Sunday, July 31, 2016

a story of my own...

progress in my storybook stitching is slow, each stitch, every idea painstakingly thought out 
some components made specifically for exact locations, other made simply from desire and then carefully considered on several pages before final decisions are made

here the rabbit is telling the mouse he's found a tree with one bright, shiny red apple... too high for him to reach alone

the mouses' mental image of the tree is presented in a beautiful paper and lace thought bubble


on the same page spread i've added a spirit tree

forests, especially the ones in storybooks, are filled with animals and trees, some of which you can see, and always those you can't 

over time, i'll be adding more white spirit trees to these pages, some with ink and others with stitch - i'm almost certain this will be the only paper one... i love it, it was the first, and so it must be special, separate...
 



the bear, sleeping in his den, stirs, and through misty, snow-filled dreams, he senses something going on outside


hand-embroidered machine-made lace makes a perfect blizzard


 trees figure prominently in the illustrations of this storybook and so they will in my work as well

this pin-tucked tree perfectly illustrates the delicacy of a bare tree's branches

and this one small tree, made on a whim, has given me a veritable forest of ideas


even the reverse side, seen below, has amazing potential...


fiddly, finicky, fragile

there's nothing for it but to glue this one down - the tissue paper foundation is delicate and needs to be securely fixed in place


and so it will be the frontispiece of this storybook

i like that, for as much as this book is about the animals working together, it is also about the beauty of winter...

the beauty of the winter forest

11 comments:

Rachel said...

This is looking lovely - thoughtful embellishments, in tune with the style and the story.

gracie said...

I am so envying your book progress. I would love to start one. Any suggestions as where/how to start?

Suztats said...

Love the delicacy of the trees you've created, the blizzard and how the page below peeks though it. Feeling jusy a wee bit chilly now. ;-)

Dorthe said...

Jillayne, it is gorgeous,- your white dreamy treas with the snow falling on and around them, the bubble of thoughts and the book drawings together creates a beautiful winter wonder land, and makes the story a thousand times more interesting.
Hope you are doing fine. Hug, Dorthe

Marj Talbot said...

Paper and lace thought bubble, spirit trees, I'm speechless. This is wonderful beyond words. Your creativeness, words, and stitchery never cease to amaze me. Thanks tons and tons for sharing this work of art.

oldgreymareprimitives said...

Enchanting is the word I'll select. <3

FredaB said...

I am completely blown away with what you have come up with this book. I was joking when I said do something Canadian but yo sure have managed it with the paper and lace snow images. If I had to vote on all our books yours would be the winner.

Hugs
FredaB

Karen Ruane said...

you really are telling a story here in the most beautiful and delicate manner. This book was made for you, for your style of embroidery Jillayne.

Summer said...

Your book is looking so beautiful already ♥

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Magpie's Mumblings said...

Every installment of your work on your book seems to be better than the last. I love the idea of the thought bubble!

Createology said...

Your storybook is like opening the most wonderful gift...v e r y slowly. I am breathless with each addition you share. Be still my beating heart!