Hindsight is one of those things I wish I could capture in a pretty scented sachet and give as gifts to everyone who touches my life for the better.
Lately, for me personally, hindsight has opened my eyes to who I am and what naturally inspires me, and it's also allowed me to step forward by reclaiming my past.
Mmm...that's quite a lot to chew over isn't it?
Let me explain.
When I began hand stitching in 2005, I wanted to make everything I saw. My attention was captured by the technique and ability to make something wonderful with my own two hands! I really didn't give a thought to what my preferred style was; the need within me was to learn and make 'any' patchwork or stitchery, just so long as I learned new skills and had something to show at the end.
By 2009 the confidence I'd gained over the previous few years now extended to sketching my own designs, and over the following year a natural delight in all things shabby, pretty, and roses bloomed in my creative heart.
I'm blessed to say that I can 'almost' make a design from any directive. My editors here in Australia at Express Publications regularly ask me for a particular project, and though it may twist and turn my creative cells for a day or two, generally I can come up with the goods - even if it's not my style or colour scheme. I am blessed to be able to do that. Really blessed, as that is me working for my bread and butter!
But, I think by doing that on a consistent basis, I have somehow lost my way with what previously came naturally to my fingers when a pencil and sketchbook were on my lap.
My God given bestie, Fee, has been a confidante; a mentor at times; both little sis and big sis depending on who needs the shoulder; and the one who has recently been encouraging and pushing me back to my designing roots. She has heard the wearying tones of my thoughts, and in love for me, spoken up.
Issue 15 of Elefantz HOME is me coming back to the designer I was and who I am and who I want to always be.
Pretty, shabby, roses, wordy, stitchy, Jenny.
Project 1 ~ Smile
I had a torn vintage handkerchief, but the fabric was so fine and luxurious to touch, that I used the good half as my stitchery background for this 'Smile' cushion. The soft floral background fabric was a gift from Fee , and the mother of pearl button a gift from another lovely friend, Jeanette, in a swap a couple of years ago.
Project 2 ~ Family in a Hoop
The actual stitchery is one I drew years ago, and originally it was much larger, and had no applique. This time around I've appliqued the word, and a border. The 6" hoop has been wrapped with organza ribbon. So pretty...
Project 3 ~ Family & Friends
This gorgeous design is bordered and bound with 60 year old lace. I collect old laces and love using them in my projects. There is an abundance of seed beads, colonial knots, applique and chain stitch in this wall hanging. It's time consuming to make, but ooooohhh, the final result is sublime!
(I will be selling a limited number of kits to make "Family & Friends", complete with the 60 year old lace, all beads, fabrics and threads! I'll let you know when they are ready to purchase.)
Bonus Project ~ Block 2, Mary, from A Christmas Story Quilt
Over 9 months I am sharing one block from this favourite quilt of mine in each issue. Last month was Angel.
I have also decided that even if you are not a subscriber to Elefantz HOME, I should make each issue available as a single $4 AUD purchase during the current issue month for those who would like to simply purchase an individual issue. Ok?
I'll set all that up for those who are interested later in the month.
This coming issue also has a guest designer, my generous and talented friend, Dawn Hay from "As Sweet As Cinnamon". I'll share a peek of her design in another week or so. In the meantime please drop by her blog HERE and say hi.
So friends, I invite you to sit back and really enjoy Jenny being Jenny again. I know I am happily excited about what's ahead for Elefantz.
(Thanks Fee. xx)
PS: Tomorrow on my blog...what to do with doilies! \o/