Saturday, August 5, 2017

little bitty...

like the song, it's alright to be little bitty...

i love it actually - there is a special quality to that which is diminutive

perhaps it's the smallness in size that makes us sit up and take notice of special details...

perhaps "small" lets what's special shine

whatever the attraction, i find these little stitched samples rather entrancing - they draw you in, the loose lower edge is irresistible
they have to be lifted, if only to look from a different angle

eleven weeks now, a daily patch
not always finished daily but i'm working on that - it's an untidy heap, each week's worth, as i stitch on this one and that, ideas building, one to another


 these ones are among my most favourite - tiny bits of fabric, loose, raw edges, embroidery on the surface

i can't tell you why, but the one above with the star stitches is probably my most favourite of all


 though these stacked up ones come a pretty close second


 for the first eight or nine weeks there was no plan - whatever i felt like doing i did

pick a swatch, choose some fabric and thread, think for a minute - go


 then one day i got into the buttons and suddenly, a series was born...

variations on a theme, embroidery surrounding buttons - stitching the buttons themselves down in ways that differ from the ordinary

the little white one on the bottom of the swatch above was a treat to do and joy to look at


 and after that i tried out the same sort of technique with scraps of fabric


 the two above were borne of a hankering to play with my favourite colours and favoured materials... a geometric, scratty lace and embroidery thread

the scraps are used as they come from the bowl - fitting them together, like a jig-saw puzzle


and then i thought of weave... 

9 comments:

suziqu's thread works said...

I love your continuing little stitch samples here Jillayne and the choice of your favourite colours.
I wonder how they would look if united all together?
Beautiful work!
x Suzy

gracie said...

Always so interesting to see what you are working on.

Dorthe said...

So filled with sweetness, Jillayne, I love your button and stacked ones, but they are all so charming and lovely. You make me so wish to start doing something with handsewing too. they are adorable little samples, dear.
Hugs, Dorthe

Sandy Larson said...

I'm in love. I have always loved the way you share your love of Needle and thread, but these are so intimate and dear. Thank you for sharing.

Rachel said...

It seems that the variety of textures is what brings everything to life for you, and each experiment is in seeing in a different way...

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

I love what you come up with in your creations. Love your color schemes also.

Happy August ~ FlowerLady

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Oh. Just plain oh. Oh how much do I love these teeny little gems!!!

Marj Talbot said...

My favorites from this set are definitely the buttons. Love your idea of sewing them down - love that idea.

Karen Ruane said...

it's a privilege to watch this archive of yours develop and grow. Just when you think they can't get any more entrancing you pull something out of the hat and prove us all wrong. Incredible work...evidence of your devotion.