Thursday, April 25, 2013

a leaf unfurls...

a rather poetic way of saying the tiny hem kept rolling back

i have always liked poetry, love writing it, reading it... even when it's sarcastic...

these holly leaves were an exercise in patience and frustration

 many years ago i bought a beautiful book on italian cut-work
and the linen and thread to make a small sample

just one hitch....

the text is in italian
and i don't speak it

well, except for linguine, aqua, vino, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera

my plan was always to make a lovely italian dinner, drink some fine italian wine, put the three tenors on nice and loud, and hope all that italian atmosphere would induce a divine understanding....

"tale fortuna"

no such luck

 when i did the embroider, embellish, create class with karen ruane last year i was thrilled to know we would be learning how to do cut-work - i watched the video but didn't have time then to actually do it

 this time around, i was pretty sure i remembered how to do it so it was full speed ahead, scissors in hand....

and it became readily apparent i remembered nothing

i struggled along through the first leaf and than, thinking perhaps, just maybe, i might be forgetting something, i looked at this session's video

and found there was definitely a better way

too late for me though - i was past the point of no return... next time i'll do it the easy way

i used the same batik fabric i used for one of the stars - hand dyed and hand-painted from bali

perfect for the delicate holly leaves i was hoping for

the little berry is a funky puff of linen and lace

i want to make more puff balls in every fabric and lace, of every size - they are truly adorable

and then i put in a little time on the section below

 the fabric tab has stitching on the top and french knots along the edges to add a kind of picot edging
i couldn't remember how to do a proper picot, and as i learn my lessons well... sometimes....

i need to find my embroidery book of stitches

my english embroidery book

the creamy heart is made with damask, appliqued and outlined with chain stitch

there was a tab above the green french knot heart but it was far too wide so i removed it...toying with ideas now for it's hanger

next up is a little something to keep my favourite holiday memories in...

 i am going to miss this cloth when it's all done

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Karen B. said...

I can only say again ... BEAUTIFUL WORK!

many hugs
Karen B. ~ Todolwen

Dorthe said...

Dear Jillayne ,
this is getting more and more beautiful, -for every time you adds new things!
How lovely are your holy leaves and the hearts OH they are beautiful, -I love the one in french knots, but also the lovely creamy damask one- beauty after beauty my friend.
Happy weekend to you.

Marj Talbot said...

I too love the French knots heart. The damask one is also nice - like the way it's appliqued. The tab is set off nicely with French knots giving it a delicate look.
Those leaves look like a ton of work - nice job.
It will be great all put together into one - thanks for sharing.

Bead and Needle said...

Ahhhhhh, Italian is highly overrated anyway (and I can say that, as I married one) :-). Once again, you've posted the shock and awe factor!

Ciao, Bella - XOXO

Suztats said...

It is so beautiful! Your additions are quite romantic, Jillayne. I love them.

Createology said...

Your stitches and additions are such a joy to behold. I find it amazing to figure out which stitching you have added and what was on the starter cloths. Perfection is impossible to attain yet I believe you are doing it proud. The hearts have me swooning. Your attention to detail is awe-inspiring. Love the holly leaves of cutwork. Keep stitching my friend...

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Jillayne,
Stunning work my friend. I love it and whatever means you take to get there. The details are perfection!!
If you were here, I would cook you that Italian dinner. My grandmother would be happy!
Enjoy the weekend,
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Mosaic Magpie said...

If only we could remember all the little stitches and techniques we have learned along the way....but alas we have way too many creative thoughts to remember all the details. If you did struggle with eyelet work it looks beautiful and I like subtle fabric choice you filled it with.
Love the appliqued heart and it's soft creamy color.

Deb said...

Your creative talent grows with every stitch you make. The holly leaves are beautiful.