No creative titles today, folks. (Or correctly spelled ones, apparently. Blogging with a kitty crawling on the keyboard is tricky…)
Now that Christmas is safely past, I can start sharing details about the gifts that I made.
I can also tell you everything that you might ever want to know about iron-on vinyl.
But, let’s do that later.
These are the embroidered pillows I made for my Mom.
I used some faux linen from Jo-Ann’s. I had planned on getting the real linen, but I really liked the texture of the “linen look” fabric better. I would never, ever dream of making any sort of garment from this (it’s very bulky), but it works for decor.
I already briefly mentioned my process for creating the coral pattern here; I’ll still refrain from hashing out all the details. I used a split stitch for both, using double rows for the outline. I attempted to use a satin stitch for the one that I filled in, but I didn’t like the look of it. Using the split stitch to fill creates a nice texture, no?
I decided not to use a zipper, choosing rather to overlap two pieces in the back (is there a name for this?) because I thought it would be easier.
It was not.
Especially since I really wanted to line the pillows and in the end couldn’t figure out how to do it with the overlapping. If I’d used a zipper, it would have been SO EASY. But, alas for me. . .
A quick word about pillow corners: I don’t know how to do them. I got a little closer on my second try, but my first. . .
The second time, I snipped my cording a lot more at the corners and went for a more rounded look. I could have done a little more, because these still look. . . odd.
But, Mom was happy with them and now I need a new embroidery project. After working on those for a few weeks (yeah, it took that long), I got into the habit of embroidering before bed and now I miss it. So, I’ve an idea to create a whole wall of embroidered art in my bedroom. I think it will be quite lovely when I’m done.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas or other holiday 🙂 I suppose it’s customary at this time of year to write some sort of reflective “Year in Review” post. We’ll see. . .
Stay warm out there (or cool, depending on your hemisphere)! I wish I had some beautiful snowscape pictures to show you, but it’s been nothing but clouds and wind and rain here for the past few days.
Oh well–there’s still some Christmas Neville!