Thursday, March 28, 2013

seeing stars

last night i went for a walk
it was late, after nine already and the air was crisp

the night was dark, the full moon gone 
even the streetlamps seemed dimmer than usual

when i walk, for the first 20 minutes i am in my head
not really noticing anything around me
lost in thought... what i've been doing, what i'm going to do - the usual sort of stuff

and as the noise in my head gets quieter, the world creeps in
and that's usually when i look up

last night when i looked up, the sky was awash with stars
glittering, twinkling, so many that the sky truly shimmered
it was amazing!

and when i came home, i sat down and did this...

no metallic threads here, no shimmer or glimmer
just my own little constellation of softly coloured stars and snowflakes

in my usual palette of blue-grey and whitish-greyish-beige, like greige, only whiter
with clusters and clumps of french knots up above, and in between, on each scallop of lace, an elongated smyrna cross

 stitched on a piece cut from an old damask napkin, and layered with bits and pieces of old, discarded linens that i am re-working into something new

 this is a new section for my wrapping cloth and so far, it's my favourite!


Createology said...

I see a beautiful moonlit night in your newest section of stitching on your wrapping cloth. Pure bliss! Each stitch sewn with love and patience. Ethereally blissful! I adore your color griege. Creative Hearts are Happy Hearts Dear...

Bead and Needle said...

HEAVY sigh...this is just SOOOOOOOOO beautiful! I'm glad you weren't walking in a forest of trees, though I'm sure the results would be just as lovely! Happy Friday, Jillayne...back from Denver, and looking forward to catching up on reading

Diane Kelsey said...

So beautiful, and such a wonderful momento of the evening's sights.

Wendy said...

oh Jillayne, that's just beautiful, so simple but so beautiful.

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Jillayne,
Your walk truly inspired you in positive ways. Your creation is gorgeous. I just love your stitch work and the combination of elements and soft color is beautiful. You make it look so easy and all because you looked up and the rest just followed. You are amazing and a great talent!!

Wishing you a Happy Easter.
Hugs, CM

lynn said...

what a beautiful way to create something that touched your soul.. i know its amazing how when out of the blue something strikes your heart and in its simplicity.. is more gorgeous than all the colors and sparkles you could use.. this is so gorgeous.. i love the snowflakes and the little french knots.. thank you for showing us to look at the beauty around us.. as always sending much love and hugs your way..
have a Blessed Easter
big ladybug hugs

Heather said...

Stunning! ....absolutely stunning! Cheers~

Mosaic Magpie said...

It is amazing where inspiration strikes us. I love the cadence of the piece, each stitch seems to add another note to your beautiful song.

Dorthe said...

Dear Jillayne, you create one stunning piece after the other-
How very beaytiful, you have added the wonderful star sky you saw on your walk to this amazing section of the wrapping cloth.It is gorgeous, dear.
Happy Easter Jillayne-

karen said...

these stitches have no need of shimmer....they are stunning as they are.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

My only wish is that I could sit longer at the computer, hurt back and all.

Gorgeous embroidery.


Marj Talbot said...

Just got back from a fantastic campout and what a treat to see. As usual it's gorgeous - the combination of stitches - it's truly wonderful. Thanks for sharing and hope you had a great and Happy Easter.

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Jillayne,
So nice to visit and view your lovely work once again. The stitches and design are truly gorgeous. You always inspire.

Thank you for stopping by to visit and your kind comments.
Wishing you a great weekend.
Happy Creating.
Hugs, CM