I mean, I like it but I’m not sure about its visual pop in my living room. I’m making it to go on an all white chair (which is in too much darkness to photograph at all realistically) and just feel like it is going to disappear. Here are some photos of my living room generally so you can see the overall color scheme. A lot of turquoise, dark brown and bright white.
In any event, I suppose I could just finish this pillow and keep it on the couch. The contrast would pop a lot there. Alternatively – for the white chair – I could swap out the white around the red crewel work piece and use that same color for around the squares (not shown yet) for an easy fix… perhaps hot pink? Orange? I just don’t know. Color is something I am just learning about and getting better at. I can’t tell if a bold color would be cool or just make my head explode. Any artists or other quilters out there have an opinion on this? Thanks!
You will recall this beauty I sewed up the other night:
Yup. That sucker is upside down. Instead of peace, I’m promoting… something else. War? Google results are unclear. In any event, I’m feeling like I should rip it and flip it. I’m using another square of it in the red pillow – that one I caught in time and sewed it directionally correctly. So do I fix this one? Will my inner perfectionist be able to overlook this GLARING ERROR now that I know it is there?
*checks in with gut*
Off to get the seam ripper….
Not the greatest photo as it makes the squares look crooked (they are straighter than this/straight enough) but I’m very pleased with this.
Love the fabrics. Next up will be to add some batting to the back and straight line quilt it. I have no backing material yet for the pillow so I’m moving on to piecing Pillow 2 – which is a red combination. Here’s a sneak peak:
Republished so you can see pictures!
As those of you following know, I am in love with Katherine Shaughnessy’s New Crewel. I finished this up while visiting my Mom a couple weeks ago. It’s not yet ironed so I’ll just show off my work but the fabric square is a much larger piece with this design offset into the corner. My thought is to make a bunch of the crewel designs from her books as ‘squares’ and incorporate them into a larger project.. a quilt maybe? I’m unsure, but for now, I enjoy the projects so I’ll sew first and figure that part out later.
It’s hard for me to get these looking ‘clean’ but I’m getting better:
For now, my birthday is tomorrow, and my Mom gave me some cash for ‘fun.’ Definitely getting some more crewel supplies. Fun!
My Mom’s birthday was this weekend (today!) and I decided to go fully home made for her gifts. She got a tin of bows and then a date book (my gift to her every year), this year covered in silk-ribbon embroidery.
I used River Silks 4mm Silk Ribbon in various colors (purchased at City Quilter) and lilac 1/2″ Organza ribbon from M&J Trimmings. I found the wider ribbon a little tough to work with but overall I love the look of it. I improvised the design and was really pleased with how it came out. The base of the cover is black acetate – a scrap from a skirt of an old recital dress – backed with medium weight fusible interfacing so I could sew it without it sliding off the sewing machine and also to give it a little heft so it laid well on the book.
Here’s a close up.
Changes for next time: I think perhaps if I were more careful, I could have reduced the amount of puckering. Who knows, maybe not? Also, I think using some beads on a project like this would mix it up a bit.
Still, I’m quite pleased with it and she seemed to really like it. Additionally, my stepfather and sister really liked the bows. May have to make more for Xmas/Chanukah gifts!