Monday, December 20, 2010

On Another Tear

Today when tidying my sewing room, yet again, I found some left over torn muslin strips from the stocking and decided to play some more.

 (please click on it for a better look)

I wove the strips for the base, traced the heart shape, layered it with the backing fabric and sewed around it, just as I did for the stocking. Then I cut the edges about 1/4" from the stitching line, using pinking shears. I gathered up a 6" piece of the same vintage lace and sewed it in the centre, along the existing stitching line, then layered in the vintage key, charm and rose.

The back is finished in the same manner of all my sachets - feather stitch along the length of the seam. 

I also revamped the other two hearts in my Etsy shop - adding charms and beads to pretty them up even more. They were just sort of sitting quietly in the corner of my room and I couldn't help myself!

I love that about handwork - just because you think you're finished making something doesn't mean you can't go back and add more later... if they don't sell soon, I wonder what I will add next??

Now, for the last of my Monday Give Aways...

This runner was borne out of a desire to make something that reminded of ocean beaches.
The centre is made of strips of neutral coloured fabrics, representing both the colours of the sand and slats of the weathered fences that crop up here and there on the Atlantic seaboard.

The border fabric is a combination of cream, beige and various pale hues of mauve - stormy skies at the end of the day, shortly before dusk...

All the seams are stitched by hand, using subtly coloured embroidery thread that matches the colours of the slats and/or the colours in the border fabric.
Herringbone runs around the perimeter for continuity and then the inside seams all feature various stitches, used singly or in combination. Most of the stitches remind me of either bird tracks on the wet sand, or the dry grasses at the end of the season.

The little buttons have a pearlescence to them that makes me think of sea glass and seashells...

The pale stitch below is like the dry grasses waving in the sea breeze...

The runner measures 37" x 19" and is made entirely of cotton.

If you would like to enter to win, please leave a comment telling me about your favorite beach.

I will post the winner again on Artful Thursday!


FredaB said...

Hi Jillayne

My favorite beach is one of many down the Gulf Coast of Florida. We have stayed for many years at Anna Marie Island, then of course there is Sanibel Island known for it's wonderful shells on the beach. I love just wandering along the edge of the water on any beach.



Robin said...

Your hearts are just so precious Jillayne! My favorite's hard to pick just one because NC has so many. The Outer Banks are beautiful, but my all-time favorite beach would have to be Wrightsville Beach, NC.

Suztats said...

The runner is beautiful, Jillayne. I love the colours you've used.
My favourite beach is the one out in my front yard. It varies in width according to the activity of the beavers, and this year was almost flooded. I like to watch the blue heron as it searches for his frog breakfast in the shallows.

Marj Talbot said...

There are many many beautifull beaches in the world - a few of which I have wandered on. The most beautifull of all anywhere would have to be right here on the Shuswap Lake at Herald's Park. The sandy beach, clear water and mountains in the background leave one feeling like a princess in wonderland.

ps: I agree about the hearts - they are gorgeous - one after the other.

Anonymous said...

Jillayne, love the little additions you made to your hearts.

My favorite "beach" is just north of Boothbay, Maine. It's all rocks - no sand. We enjoyed exploring around the rocks looking for mermaid's tears.

Hugs, Diane

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Hello Jillayne, what a beautiful runner, exquisite as always! And I love your new woven muslin sachet, so beautiful! My favourite beach is not on the ocean but up at Adam's Lake (not far from you!). There is a long stretch of sandy beach just beside Honeymoon Bay, in the early days of fall it is usually blissfully peaceful and still warm enough to dig your toes into the warm grains of sand as you gaze up and down the length of this beautiful lake. Thanks for another lovely giveaway and I'd like to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and may the New Year bring you peace, joy and good health. Deb

Createology said...

Oh Jillayne your hearts are beautiful. I love how you have added embellishments to them. Your runner is so soft and elegant and stunning. I would love to be selected. My favorite beach is Laguna Beach California. Not so much the water and sand but for the amazing artisan community and events they hold each year. The Sawdust Festival is my all time event with fabulous and amazing artisans and their handmade creations. I do miss living in Southern California and all of the beaches...Huntington Beach, Seal Beach, Newport Beach, and so many more. Thank you for your super generous giveaway opportunity. May you enjoy the magic and wonder of this beautiful season. Happy Holly Jolly Joy to you my dear...

Michelle May said...

Hello there girlfriend!
Well, I grew up in Virginia Beach, but I really love the local hangout, Sandbridge beach. It was where all the cool surfer gang hung out. Not that I was one of them. hee,hee,hee. I would love to win this as it is my colors!
Did you see the featured gal on my blog today?
xx, shell

Shirley said...

Hi My friend Shell featured you on her blog today. I like looking at quilts to see what others do. I do hand embroidered lap quilts, wall hangings, and baby quilts. I like the different stitches. We are in the middle of the US, but we did get to go to Florida on a Vacation. We like walking along the shore at Daytona where the kids could hunt the sea shells. I would love to enter your contest. I will be visiting you quite often. Have a Merry Christmas

Lucille said...

Hi Jill, I love the heart. My favorite beach is Margate near Durban South Africa. We spent many holidays there. I love the waves, big crashing waves. Wonderful to body surf in.

MosaicMagpie said...

My favorite beach is in Florida. The beach near where my Grandmother lived. My Grandmother was a caretaker to a few older neighbors. I would visit every summer and we would make our visits to these friends, at least once during my visit we would load the cars and all go to the beach.
Even at my young age I could see the years melt away from them as they laughed and we enjoyed the beach. I still have some of the shells we collected together. Brings a smile to my face just remembering. Thanks for the memory!

oldgreymare said...

I can so relate to the joys of stitching. Don't know where to stop or,if I'll stop adding to my little house. So addictive!

merry merry


Dorthe said...

Dear Jillayne,
the addictions are so beautifull, love them,-and your gorgeus giveaway,too-such a beautifull piece of art.
My favorite beach, is the one just in my back garten-it is ever changing-but alwayes fantastic,-from wild to piecefull, in colors from almost white-over all the blue tones, to almost black!
It is an ever changing painting given from mother nature.
Dear sweet Jillayne, I wish you and your family a very merry christmas-with lots of time of cosyness-and houers to save for the future.
Love and hugs,Dorthe

Denise S. said...

I would have to say any of them,as we live in a land locked and I've only been to the ocean a very few timew in my life.

Your stitching is beautiful :o)