Friday, March 20, 2015

doodling with thread

when the local quilt shop sold a year ago the new owner brought in a number of different hand embroidery threads
people have been looking at them, oohing and aahing but more out of curiosity than of planning projects with them and then i was asked by a customer-friend to teach a class

thinking it should be more about the threads and stitches and less about the end result, a kind of thread exploration, along with some of the fun doodle-style of embroidery i came up with a little sampler of stitches

trying to keep it lively and fun, remembering the riot of colour and patterning of "doodle art"

remember that from the 1972???

i was given the signs of the zodiac one for christmas that year - it took ages to finish, in fact, i think about 5 or 6 years... i don't remember the date but i do remember the day
i had made such a mess of the rays, where they came into the sun at the very centre of the poster that for a long time i couldn't face finishing it - i thought i'd ruined it... one bored day i took it out, thinking how much i really liked it, except for that, wondering what i could do and then all i could think to do was to colour the sun in with black

it was so unexpected, so striking and so unusual

it made all the other colours pop, pulled the eye in, and made the whole thing amazing 

i loved it

so i wanted this "stitchery doodle" to have the same fun, funky, colourful randomness of the original doodle art designs

trying a few old favourites in different ways
layers of fly stitch in different colours makes for an interesting filling stitch

rows of chain stitch with over-dyed thread

back stitch with french knots as an outline

 tiny random straight stitches


there was supposed to be a peace sign but i messed that one up with the drawing so it's kind of a funny wheel-type thing but i'll add more to it later perhaps

that's what i love about embroidery

you don't have to call it "done" until you want to 

you can keep adding, here and there, layer upon layer, for as long as you want to, for as long as there are ideas flowing through your mind, and for as long as there is thread in your needle...


Dorthe said...

Dear Jillayne,
ther eare so many beautiful colourtones in this sampler,mixed and matched for fun and sweetness, with your different stitches and play!
I`m sure the class you teached have made these embroidery threads sell much more ,and not only being admired ,and left in the shop!!
Hugs from Dorthe

Marj Talbot said...

Very nice - I could look at your stitching forever - you do it so well. I love how you combine the stitches to create images and designs. This could be a great idea for special greeting cards - might have to give that a try. Thanks tons for sharing.

deanna7trees said...

experimenting with thread is so much fun and you do it so well.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Fun!! I especially love the back stitch/french knot flower.

Mosaic Magpie said...

That sampler will get their minds thinking of lots or ways to use those threads!

Rachel said...

It looks lovely and will make a really entertaining and useful class project!

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Beautiful Jillayne, your students will have so much fun in your class! I vaguely remember Doodle Art but love your Doodle Stitching much better.

karen said...

this embroidery is so very refreshing Jillayne, I love how you have used these threads.

FredaB said...

This looks like a fun thing to just play around and let your mind go.

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Jillayne, beautiful threads and stitches. I love this work and always have something in my lap.
Your students will be so inspired to dream and create using these gorgeous threads. How fun to be in a class with you teaching.
Happy Spring.
Hugs, CM

Suztats said...

What a fun sampler! A neat way to try out new threads.