit) if you pick part of it. Something like a couple of coins, colour yarns or a piece of weaving. How do you give a weaving to a plant, I wondered. Second, I came across this blog and I was delighted to discover how she left small weavings hanging from trees during her walks. Third, I had to make my own small weavings. Instead of dressing the loom, I just picked a needle and yarn and started with this delicate embroidery (that looks much like a weave.)

What do I do with these small pieces? Some pincushions, perhaps? Yes, and I could use some of my own handwoven samples for backing, and fill them with the scrap yarn I've been gathering from scarves weaving, I thought.

This is pretty much how they came to life.

These pincushions are now in the shop.

22 Feb 2011

How do you wear a mask?

Karen Barbé | Textile designer | Embroidered mask

Karen Barbé | Textile designer | Embroidered mask

Karen Barbé | Textile designer | Embroidered mask

Karen Barbé | Textile designer | Embroidered mask

Karen Barbé | Textile designer | Wrong side - embroidered mask


This is my submission for Mr Spoqui's recycled masks contest. I'm not sure if this is what they expected but... here it is: cross-stitch embroidery on hand-punched cardboard from used boxes. I also made a hat. I was thinking of this one (I love the whole outfit, I think I should get a real hat and dress like that.)

18 Feb 2011

Happy morning

Karen Barbé | Textile designer

Karen Barbé | Textile designer

Karen Barbé | Textile designer

How happy can a morning be when you are embroidering and the bell rings and it's the postman saying "¡Encomienda para Karen Barbé!" (my favourite words) and you get the most lovely package coming from France? Well, wonderful Céline Sathal sent me this marvelous gift – a piece of Savon de Marseille wrapped in an old linen. I can't think of a more perfect choice for me: textiles and something for my long pampering bathroom times. Thank you, Céline!

Yesterday I discovered this perforated paper for embroidery (it makes me so angry that I can't find all the craft supplies I'd like here in Chile) and I had to do my own version punching a cardboard with a sharp needle. Very fun to do and even more to embroider it.

16 Feb 2011

New version of bags



This is the new version of the cotton bags – webbing tape instead of plastic handles. Definitely more comfortable when carrying! Find them in the shop.

11 Feb 2011

Grey circles

Karen Barbé | Textile designer | Woven scarf

Karen Barbé | Textile designer | Woven scarf

Karen Barbé | Textile designer | Woven scarf

Karen Barbé | Textile designer | Woven scarf


Circles like these inspired this new woven scarf. Can you see them? Well, they are more like a scalloped border than circles.
Now lady mannequin and I have the same dress!
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Thanks for all your comments on my last post. It seems lots of happy things happen when yellow comes around.

3 Feb 2011

Yellow

[Karen Barbé · Textile designer · Yellow]

[Karen Barbé · Textile designer · Yellow]

[Karen Barbé · Textile designer · Yellow + New scarf]

Yes, I've chosen yellow. For my nail polish and for my woven labels. A colour that feels very happy!