Tuesday, June 29, 2010

PillowVision (Pic heavy!)

So I've had visions of pillows in my head.....

Remember the stars? and the red ticking stripe? I picked up some saturated red cording trim...


Ready for assembly!!

I've had a very very longstanding vision of a couple other pillows. I picked these fruit needlepoint canvases up on Ebay a very very very long time ago for $7.99....


Only the fruits were stitched, so I got some black wool and stitched the backgrounds. And then they went on the blocking board. Where they hung. and hung. and hung. for years. YEARS! I had a vision...of a lovely tapestry fabric...dripping trims...and two lovely pillows. And yet..the needlepoint remained hanging on the blocking board.

Enter girls junkin' day with my friend, blogless Kimm. We went to one of our favorite haunts and I kept being drawn to this.


A pillow cover. .99 cents. The color was wonderful...and it had fruit all over it...lovely. I left it hanging. We were getting ready to leave and it caught my eye again. Kimm asked if I would put a pillow form in it or what (because we like to bounce ideas off of each other before purchasing things). I said I really liked the colors...and that I could CUT IT UP! And use it to frame out my fruit NEEDLEPOINTS! She concurred that for .99 cents...it was a good purchase regardless of if it worked for the needlepoints. It was a buck. So I bought it.

And it worked!!!

I picked up interfacing, drippy fringe...


and today...I got busy!


I was giddy as I was framing these out.


The pillow cover fabric is PERFECT!!!


I wanted a more elaborate trim treatment..so I coupled the green chenille fringe with the saturated red cording. A little tricky sewing...


but it all worked out!


I love them!


I took an old flattened down bed pillow and sewed two parallel seams. Then I cup up the center and had to squishy pillow forms! Perfect! Because I really like squishy pillows!


I took another down bed pillow and used it as the pillow form for the stars & stripes pillow!


I just did the simple red cording on this one. I love it!!

I did the overlap back treatment on all of these so they can be easily laundered. The dogs, ya know.


Of course certain house inhabitants felt the need to suggest that perhaps the fruit pillows do not 'match' with the stars & stripes pillow. PSHAW! They all have the same red neutral! They're FINE, I say!

And just in time for the Independence Day holiday, and the rest of summer!


I think they all say 'casual'....and anyway...my intent was not for them to all be arranged TOGETHER on the same sofa...but heck..I think they work anyway.

PillowVision is complete!

NEEEEEXT!!!!!!

*Peace!

14 comments:

Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

Your little needlepoint pillows are quite elegant with all the trim details!!! Very nice!! I was anxious to see what 'drippy fringe' is and now I know!!! Good job!!

Margaret said...

Absolutely smashing! I love them all together too! That fabric for the needlepoint pillows is just perfect! And they really look great with the patriotic pillow. Love the trim work you did too! Better than I could do, that's for sure!

Myra said...

I love them! How cool that you found the perfect fabric for the fruit pieces at .99 cents.

Cari said...

Beautiful...you go girl. Lovely.... you certainly have a knack for design and execution. Perhaps the next HGTV Design Star!! :)

Deb said...

Wow Kim - all those pillows came out fantastic. Love the fabric - and such a great deal at .99, and how you were able to cut it up and use it with that great trim. YGG. I can't wait to see what else you come up with this week!

Laurie in Iowa said...

The fabric for the fruit pillows is fantastic. You did good!

Kathie said...

oh my I LOVE that red pillow cover fabric....wow
beautiful
great pillows
great choice for the needlepoint pillows
great flag pillow...so nice for this time of year!
Kathie

Lauralee @ The Eclectic Stitcher said...

Kim, I love them ~ the fabric was perfect! Haven't done needlepoint before, but it should be simple, right? Just half cross stitches? Anyway, great job ;o)

Loraine said...

Awesome pillows! You found the perfect fabric, and at a buck...those were a real bargain! Good job.

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

I want to grow up to be just like you and Deb one day. Finishers extrodinaire!! The pillows are fab but oh my gosh, those needlepoint pillows are just gorgeous. Well done, Kim!!!

Michelle said...

Love love love how your fruit pillows came out - that fabric is perfect! And I never thought of cutting a regular pillow in half - what a great idea!!! Your stars & stripes pillow is perfect for the 4th - love the trim you used.

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Great assortment - and I LOVE red - especially with gold/yellow! Next vision?

K-G Knitter said...

I love your pillows!

Cari-in-VA said...

Kim, your pillows are just gorgeous! Your choice of fabric and fringe is perfect. (I'm slowly catching up on my blogging!)

Enjoy your quiet evening in this 4th of July. We are headed out to watch the fireworks shortly.