Friday, February 8, 2008

Exciting things to come

Once we graduate, Christopher has so generously designed a contest for us. The contest will be judged by some very well known artists in the sewing world. This is so exciting for all of us. As we get closer, I will keep you updated.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Desert Turquoise

My latest project is the Desert Turquoise or DT. Again even more techniques were learned. It is so amazing to me how the fabric takes on a totally different look when "punched". It actually makes a satin look like stones. It is fun to watch that transformation. I had the best time making the fringe from different type yarns - you cannot always find the right color trim so you have to make your own. The easiest way is with a fringe maker. I think I got a little carried away with the fringe but I loved the way it added so much to the pillow. I am looking forward to my next project which I will be sure and share with you.

RA Pillow

My next project was the RA pillow. This pillow is much larger than the HOC and can definately stand on it's own. There were alot of different techniques to master making this pillow. I was not as accurate as I could have been on my first attempt with applying the candlelight cords and the top stitching, so I had to start over. I learned that practice is the key to making these pillows look as good as they do. The free motion stitching with gold metallic thread over the gold lame was really a challange for me. This took many practice circles before I felt that I did it correctly but it was worth it. I think this RA pillow makes a statement.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

My Harem of Color Pillow

I wanted to share my first completed pillow with all of you - my Harem of Color or HOC. I enjoyed making this pillow so much. Finding all of those "fancy fabrics" and making sure the colors flowed together to make it pleasing to the eye. The Angelina fibers covering the punched fabrics gave the fabrics a totally different look - richer looking. It took alot of practice to master the top stitching but it was worth it. Overall I had a great time making this pillow and was very pleased with the end result.