Thursday, August 25, 2016

random...

one of the things i love best about summer is just how random things are...

visitors dropping in now and then, things ripening in the garden a little at a time - tiny collections of this and that, rounding out an evening meal

it's been pretty random in my sewing room as well

i worked on a few more elements from the quiltmania "en attendant noel" advent from last december


the buttons done a while back are sewn in place, over top trailing vines with felt leaves


 a scrap of blue with silk ribbon embroidery, loving the effect the seed stitches give

layers of fabric and cheesecloth give structure


a linen heart with ribbon knots and a precious scrap of mokuba silk ribbon, i still want to try my hand at replicating it

the background ribbons, which form an "x" for the heart to rest on are making me crazy - i'm either going to stitch them down to tame their unruly ways or take them off altogether
haven't decided yet, but soon...


 and so it grows, slowly and surely

the next designs are definitely more christmassy in theme and while i'm keen to get this finished, i'm not yet in the mood for santas and reindeer


a day spent with my youngest niece yielded a lovely green rag quilt - she chose the fabrics herself, determined it be green - a quilt for her stuffed monkey "georgie" which grew to encompass them both

she did every bit of the layout and sewing and half of the snipping

 

 and finally,  all i've managed in my storybook is to glue down the tissue paper

though i don't normally glue my work, this piece was meant to be on the inside cover so no chance of stitching it in - i thought about double-sided tape but was worried about the delicate edges of the tissue getting destroyed... in the end i decided to glue it, and i'm so glad i did

it was tricky, but i love how the thin fragile edges have melted into the book, becoming one with the page - glue was the only way to achieve that look and for me it was worth it

 the embroidered pieces are stitched to the tissue so if i ever needed to i could take a seam ripper and very carefully snip the stitching to release it

next up for this book is a silk cape for the rabbit - there's an illustration where he's hugging himself against the chill and i'm going to channel my inner chanel  and make him something special

for now though, as summer wanes, random continues to be the order of the day...

9 comments:

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Random is good. I'm a firm believer in it. Nice to see someone else pottering with something Christmas-y as it seems I am at the moment. One gift is pretty much made and another started. Going away for at least a month this fall means I'll be behind when I get back, hence the need to get started now. Your niece is lovely - and has a wonderful quilt, along with the memories of creating it with you.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

It's good to see a post from you again. Always a treat to see your works in progress and your nieces' quilt is sweet. She did a fantastic job, bless her heart. She has a wonderful, loving teacher.

Have a great day and a nice weekend ~ FlowerLady

gracie said...

I always enjoy visiting and reading your posts....

Rachel said...

Lovely - and I agree about the tissue. Those fragile edges have a wonderful effect!

Createology said...

Random...such an interesting way to enjoy anything...slow and thoughtful. Christmas is not far away now that August is over. Your niece is adorable and did a beautiful job on her green quilt. The perfect way to adhere and make one with the cover...your gorgeous stitched bits. Embracing Creative Bliss...

Karen Ruane said...

lovely post Jillayne....your visitor look mightily pleased with the work too. Get them interested when they are young I say. we may have another addict in the making.
The glue does work well with that page too.....gorgeous...

JennyPennyPoppy said...

Such lovely stitching on your "en attendant noel" piece. I saw a post today that Christmas is only 100 days away now.

Karen Ruane said...

just stopping by to say i hope you're having a great trip!! x

Dorthe said...

Dear Jillayne ,
you are just fantastic, -always creating such beautiful little creations, embroidered, and sewn, I admire you so much !!
Sorry for being a lot away, but we have finally moved to another house, in another city, but still on the island. The old place is sold, and will be taken over this weekend by the new owners !!
Wishing you a wonderful October, dear.
Hugs, Dorthe