Sunday, June 24, 2018

without a plan...

every once in a while I have an urge to stitch pieces of cloth together...

well, duh, you might say

what I really mean is that every once in a while I have an urge to stitch pieces of cloth together without a plan - just a strong desire to see what this and that might look like if I join them together with stitch 

sometimes, that's where it all ends and the joined pieces can languish about for a long time, until... a day comes when I have an urge to embroider on cloth

a few years ago I gathered together scraps of linen, coarsely woven cottons, bits of embroidered doilies and towels, and using one of my english diapers as a base, 
{it was bought a few years ago whilst on vacation in the uk,  in a desperate desire for lightweight muslin but not finding any yardage!}
I joined them together to make a table mat about 13" x 21"

then I lost steam as I had no plan for what would come next

I did a little kantha stitching on it over the years but realized pretty quickly that I didn't want that for the entire surface... so eventually, back into the pile it went

late last fall, I got it out again to see how it might look if I used linear embroidery stitches like herringbone and feather stitch as filling stitchings, working them in rows across the surface of various patches

it was love at first stitch


about that time i decided the cloth wasn't patchy enough, and far too beigey-grey, so I added a few scraps of blue-grey here and there


the bit below is my favourite place on the cloth - a faint blue and grey striped fabric with pale chain stitches, stitched in pairs, resembling leaves


other stitching commitments caused me to set the cloth aside yet again but the other day, whilst looking for something else, I happened upon it again...

and began to surround one of the added patches with tiny cross-stitches... love, love, love this look


practicing seed stitch with a variegated thread


another patch of blue


varying textures


a heart cut out for some long-forgotten, long-gone project left this behind

 like an echo, don't you think?

I like that idea...


cretan stitch in blue minor 
{aka "pale"}


I take out almost as many stitches as I put in - it's always a struggle to get the reality of the piece to take the shape of what I see in my mind's eye, but I am gaining ground 


and though I still have no straight path forward, I am loving doing what I know to be right at the moment

this is one where the journey is the goal 

the finished cloth?

well, that's the bonus


7 comments:

Butterfliesandfaeries said...

"The journey as the goal". Perfect! I love your work and appreciate the thought process explained. I rather like the idea of a project taken on for its own sake, without an end in mind or a goal to reach. It seems a lovely luxury in this goal driven world. I look forward to seeing "The Journey " unfold.

Elizabeth said...

It looks fabulous Jillayne ... keep on travelling!

Marj Talbot said...

A true joy to read of your "journey" and again see your lovely stitching. Today's rain a perfect time for stitching. Sure glad we flew home yesterday not today. Thanks for sharing once again.

gracie said...

I love this piece....beautiful.

Rachel said...

We can really see how you are enjoying this - luxuriating in stitchery!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

That's all any of us who stitch can do - just love doing what you know to be right at the moment (I love that, btw). I'm a firm believer (despite not having a lot of UFO's) that certain projects will come to the light when the time is right...obviously this one is ready for some time in the sun...maybe to be completed....and maybe not.

Createology said...

I missed this post while Mr. C and I were unplugging and packing and moving out of California. After three very long and stressful years we are finally where we wan to be in our forever home. The Journey of your bits and pieces of cloth and beautiful stitchings is a true labor of love. What a lovely creation you are birthing. Blessings Dear...<3