Karen Barbé Workshops

5 Aug 2014


I'm afraid this blog is becoming a Slow Blog (as in Slow Fashion, Slow Food, etc.) Last update was on June. Sadly not because I'm taking a Slow approach on things but rather as a result of a hectic life that leaves little time for slower projects...

I've embroidered again on this tablecloth adding a new layer of stitches. The screen-printed grid helps to organise the stitches easily with no need of marking. I've worked with the idea of a large stain or worn area, that's irregular in its shape and level of staining. I'm always thinking about how stains, dirt and daily use that ruin garments and other textile pieces can inform unexpected embroidery applications.


Me temo que este blog se está transformando en un Blog Lento (tal como la Moda Lenta, Comida Lenta, etc.). La última actualización fue en junio. Es triste porque no se debe a que esté cultivando un modo Lento de hacer las cosas sino más bien a un ritmo ajetreado que me deja con poco tiempo para proyectos más lentos...

Nuevamente he bordado sobre este mantel agregando nuevas capas de puntadas. La grilla estampada ayuda a organizar las puntadas de manera más fácil sin necesidad de marcado. Trabajé con la idea de una mancha o zona gastada grande, que es irregular en su forma y nivel de manchado. Siempre estoy pensando en cómo las manchas, suciedad y el uso diario que arruinan una prenda u otras piezas textiles pueden proponer aplicaciones de bordado impensadas.


There's something about this building that's definitely Slow.


Hay algo en este edificio que es definitivamente Lento.


Noga Malachi said...

It might be connected to the Japanese idea of using these signs on the used fabric to show the time passing by. You may find a friend to these ideas search for Japanese textile artists
Love from Israel,

Karen Barbé said...

Thanks for your lovely comment. I'll look for Japanese textiles for further reference. Such a wealth of wisdom!


Pauline said...

Love the tablecloth and the simple styling.

Journeyin' Lady... said...

Love the crispness of your design!

Karen Barbé said...

Thank you, ladies!

the Blue Rabbit House. said...

This reminds me so much of blackwork embroidery! I really love the pattern and design you made! :)

Montse Llamas said...

En cuanto a textiles reutilizados, los llamados "boro" japoneses, te recomiendo esta página, Karen.
Sobre todo su blog.

Me encanta eso que haces con las manchas!


Karen Barbé said...

Blue Rabbit – You are right, dear! I was inspired by blackwork and tried this XL version on the tablecloth .)

Montse – M-A-R-A-V-I-L-L-O-S-O-S. Me conmueve tanta sabiduría en los textiles japoneses: eso de remendar y hacer perdurar ya parece algo de otro mundo en estos tiempos, ¿no? Una pena, por cierto.

Besos (y sigue disfrutando de tu verano).

Frances said...

Karen, you've made me smile by mentioning slow blogging. I think I am a natural born slow blogger. It seems that I never quite find enough hours in the day to do all that I wish to do.

Many of my interests do involve dedicating my eyes to just one project, and so I find myself being a bit of a butterfly landing here and there.

I like your embroidered tablecloth so very much. I am doing lots of knitting that involves grid orgaination, and so I recently aquired a notebook with grid-printed pages. The idea of having fabric with such a grid seems fantastic. I also like the idea of incorporating an "imperfection" or symbol of aging into you overal design.

Do you ever see Annie Choewa's blogs? I have recently read one that introduced me to a particular Japanese textile concept called "bora." You may already know of this?

A final coincidence. As I was reading this post of yours, I was munching some delicious roasted almonds. Aren't they delicious!

Best wishes to you from New York. xo

Oni said...

just found your blog via pinterest and spent a lot of time going through all of your posts, so please excuse the creepiness of commenting on an older post. I wish I could take a class from you. Everything you do is quite wonderful.