Sunday, October 19, 2014

cutting my losses...

yep, cutting my losses, literally...

see the pretty little bits below?

they didn't used to be ragged bits and pieces of cloth and lace - they used to be neat and tidy squares of lovely silk, lace and metallic silk tissue

they used to be basted on a piece of the finest weight of muslin ever
{of which i have less than a meter, and since i can only get it in john lewis department store, i apparently need to plan a trip to london soon - and furthermore, since i now have a brand new ten year passport in hand, it's possibly possible!}


i'm in the midst of simply stitch five

karen ruane's current online class - fly on the wall kind of class, which i love

i'm seriously behind the group so i'm only just getting to the bit about bling
bling being pretty, sparkly and shiny bits and baubles

friday i laid out and basted bits of cloth to make two foundations for bling, both with silk, lace and silk metallic tissue, one in strips and another with squares

last night i sat down to do the free-machine embroidery work on them, beginning with the strippy one


 a perfect foundation on which to sew sparkly bits and shiny things along with lovely embroidery


 i had trouble getting it in the hoop, which surprised me as the fabric is all so very light

but i persisted and the stitching went quick and easy...


 taking it out of the hoop every so often to re-position it, still struggling with how tight it was

after one particularly difficult time, i turned the fabric over to check something on the back, and then it all became clear...

when i started, i had picked up both pieces and now the square piece was firmly attached to the back of the stripped one

you cannot even begin to imagine how upset i was
 i was undone

but there was undoing of the stitching - fme is way to tight and there was far too much of it - trying to unpick it would ruin both pieces

but it was what it was and there was no changing it so i picked up my best pair of scissors and started cutting every bit of the extra layer that i could, managing to salvage a six-square section, along with a few bits the can be used in snippet cloth down the road


the silver lining became apparent pretty quickly too...

seems a bit of the lace of the square piece just happened to position itself nicely underneath the silk metallic tissue and subtly showed throw, adding another dimension to an already lovely piece of cloth


the six-square salvage turned out rather pretty too i think

a bit ragged around the edges, to be sure, but lovely in spite of it


 and so, these are ready for the fun part now... let the bling begin!


 in the meanwhile though, i decided to try out the lace-under-the-tissue effect on purpose

you can see it in the top right and lower left squares
subtle, yet there


in cutting my losses i think i may have found a silver lining after all....


13 comments:

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Wow! Very lovely and interesting.

Have a great week ~ FlowerLady

Mrs A. said...

Your final piece looks lovely. I can imagine how upset you felt when you turned the frame over but you did a good save. Hugs Mrs A.

Marj Talbot said...

Sorry but I had a good laugh over this one. Good on you for salvaging this not on purpose event. I think I would have put it all neatly in file 13 but you stuck with it and the result is great. Looking forward to seeing it with all the bling. HAPPY DAY!!!

karen said...

triple wow....these surfaces are beyond beautiful Jillayne. A new passport? a muslin shortage? What are you waiting for?

Suztats said...

Love the look of the lace peeking through! FME is so beautiful. I've tried to do it on my machine, but it always jams......I've experimented with the tension, but, so far, nothing works.... :-( .....it's an old Janome from the early 80's......
Your FME piece is gorgeous, and I look forward to seeing it all blinged!

Wendy said...

How lovely your final pieces are...don't you just love a silver lining when it happens...I too have tried to unpick the fme and it just cannot be done...so glad you were able to save some of the beautiful cloth you had made...I have put lace under the silk tissue as well and love how it looks, especially when you stitch over it...looking forward to seeing you add the bling...and don't worry about being behind, so am I and just working at my own pace at the moment.

epocktextiles said...

dont you hate that - getting things caught up. the layering looks great

Diane Kelsey said...

You must have cried, but glad to see there was a silver lining in the end. If you would like some muslin from John Lewis, I could always post you some .

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Oh no Jillayne! But what beautiful pieces you have, despite the problems, and as you say there was indeed a silver lining (or two or three!). Sorry about the muslin though, but wait, now you get to go back to London, whoopee!

Createology said...

There are no mistakes...only opportunities and that is exactly what you experienced. Beautiful pieces you have created. Every stitch joining each piece of delicious fabric is Creative Bliss...

Dorthe said...

Oh my dear, what a shame, ...but saving and using what you could, created a most beautiful piece with the six-squares ..I love the way you let it crumple, and can`t wait to see the bling attatched Jillayne.
The rows of gorgeous fabrics and laces also looks stunning, and will be a marvelous art piece with the bling,too.
I had some wonderful dayes with my family, dear friend, and enjoied the trip so much...but also good to be back home !!
Hugs,Dorthe

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Jillayne, your created something wonderful from thinking you made a mistake. Everything can have a silver lining. I love the fabrics, the textures and the bling will bring out even more beauty. I admire your patience and extreme talent.

Beautiful work!

Hugs xo

Mosaic Magpie said...

When I was reading the post and following the photos...I saw the strips and wondered where the squares were. I can imagine the shoulder slumping that went on with the discovery of all your precious piecing firmly attached to the back. But I guess that is where it wanted to be...the fabric knew what it wanted to be, it was up to you to figure it out. Bring on the Bling!
Deb