Monday, April 8, 2013

a pocketful of dreams....

the latest addition to my white cloth...

a heart-shaped pocket

inspiration came quickly, what i was already working on was set aside

i'd been meaning to add a pocket to this cloth for some time now
but wanted it to be special, to have meaning

and as i had lately been adding hearts to it in applique, a heart shaped pocket came to mind

 i drew a heart on light-weight muslin with a wash-out pen

and started adding scraps of fabric with pretty edgings

bits of lace, small fragments, leftover from larger sections

adding another layer of interest with embroidery details
french knots, lazy daisy and cross stitches

basted, layered, stitched and turned, a scrap of lace closing the scar on the inside

appropriate don't you think?
all hearts have scars on the inside

i was going to take a picture, but then i decided not to... i think not everything has to be shared to be understood...

placed on a section of my cloth i haven't really been all that happy with up until now, stitched into place with buttonhole stitch and french knots, both within and along the edge

 buttonhole edging along the top as well, to add sturdiness and to carry the stitch along

as i stitched i thought of what karen says a pocket added to her work signifies,
and what mine would mean to me

i kept thinking it was a pocketful of dreams

for a moment i wished i had embroidered some of those dreams on the lining fabric
and then i thought it was better that i hadn't

dreams change

some achieved, others let go of
the dreams i hold on to now are not the same dreams i dreamed 30 or 40 years ago

 nor are they likely to be the dreams i will hold dear 20 years from now

 i'll stitch my dreams of today on little scraps of linen

 and when my cloth is complete i'll tuck them in here

safely held

 and as this is going to be a christmas quilt, i am thinking of beginning a new tradition with it, as i bring it forth each year

to look at the dreams of the past and reflect on their relevance for the year to come

 to acknowledge them, and let them go if need be, and to embrace new ones, stitching new linen slips to add....
after all, if you don't have a dream, how can you make a dream come true?


FlowerLady Lorraine said...

I am a lover, collector and creator of hearts and this one of yours is so beautiful.

It speaks to me, heart and soul.


Shirley said...

Hi Jillayne, I have been catching up with my friends in blog land and your heart is so pretty. We all have dreams and they will never stop. You are right they aren't the same ones as years past. I have enjoyed reading your blog and seeing what you have been doing. Have a wonderful week. Hugs and Prayers from Your Missouri Friend.

Karen B. said...

Dear Jillayne,
... beyond beautiful!

many hugs
Karen B. ~ Todolwen

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Dearest Jillayne:
You know how symbolism affects me, and I think this is going to be a wonderful keepsake heirloom to be treasured for many years to come. Thank you for sharing such a treasured addition with us.

lynn said...

wow this latest addition is my favorite.. i too love hearts... my engagement diamond is heart shaped.. :) what a beautiful christmas tradition you will have and a treasure to be passed down..
thank you for letting us see your progress and reasons for the different stitches and touches. i love the idea of the pocket.. they seem no matter where they are attached to always hold tidbits of treasured things we want to keep.
have a wonderful week

Suztats said...

Oh, Jillayne, such a lovely post, and a beautiful heart you've created, pieced together from precious bits of lace. How fitting that these laces were woven together to create a vessel to hold your dreams, for do we not also weave our dreams from the fabric of our life? Beautiful stitching, creating, dreaming.....

Susan Hemann said...

love your story cloth

Marj Talbot said...

Can't imagine what you were not pleased with, but this heart is beautiful anywhere. Love all the pretty stitches - this pocket will hold your dreams AND your memories. Lovely - thanks for sharing.

karen said...

saw this on first image of the day and what a beautiful image it was to greet me. Love it.

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Jillayne,
This is one of the most beautiful posts I have read.
Not only is you work amazing, detailed and inspiring, your words to compliment your creation are beautiful.
Truly sent me to my own thoughts this morning. Thank you for sharing.
Happy Creating.
Hugs, CM

Createology said...

Jillayne Dear you are so wise with your thoughts and words and stitching. I cannot express how beautiful this heart of lace and fabrics and special stitches is. Your dreams will change through the years and what a wonderful pocket to hold them for you. I have been obsessing about hearts made of fabric and this one is the finest I have ever seen. You are truly a special soul my friend...

Dorthe said...

Hi sweet,
what a beautiful idea with your dreams tucked away from each year in this so beautiful heart. I love what you did, it looks so lovely and fragile with those tulles and sweet laces,and with your gorgeous embroideries. A gorgeous christmas quilt Gillayne.

Mosaic Magpie said...

A beautifully written post, my friend. I am thinking perhaps you were not happy with this piece of your cloth before as it was was speaking to you to add more and what an addition you chose! I love the fact you will stitch your dreams onto bits of cloth and look at them each year. Touching about the scar....we all have them and some are deeper than others, but each of us, that have truly given our hearts, have had a few scars.
Keep up the good work, you are truly creating a masterpiece.

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

So beautiful Jillayne, both the heart and what it holds and your wonderful words. Thanking you tearfully, Deb

Anonymous said...

So dreamy (in more ways than one) and so thoughtful in detail (also in many ways). Keep dreaming beautiful thoughts...and making dreamy wonderful things.

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

WOW - it's gorgeous Jillayne.
Love your beautiful white cloth and the addition of the heart has taken it to another level - exquisite!
Shane ♥