Friday, January 9, 2015

all of everything...

writing in my journal the other day, writing of creative desires, it occurred to me what an endless list it seemed to be
expanding and contracting, year over year, one thing coming off, two more added on, wondering when...

i wrote then that i felt as though i wanted to do all of everything

 the little piece i am working on these days feels like something that has all of everything i like to do...
 

the pattern is "drunkard's path" - irregular shaped pieces forming irregular shaped blocks

i tried curved piecing and hated it - even by hand, with these tiny pieces, it's a pain
so i folded over the seam on the small pieces and appliqued them on top of the larger - much, much easier to do


this will be a small tube-shaped bag
the design is by yoko saito

once all the piecing and joining together was finished, the embroidery began
curving chain stitch over every seam

beginning with the straight ones...


followed by the curved
using cosmo embroidery floss for the first time - love it
so smooth, with a soft sheen
no tangling at all, none





 i've been embroidering over the seams of traditional patchwork for almost fifteen years
my stitches of choice were usually feather, cretan or herringbone, but i'm thrilled with how the simple chain stitch looks here with the hand-dyed thread... colour and stitch meandering along


 and now i'm at the quilting stage - tiny furrows, in random directions
curving, cross-hatching, straight lines and diagonal ones
adding yet more texture
adding strength


itching to remove the basting thread to see how it really looks


random shapes, piecing, applique, embroidery and quilting
this piece ticks all the boxes

nothing about it is perfect and yet in it's togetherness, in the sum of it's parts, it's everything it needs to be...

12 comments:

Magpie's Mumblings said...

For some reason this makes me think of a topographical map! I'm intrigued by the thread you're using so will have to do some research on it.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

I love this piece and the chain stitching over seams looks wonderful.

Once again, another post that gets my creative juices going. :-)

Happy stitching ~ FlowerLady

Mosaic Magpie said...

The embroidery thread you are using is new to me, like MA I will have to look into finding some to play with. The curved chain stitch adds so much to the piece and with the added texture of the quilting...wow! Love it!
Deb

Marj Talbot said...

This is really nice - all the boxes ticked at once. It looks like so much fun - might have to try it. For the visually impaired, it would be satisfying to make curvy lines into something so beautiful. Thanks again for sharing - love this project.

Suztats said...

I love how the chain stitch adds so much texture and colour to your tiny blocks! Cosmo floss is new to me, too. Going to look it up.........

Rachel said...

It looks really lovely!

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Beautiful Jillayne, love the chain stitching around all your lovely drunkard patches! Can't wait to see your finish, the sum is most definitely greater than it's parts.

Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

That is so gorgeous. I looooooooove the colors!

Createology said...

This is such a departure from your usual soft muted neutral colors and it looks wonderful...like a walk through the woods with lakes and meadows and mountains. The curving chain stitch is perfect for a drunken path that meanders. Your creative endeavors are always beautiful bliss...

Wendy said...

that looks beautiful! The chain stitching over the seams is so effective.

Monica said...

Expanding and contracting... wondering when... this is the dilemma for all of us creatives. I always try a new approach, but it seems not to work. Over the years I have become aware that it is the creative process we are nourished by, not a specific art or craft or technique or finished result, and the longings (oh, the longings!)- and I'm pretty sure that it's the very steam that, in the end, moves us to create beauty.
xoxo

Becca said...

Beautiful, beautiful! Love the colors and always the extra embroidery. Perfect!