Wednesday, May 6, 2015

petal power

april flew and we're already a week in to may - is this how the summer will be?

work is commencing this week with my brand new vegetable garden - major under-taking but i'm excited... and a little nervous
my mom and step-father live nearby and they're experts so thankfully i have a great resource close to hand!

whilst waiting on that i commenced this latest page, developed from drawings shown in previous posts

remember this idea/design stemmed from a sketch of a piece of jewelry in a liberty of london book?

well, i'm moving it along....

 changing the number of petals, adding spiky bits with circles

they remind of pearl stick-pins

i was working out border designs using pen and stitch, thinking one might be suitable as an accent detail on said page

 of the two options above, neither was quite right

fingers tapping, humming and hawing - finally decided to sleep on it and i'm so glad i did

in the morning as i looked at it i thought why not have the smyrna cross in pen and do a french knot in the centre - it would be like a lustrous pearl with rays coming from it

i also decided there was too much empty space in the centre area so an a "quick" fold took care of that

would you believe i worked the whole thing out on scrap paper so i would know exactly where the folds needed to be and which way they needed to be folded - i swear i'm dyslexic - if i'd been left to my usual devices this piece would look like origami, i can assure you

a cut-out painted petal with a decorative brad adds something amazing to the lower corner 

the ties... well the ties were meant to be long, to let one open the fold, to see what lays beneath, but as the paper is watercolour, and the fold extremely narrow, the fold wouldn't stay flat

in the end i had to tape it closed with double-sided tape so i tied knots and cut the ties short

i love it - really, really love it

it turned out far better than i hoped - better than i thought i was capable of!

 firmly attached to my ledger, that's two pages done - the next one is the colour study

i hope to make progress with that tomorrow

i hope to make progress with a lot of things - emails, reading your blogs, checking out what you're up to

i have three days off and list upon list - many things to tell you about so i'll be back on friday
nothing major, nor earth-shattering, just newsy bits of this and that...


FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Quite lovely and interesting. It's amazing what your mind and hands can do.

Happy Creating ~ FlowerLady

suziqu's thread works said...

This is fantastic Jillayne
and to think you designed each piece of it, planning just where each petal etc. should be. It feels so good when it turns out the way you were hoping it would.
Stitching, planning and playing!
All the best with your vegi garden too. Jeff and I have always grown all of what vegetables we have been able to for the past 35 years so it seems second nature to us. We try to live from our garden as much as possible and trying to avoid as much processed food as we can.
Wishing you all the best luck with it. Practice makes perfect!

Rachel said...

It just goes to show that you can achieve great things if you try!

Wendy said...

I have been following your progress on this...I am so in love with what you are doing...I have really enjoyed this latest class of Karen's...I am learning to appreciate the ledger work more and more...

Dorthe said...

I love the string with the smyrna crosses and french not ,and also your beautiful touches of fabric here, and there,- I`m not sure I could work like you, being so correct and planning ahead as you expertly does Jillayne, I`m far too flighty, for that, -but I admire your constant force ,in trying and doing, till you gets it right !!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

It's such fun to be able to sit back and watch your design ideas unfold. It's never a disappointment to see what you've done! Gardening is fun but can be frustrating too. It's all worthwhile though when you're a tucking into a plate full of home grown veggies!

Createology said...

Your ARTful work is simply BLISS. I do love every thing you put your mind and hands and heart to doing. Growing a garden is such a rewarding thing to do. I don't have one but my daughter does and she eats from it almost daily. EnJOY your days off work. Creative Bliss Dear...

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Wonderful Jillayne, loving your process! Have fun with the veggie garden, the end results will be well worth it!

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Jillayne, your work and process is always amazing with the best of outcomes. I love this and the details.
Enjoy your garden. I hope it blesses you with a beautiful bounty!!
Happy Mother's Day from Texas!
Hugs, CM

Suztats said...

Ah, see what you can do?! Believe you can, and then make it true. Yay!