Sunday, April 14, 2013

making a wish...

there are so many ways one can make a wish...

first stars

 birthday candles

 wishbones

wishes are as important as dreams, and i have been inspired again...

 this week's lesson was on adding bumpy bits to our cloth:
appliqueing a shape and stuffing it lightly

 i pondered what might be a good shape for a bumpy bit, having had enough of hearts for now, and not feeling up to the intricacies of a tree.... i came back to the star again

this time i wanted colour though so i searched until i found the perfect icy blueish-greenish-grey

and then decided the wrong side was actually the perfect lightness


 as i wanted more than one star i dug even deeper and found a batik fabric that was even lighter and with an interesting branch-like design

then to decide on a layout... not the easiest thing when you want to stuff them slightly

i liked the grouping above but decided to go for something a little simpler


makes me think of falling stars
 
appliqueing them and stuffing them was easy enough - the hard part now is deciding on which stitch to use around the edges

this stitching is actually important; it pulls the stars into the cloth and makes them a part of it

 no longer just perched on top

the stitching will make it seem as if they are emerging from the fabric


 i tried chain stitch, french knots and feather stitch - yuck, yuckier and yuckiest

then i tried herringbone
oh yes!

and now for the little guys - i started out with herringbone using only one strand
i like it but i'm not sure if using the same stitch on all three stars wouldn't be a bit much

one of the ladies in our class suggested couching
and i am thinking that just might be the way to go


i'll be playing with that for the next little while

trying to make it just right
 
 these are wishing stars after all


when the stars are all finished, when the whole cloth is done, before it gets layered and quilted

i will turn it over and embroider three wishes on the backs of these stars

tucked safely in layers of warmth, known only to the maker

and though they will not likely ever be seen, it is my wish that they will all come true, for all of us
 

13 comments:

Wendy said...

Beautiful! the herringbone is the perfect stitch for that little star.

Oh no, have you nearly finished? I'll miss seeing this.

Marj Talbot said...

That will be like a time capsule - sort of - you never know whose eyes will see the wishes. Terrific idea!! Your stitching so far is very nice - looking forward to the rest. Thanks for sharing.

Karen B. said...

Sweet Jillayne,
again I am in love with your creation ~ it is just so beautiful!
You just touch fabric and thread and turn it into a dream. Love the stars so much.
many hugs
Karen B. ~ Todolwen

Heather said...

Beautiful Jillayne... and I am so enamored by your background fabrics.... jealous! LOL! Cheers~

Suztats said...

"When you wish upon a star" comes to mind....
The herringbone is perfect! And I love the idea of stitching and sealing you wishes within your cloth.......

oldgreymare said...

this truly has become a labor of love...

Dorthe said...

Your new falling stars piece is looking wonderful, I love how they are a part of the patchwork piece, and then -also-all their own ,even the stitches will connnect them to their background !
I love to hear all the thoughts you have had, with your different pieces- a bit like sitting next to you talking and listening ! :-)
Hugs,Dorthe

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Jillayne,

I love your sweet wishing stars piece and how wonderful that you are going to stitch a hidden message only to the maker.

Happy week
hugs
Carolyn

Createology said...

I am singing "When you wish upon a star..." I love your stars and the idea of writing your wishes on them for posterity. Each stitch you place on this cloth is pure bliss. I love seeing each step of your progress on this heirloom treasure. "Makes no difference who you are..." Magic!

BumbleVee said...

what a great idea to embroider the wishes inside ...

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Jillayne,
Your wishing stars are amazing and You are amazing my friend. I love the herringbone stitch too.
But the thought to place the wishes inside is perfect. You are so creative and come up with the best ideas.
I love the softness and dream like look.
Gorgeous
Hugs, CM

Deb said...

This is a lovely pieces, the stars fit in just so perfectly, I love the idea of little wishes added to the back.

karen said...

your stars are just adorable...so soft and ''squishy''....perfectly embroidered too i might add.
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