Sunday, January 31, 2016


i bet you don't often expect to come here and find vivid colours staring you down...

i love bright, but i rarely work with it - not sure why exactly because i really do like it, but i suppose if push comes to shove, soft and muted will always win

it's nice to change it up now and again though, and especially easy when doing silk ribbon embroidery

 i'm teaching a class next month and as i pondered what the "thing" should be (project class vs simply a technique class)

i decided on a fancy work needlecase

i love my needles, my treasured friends - have you ever thought about what an absolutely amazing invention it is? with this little thing we can do so much?

it boggles my mind

anyway - i love cecile franconie's style and even ordered one of her books - all the way from france

yes, it's in french but stitchery has it's own universal language and i've managed just fine

even to the point where i no longer consciously translate the directions - i love that

 this case is a series of pockets, which are the perfect size to slip a package of needles in

 the sides will fold in, and then in again and there will be some kind of closing device but i haven't any idea what yet

i'm still deeply entranced by all this colour, and beautiful flowers and leaves

i thought the one below was my favourite

and then i did these little roses
(this one is my own design)

and a new favourite was born

who would believe one simple stitch could make these little delights?

 so - the easy part is done and now for the putting it all together - i have to say if feels like a bit of drudge after all the fun i've had with the flowers

but all play and no work... and all that

 "the flowers that grow may fade and wither, but the ones that i stitch will live forever..."


Diane Kelsey said...

Beautiful stitching, the nicest I have seen in a long time. What a great idea to include pockets to hold a whole packet of needles. The ladies attending your class will be very lucky indeed.

Rachel said...

Lovely - a great success already! Ribbon embroidery is so wonderfully effective, isn't it!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Love this new project you are working on, and you've inspired me to embroider with threads and ribbons again, as a break from embroidering with beads. :-)

Have a great week ~ FlowerLady

Marj Talbot said...

Oh this is the greatest yet. How lovely. I'm feeling down that I can't join in on this class. I've done little ribbon embroidery, and nothing as great as this. I suppose practice would make a difference. Very thankful for this post and the sharing of your work.

FlashinScissors said...

I love Cecile's work, just wish I could translate French! I learnt French at school but not really enough to be able to understand the language.
I've been following Cecile for a while! Your stitching here is very pretty. I do love the effect the ribbons make but I've never bought ribbons for this type of work! I look forward to seeing your progress on this.

Barbara xx

Createology said...

You know I would be in your class for instructions on this beautiful ribbon embroidery work. Love all your precious stitches creating such beautiful flowers. I dare say color suits you well dear...

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Gorgeous Jillayne, how lucky your students will be to make this lovely needle case with you! Deb xo

Dorthe said...

They are amazingly beautiful dear Jillayne, what beautiful stitches you have created yourself, to form the tiny roses , and your pink flower, and green leaves below are stunning .
You always have new gorgeous ideas, and they comes out just beautiful.
Enjoy teaching the little wonders you have shown us here .
Hug from Dorthe

Celestina Marie said...

So beautifully done Jillayne. Your work is stunning and I love your thoughts on these pretties living on forever. They really will. Have fun teaching your class. Sure wish I was there to attend!! xo

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Wow, wow AND wow!! I love this, not only because the stitching is so fine, but also the colours are definitely 'me'. I have a hard time working with pastels and neutrals are even harder for me, so this is right up my alley. How I wish I could come and take your class!!

Maggie said...

You are so creative Jill and a pleasure to learn from.....thank you so much for the lovely class in ribbon embroidery.....I thoroughly enjoyed it and I know I will be doing lots of things with what I have learned today.