Friday, April 18, 2008

home dec 101

More models for some classes I'll be teaching this summer - Lined Valances 101 and Pillow Covers 101. The printed fabric is from Amy Butler's Nigella upholstery weight line.

The large motif on this pattern lent itself nicely to the windowpane effect.

The pillow class will be based on the book, Oh Sew Easy Pillows: 29 Projects for Stylish Living by Jean & Valori Wells.

I'm especially pleased with how the decorative stitching turned out on this one. It's metallic thread (which I normally wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole - not really my style) on silk dupioni. Instead of using a regular stitch which wouldn't really be thick enough to show up, I used a stitch on my machine that goes over each spot three times before moving on to the next stitch in the seam. It worked perfectly. I really need to remember to use this more for embellishment. It's a lot faster than hand embroidering when I don't have the time for handwork.

All three pillows have a basic overlap closure in back.


Carol said...

That pillow is such a cool idea. can't see the second 2 photos.

Carol said...

oops, just didn't load or something. beautiful group.

blackbird said...

I keep coming here because YOU ARE MY FRIEND and I WANT to see what you make every day. Got it? GOOD.