Thursday, April 24, 2014

daffy down dilly

rummaging for something to work on this morning whilst i had a few extra minutes, i came upon my snippety bit daffodil embroidery transfer piece from a few posts ago

gathering together the fabrics and thread, i spied my new art journal book propped against a table leg

bought a few weeks back, today seemed like a good day to begin

this book will sit open on my worktable all the time
and a smaller version will travel with me on holidays, the pages removed and placed in the main one upon returning home

ideas, it seems, are not bound by geography, and come to me all along the way...

below is a badly focused view of the latest flower

the pieces are tiny, and they dance and jump and twirl about as i try to sew them down

i filled in this second flower, working from top to bottom, as with the first

they're like "floral scales"

this was exactly as far as i got before i began to wonder how the snippets would look in larger pieces, how one might define petals more

 so, i did what i intended to do all along

i set my embroidery to the side and began cutting larger snippety-bits, and played

 a little bit of double-sided tape and they were stuck down in no time, notes added

now i won't forget...

 pondering how to approach the largest flower, i knew i didn't want to use snippets - i was thinking i would like it to be more open, with just a suggestion of colour, keeping the transfer lines visible

referencing back to the source

 i've laid in a few, and added stems

tonight i'll add white bullion knots to the rope, keeping them within the white space
allowing the transfer lines to show yet again

thinking about the flower centre...

i'm thinking this might be a narcissus?

not much on which flower is which... but i was wishing these were daffodils

all afternoon "daffy down dilly" has been running through my noggin

 and of course, one of my favourites by wm. wordsworth,


Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

You have the patience of a saint and the skill of a surgeon to play with these little snippets of fabric! Love the effect Jillayne and your new art journal is a wonderful place to keep your inspirations and ideas. I love that poem by Wordsworth as well and those last two lines just graced an ATC I made last month :O)

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Your creative talents know no end! I always come here and get inspired.

Happy Creating ~ FlowerLady

Marj Talbot said...

Perfect - narcissus - my patience bank would be overdrawn trying to do what you do. I like that you included some of your own handwriting - it adds a personal touch - really nice.

Mosaic Magpie said...

The idea of keeping an art journal to document not only the ideas but the process of creation is great. We often will think back on a project only to remember, we don't remember how we did it. Your journal will not only be helpful to you, but also to whomever is it's next owner some years from now....your work will go on and on.

Dorthe said...

Dear Jillayne,
you have so many wonderful ideas alwayes, and whats more, you take them to life , and don`t just keep them in your head.
That is so inspirering to see your results, and read your thoughts,-
thank you for that.
Your new experiments looks so lovely, and the journal is a great idea!

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Jillayne, Once again you work your creative magic on beauty. Love this design and the way you use snippets of fabric. Love reading your thoughts as you create.
Such a wonderful way to journal your art!
Have a great weekend.

Createology said...

What a delightful process you are experiencing. A journal to record your ideas, trials, samples and prospects will become your favored treasure as you refer back to it many times over the years. Your tiny little scissor and tweezer snippets are making lovely flowers with your tutelage. Creative Bliss Abounds With You Dear...

karen said...

I love to imagine these tiny snippets twirling and dancing...thank you for giving me that happy image!