Friday, October 24, 2014

an undoing...

thanks for all your wonderful comments about my sewing mishap - you know, as i thought about it i realized that wasn't the first time i'd blogged about doing that same thing - seems i didn't learn my lesson at all but at least this time it all worked out

i've been working on my bling cloth a little this week... gimp was on the menu in class 

i looked here and there online to see if i could find any for sale but all i found was coloured and i wanted white or off-white

i had just resolved that i would have to do without when an idea came to me on awakening wednesday morning... buy gimp braid and take it apart

i had some icky gold-coloured flat gimp braid in my stash so i tried my idea out first on that - worked like a charm, so off to the fabric shop i went

above is a very fine twisted cord which i untwisted - i like the kinks well enough but found that if i held it over the steam of the kettle most of the kinks went away

below is a piece of pale pink from a twisted cord i already had

i bought two flat braids in different widths so i could have two sizes of gimp cord to try out

laying it in place, couching down, i kept wanting to form it in to something, a daisy flower, or a weaving pattern, something - anything that would be regular and have some sort of patterning

i wanted to but i didn't - forced myself to do something abstract, not sure if i like it really, but determined to do something different

 a piece of the silk i had to cut away from underneath now resides proudly on the top, surrounded by many french knots

i also added clumps of knots on to the strip of lace next to it, there was a patterning to the lace that had solid flat motifs so i piled the french knots on those and when all the hand embroidery is finished i'll beads to the top of each cluster

a scrap of cut away lace, like the silk, now tacked on top

thinking ahead to the blingy bits, wishing i could add them now but not wanting to crush them in the hoop - i laid a strand of my beads from vancouver on a stretch of the silk - love, love, love

 i've hardly done anything on this piece but i already love it

even the random swirls of gimp are growing on me, inspiring me to untwirl a little more and see where it leads me...


Mosaic Magpie said...

Congratulations on fighting the urge to form a pattern with the gimp. The arrangement of loops is interesting and asks to be looked at, where a flower would have only required a quick glance. What is the saying necessity been the mother of invention...more than one way to get some gimp!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Beautiful, inspiring work.

Have a lovely weekend ~ FlowerLady

Dorthe said...

This piece is already so very beautiful dear Jillayne, all your lovely embroidered knots and stitches,- the beautiful materials, you used, and now the idea using the gimp thread ,from the braids... so gorgeous, and I love your abstract figure !!
Hugs from Dorthe

Createology said...

I love how the gimp truly wanders...just like the stitching that lays near it. Beautiful cloth and the beads will add just the right bit of sparkle and bling. How Blissful to just create with nothing in mind but to just let it flow. Your talents with threads, fabrics and beads is shining forth. Creative Fabric Bliss Dear...

karen said...

great resourcefulness Jillayne, acquiring your gimp....I can't take my eyes off the braid. I don't think I've ever seen that before.

Marj Talbot said...

Great idea to take the braid apart and steam it. Looks great - looking forward to the added bling.

Suztats said...

This is gorgeous, Jillayne! I love how this piece is evolving! The random gathering of the gimp really catches the eye--as Deb wrote, it pulls you in to take a closer look.

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Beautiful Jillayne, love the random swirls of the gimp, wonder where they will lead you?

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous Mom! It looks very vintage.