Wednesday, August 22, 2012

A Pillow in the Making

The lovely Laura Gunn recently sent me a charm pack of her soon to be released line Cosmos. I'll admit that coming up with an idea for the fabric had me stumped for a bit. Laura has a beautiful water color style to her fabrics but most of these are done with a large scale print. So working with a 5" x 5" piece of each print had me thinking.


Cosmos Fabric




I wanted to do something that showed off the organic nature of her designs and also the intense colors in the prints. I foolishly miscalculated on my first attempt at a plan ( a + pillow design) and realized that I would need more fabric than I had...which I couldn't get. So I scrapped that idea...tried out a few more... and then finally realized that I should do a raw edge applique pillow. Why? Who knows why. The fabric spoke and I listened.


Then it didn't take at all long to realize that I what I wanted to make had been done well by others already and I followed their lead. (AKA I copied their ideas! lol) So my pillow in progress is COMPLETELY inspired by Jolene's and Brioni's pillows. And here is mine.


Cosmos Pillow and hand embroidery




I did varying degrees of zig zag stitching around the petals that I just hand cut to have a similar shape to the other ladies' pillows. I used some steam - a - seam lite to hold those petals in place while sewed them all on. And I used the fabrics that had the most saturation in color because I really wanted them pop off the fabulous neutral texty background. A little hand back stitch gives it final touch.


Cosmos Pillow




Obviously I'm not done...this is just the pillow front. But I'll throw the rest of it together pretty quickly I hope and soon have a new pillow for one of the guest beds! A big thanks to Laura for letting me play with her pretty fabrics. I love this kind of challenge!



14 comments:

  1. Lovely pillow... and fabric! I adore the blue fabric with red flowers/black stems.

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  2. Love the whole high/low value aspect of this, it's fab!

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  3. Looks great! I love the look of those brights on the light background fabrics. Such a cute pattern - I'll have to remember this one.

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  4. I LOVE THIS! Thanks for sending me the link. Made my day.

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  5. Oh my I am SO excited! I didn't know she had new fabrics coming out, and there is a poppy fabric, oh my, now maybe I can stand to cut up the poppy fabric I have been hoarding :)

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  6. Lots of red and aqua always makes me happy, love your work.

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  7. So stunning! Love those fabrics with the low volume background.

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  8. This is going to be beautiful!

    Deborah
    homemakerhoney @gmail .com

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  9. this is fabulous and shows the fabrics off perfectly

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  10. This is so pretty! I love the little details... sometimes you don't need to reinvent the wheel!

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