Friday, December 5, 2014

since then...

words of change - since then... signifying something is different
sometimes the something different is big, sometimes, it's small and simple

since this picture was taken i have made a concerted effort to make better circles

funny thing to perfect, perhaps, but that's how it goes sometimes...

sometimes one just can't help one's self  

{i read 'gift from the sea" by anne morrow lindbergh this past summer and she often wrote in that context of "one" - i liked it so thought i'd try it... nowadays it's "you" more often than not - i don't know why that is but it's a thing i've noticed - "one" was how it used it be, since then, it's "you"}

i digress though... 

i'm making a bag with appliqued and embroidered circles in lovely pale neutral colours - a design from yoko saito's taupe colour theory book

my first circles were awful so i set about to improve them
 

google and you-tube are my fond allies when in need of instruction, especially late at night, when the thought strikes

search and you can find, watch, and you can learn

my first mistake had been making my running stitches too big - big stitches equal funny little
almost-points on the circles; small running stitches equal smooth curves
 

so, regardless of the size of the circle, many tiny running stitches is rule #1


rule # 2 is to "paint" starch on the gathered side and then press with a hot iron

rule #3 - do not remove the card circle until the fabric is completely cool

if one removes it too soon, one's circle edge will pop out causing said circle to resemble a bottle cap

no matter how hard one tries, it is impossible to get that edge to tuck under and stay there


and so i cut and gathered and painted and pressed


circles of many sizes of many fabrics


scorched fingers, crisp folds, smoothly rounded, over and over again
it was almost hypnotic


that was a week ago... since then, i have made fifty or more perfectly round circles - i am addicted

an early effort - embroidery helping to offset the irregular edge?

 since then i've found heat-resistant pre-cut mylar circle templates in a dozen or more sizes

i did say addicted, right?


13 comments:

Rachel said...

Addicted is right - but that means that your technique will have improved with every one.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Wow! Thanks for the tips. Your circles are lovely. I can't get over how I'm always inspired when I visit here.

Right now my desk and workspace are filled with threads, lace, WIP's, beads, etc.

I too enjoy you tube tutorials.

May your holidays be filled with lots of love, peace & joy.

FlowerLady

Mosaic Magpie said...

One might believe that you are addicted, but one also must know that no 12 step recovery program is needed. The circles are really neat with the addition of the embroidery.
xo,
Deb

Marj Talbot said...

Love the offset embroidered circle. I have a project that may have to have a piece removed and re-done thanks to your tips. Would like to see the finished bag with all the circles!!!!

deanna7trees said...

i'm with Deb. your circles look great. the added embroidery is stunning. this made me remember a time when i wouldn't do anything circular. it had to be square or rectangular. glad i got over that before i bought my round kitchen table. that shape works best in that spot.

Createology said...

The circle of life is beautifully created in your lovely fabrics and stitchings. I love your tenacity of keeping at it until you are satisfied with each and every circle. We are very fortunate that we have such internet resources available 24/7 unlike our foremothers. Blissful Circle Stitching Dear...

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Well, I just learned something about making circles - thank you! I didn't know about making the running stitches small to create a smoother edge. Great tip! Here's a little tip back to you - to help with the singed fingers aspect - I often grab an old double-pointed knitting needle and hold the little piece down while I press. Sure saves owies!

Dorthe said...

Dear Jillayne, it is amazing what you accomplish ,also having a civel work,-you are fantastic.
The circles are looking perfect after the paint and pressing, and I love your embroidery- it will be a wonderful bag !!
Hugs,Dorthe

karen said...

ha, circle addiction!!! I do hope treatment is available....then again, scratch that because these are delightful. Carry on!

Diane Kelsey said...

A creative addiction, I'm sure your post will become infectious x

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Just gorgeous Jillayne!! Your work is always stunning. Thank you for the pointers on sewing circles. I can see this being very addicting.

Happy Sewing!!
Hugs

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Yes, one might say that you are addicted ;O) Your circles are perfection, practice does indeed make perfect! What did we all do before Google and YouTube, they are indeed indispensable in the wee hours of the night (and the day too!). Love your embroidered circle, a beautiful snowflake!

Tanya @ Bead and Needle said...

I have been traveling back and forth to CO so much this past year, I have lost reading time on favorite blogs. Happy sunday, my friend - I love that you've found a perfect pathway to perfect circles...and I love teeny little gathering stitches! Off to read more here on this always relaxing blog. XOXO