Monday, March 28, 2016

about bloomin' time!

happy spring!

warm, soft, bright days - many still with early morning misty fog, but it burns off quickly and the sun shines brightly in a soft blue sky

yesterday i wandered out into the backyard and found chives almost a foot high already and my tiny lilac in bud

i've been working on a bit of a floral theme in my needlework as well...


my patched and appliqued pocket-piece is sporting a lovely textured flower, each petal different - one plain, a tiny embroidered flower adorning another, the rest cut from fme lace cloth made by yours truly
 


i stitched a tiny, tiny buttonhole stitch around the raw edges using a fine off-white linen thread that sinks right in to the fabric and is barely discernible... it added no "weight" to the appliques, nor did it alter their delicacy at all - simply just holding everything in place
 

i'm at a thinking point with that piece at the moment - a stand-still
not sure what i want to do next...

whenever this happens to me i turn to something new

taking the idea in a new direction, exploring a few possibilities, but on a different piece

i made a textured background using a piece of wool, a raggedy scrap of lace, a length of rayon ribbon and some bits of patterned cotton cloth


more "patches", here, pinned in place


 love how the little flower echoes in the lace


not taking too long with this, wanting something that will disappear a little, not in the fore-front... much of it will be covered by the flower-petals-to-come 

though it will add interest to the overall effect, i think... i hope


 then the decisions for the flower... colour, shape, number...

i settled on a brown check for the flower centre and a mottled red with dark brown accents for most of the petals but a few few in a lighter red

the differences are rather noticeable here, but i think they'll be less so as i add the embroidery - outlining each petal with decorative stitch and then even more on their surfaces


 that's the plan anyway - now to decide on threads, colours and stitches


 there's always something that has to be decided - planned out, just like a real flower bed

colour, spacing, height, fillers, edging plants, textures and so on


 first up is structure though - i need to applique these in place before i can do anything else

 
 and while i'm doing that, i'll think about what comes next...


14 comments:

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Oh my, more lovely creations in the works by Jillayne.

I look forward to seeing what you do with both of these pieces.

Happy Spring to you ~ FlowerLady

Karen B. said...

Dear Jillayne,
I just love what you do. Honestly I love everything you make. You are such an artist when it comes to fabrics and making them shine in your creations.
Many hugs,
Karen B. ~ Todolwen xo

Createology said...

You are like a Master Gardner tending to the flora and fauna...only with delicious fabrics and laces and threads. How you work your magic with designs and textures and stitching is what makes them come to life. I am in awe at your many varied fabric collages. Embracing Your Creative Bliss Dear...

Shirley said...

Hi Jillayne, I have been trying to catch up with friends here in Blog land seeing what they have been doing. I love the pieces that you have been working with that are coming together nicely. Hope you had a wonderful Easter. Take care Hugs and Prayers from Your Missouri Friend Shirley

Karen Ruane said...

embellishing flower petals......sigh. beautiful idea...

Rachel said...

Yes, changing to another piece gives you a chance to let the ideas settle and clear.

And of course - gives you another piece to play with!

Marj Talbot said...

absolutely love that red - can't wait to see it all stitched

Dorthe said...

You amazes me over and again, dear Jillayne. Your works of art, always speaks to me, they look so intricate, and yet also simple in form and beauty. Love the white petals creating your flower, did not really understand which of the fabrics you created yourself, but it will be stunning.
Also your next piece showing the brown/red flower so wonderfully off, I`m looking forward seeing how will end !! Worth waiting for , to see, so much !!
Smiles from Dorthe

jenclair said...

I'm in love with those embellished flower petals!

Suztats said...

Love the fme flower petals and how they look beside the whole cloth ones....fragile, yet with substance, airy but touchable.....and rather like the thoughts of what comes next--taking shape, dissolving, a hint of something there but without fully forming......Your posts are poetic, Jillayne, and sweep me away to thoughts of cloth and thread and stitch and magic.

Christine B said...

I love your intuitive way of working. Yes, let this beautiful little piece speak to you whilst you stitch those petals in place.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I loved the tone-on-tone flower but THEN I saw the other one and fell head over heels for it. I'm so fickle...

FredaB said...

Your blogs are always so interesting and full of great ideas. I like the petals over the lace but that you can still see it. The red is going to be gorgeous when done.

Hugs
FredaB

Tanya said...

SUCH beautifully stunning, tiny little pieces of art come from your hands and heart! I love looking around here - been traveling for three weeks...it's kinda' nice to be back with some reading to do! Happy April, Jillayne!