Saturday, July 22, 2017

exhibit "a"

must be a holdback from childhood but i find myself drawn to little bits and pieces of this and that...

perhaps it stems from watching my mom and a neighbour lady sewing and stitching and wanting to do a little of that myself - the only materials i had to work with were their cast-offs, the scraps of fabric and thread normally destined for the garbage were given to me instead to do with what i would

some of you may remember the cloth i was making a while back where each day i would stitch on a scrap... i began it in mid-february of last year and finished it in the cotswolds at the end of april this year... i left it in england, in very good hands - my friend christine who saved it from having to be anything but what it was - a piece of muslin with scraps stitched that formed a sort of square... 

coming home, i was at a loss - not for the cloth but for the practice - the daily endeavour... working patiently and slowly, making something substantial out of not very much

letting ideas percolate for a while, i remembered a calendar book i had that had nice large spaces, two for each day
one to write in, one for a stitched sample

and so a new daily practice was begun...


i love that i have space to write - "annotate your samples" mrs. ruane says

and she is right - sometimes i think the annotations are the best part 

some days an idea comes easily - other days it's a struggle


through doing this i am learning a little bit about what i like and lot about what i don't


 texture is huge

lace, especially when it's tattered and torn, "scratty" i like to say

soft faded colours

rumpled fabrics



a bit of stitching


my least favourite are the few that have stitch only


my most favourite are when all three are present

some days it's been a grind - some of these have taken more than an hour - they're usually the ones i like the best though so i recognize the value of the time spent

more than anything though, the pages, as they fill up and accumulate, are a delight to flip through

a true delight...

i've secured the swatches at the top with tiny knots - the bottoms are free so i can lift the swatch and see the underside - it makes them a little more fragile as the pages are turned but for now i'll leave them loose - i don't know about you but there's something wonderful about being able to look at the back of a stitched piece

mrs. ruane would tell you it's "evidence" and she would be right

so here then, is "exhibit a"

9 comments:

oldgreymareprimitives said...

They're so lovely- what a very special journal of days

Rachel said...

A delightful idea, and clearly a practice which is giving you much more than you might have anticipated!

Dorthe said...

Gillayne, always so many beautiful ideas, to fulfill, I love this one, and seeing your day by day little art creations.
They all hold a piece of your heart!!
Hugs, Dorthe

suziqu's thread works said...

What a lovely idea Jillayne!
I love to see your creative little pieces of stitching as they always spark some new inspiration for us all here! So pretty!
Wishing you all the very best,
Hugs,
Suzy

Christine B said...

The cloth you left in my keeping brings me constant delight and that joy is extended through witnessing your daily practice continued though these small pieces .... each one a snapshot of where your creative mind is each day, each one, as it is posted, keeps me connected to you.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I would say your Exhibit A is pretty impressive!! The calendar book is the perfect venue for your wee stitchings and to keep your notes. I really like this! Any chance of sharing any further particulars about the calendar book? Something like this would be hugely helpful to encourage a daily practice of stitching. Love it!!!

Karen Ruane said...

Mrs Ruane would also tell you she had drooled on this several times!! You already know how I love this....evidence is of course important, vital even but an archive like this says so much more than the evidence and the trace of you in the work, on the reverse. It's priceless.

Createology said...

Simply Delightful! Such a lovely daily ritual and creative way to spend your time with beloved fabrics, laces, needle and threads and experimentation. I love your little swatches on pages. Blissful Works of HeArt Sweet Jillayne...<3

Marj Talbot said...

Great idea and impressive results. Thanks for sharing Exhibit A. I look forward to the next exhibit. Don't know how you find the time, but definitely time well spent.
Happy stitching!!!