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Pretty Pillow!!!

I continue to have fun with embroidery!!!  It’s something that I can work on for a bit, put down and then pick up again and work some more.  I’ve really enjoyed stitching so many different stitches.  Figuring out which stitches to place where was quite the challenge!  I don’t consider myself an embroidery expert, but I continue to learn and improve with every project!!!

My latest project has been a pillow.  This pillow has colors that will work in my living room, bedroom or outside porch (it’s covered and protected).  I don’t think it will end up on the porch because it’s too special for that casual atmosphere.

When I talked to our youngest daughter about making an embroidered pillow, she quickly pointed me to Anthropology, Pier 1 Imports and World Market – all of which have cute embroidered pillows that are just a little more trendy and stylish.  I loved the idea!  So, that’s what I went with.

Choosing a word to stitch proved to be a little more of a challenge – I wanted it to say something that resonated with me and not phrases that would go out of vogue in a few years (you know, “Farmhouse”, etc. – I don’t live in a farmhouse!).

I ended up with BLESSED – because I am reminded each and every day how blessed I am!!!

I was able to find the perfect trim at Hobby Lobby.  Thank goodness!!!  We’re living in a fabric store desert here with only HL and JoAnn’s.  I chose a simple rope design with all the right colors.  I felt that tassels, hanging bobbles and such would take away from the embroidery.

I used some beautiful Ulster linen but machine washed and dried it first to give it a lived-in look.  This was a plus for many reasons.  Now the pillow cover can be washed if needed.  It also allowed me to use wash away markers on the fabric – a definitely bonus.  And it softened up the fabric, making it easier to embroider.

I have to thank my sewing friends – Angela and Margaret – both of whom helped me when I ran into construction problems with the cording.  The cording was so stiff that I had real problems getting it attached properly.  Angela had great advice, pointed me to a great tutorial on finishing the ends of the cording and let me know what type of foot and machine would work best for the sewing.  Margaret  had the right equipment and was local and willing to help me out.  I’m blessed to have such wonderful sewing friends both far and near!!!  Aren’t sewing friends the best!!!

I’m busy writing up the instructions for all of the embroidery and sewing of this pillow and hope that it will be a class that students will enjoy taking!

I’m not sure what I’ll be stitching next.  I’ll ponder that over the weekend.  I hope everyone has a lovely weekend!!!

Pretty Pillow

This past week I’ve been busy getting ready for the Sewing At The Beach retreat.  I’m so thrilled to have been asked to teach at this event.  One of the classes I’ll be teaching is a North American smocking technique – otherwise known as fabric manipulation – on a sweet halter top.

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I recognize that not everyone sews for little girls, so it had been my earnest desire to make another sample that was on a pillow.  I could see this on pillows made in a variety of fabrics.  Silk is one that comes to mind.  I have yet to try this on silk.

However, I did make the time to do the smocking on a piece for a pillow, using the same white sateen fabric as I used for the top.  I finished up the pillow and am quite pleased with the results.  Of course, the pillow was much more smocking than the halter top!

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So now I have something to show with this interesting technique that anyone could make.  If I had more time, I’d be bringing samples of the technique on different fabrics.  But alas, I am making up some last-minute kits, so that’s not possible at this time.  Maybe next time.  🙂

I head to the beach tomorrow and will be there for a week.  I know this will be a fun event and I’ll be sharing it with many other women that love all types of sewing and needlework.  Hope to see some of you there!!!