Wednesday, October 7, 2015

A New Dreamcatcher Pillow : :

With the welcoming of Fall came a stretch of rainy overcast days, with dark and cozy mornings perfect for all the sewing I've been doing, but not so great for picture-taking. I've been trying to share little snippets of all the things I've been making for Quilt Market, taking just quick iPhone snaps for Instagram and Facebook.

Instagram Collage

But since I've never been a fan of reposting Instagram photos into the blog, I best get my act together and start taking good photos before sundown, rather than hoping to each morning before I post. Starting today!

This next pillow features a "sketch stitching" I recently did of the dreamcatcher motif found in my Fleet & Flourish Gentle Mantle print. It must be preparing for Quilt Market, the excitement of releasing a new fabric collection, or a combination of both, that brings this kind of creativity out of me. Just like last year, recreating my favorite designs with fabrics and colorful stitching is at the top of my to-make list!

Dreamcatcher Pillow

Gentle Mantle Dreamcatcher

To begin I simply traced a plate with a Hera Tool, marking a center circle onto a new AGF solid in Turmeric basted to a layer of cotton batting. With black Autifil thread I traced the circle and from there stitched out the rest of my drawing, before adding in the rest of the colors, decorative stitching, and details. This kind of embroidery is all freeform and is all about fun! Although I had my original dreamcatcher sketch close by to reference, it's not exact, and that's good. I love having the freedom to make little changes as I sew!

Dreamcatcher Beginning

Feathers!

Janome + Aurifil

Pillow Details

The theme of Fleet & Flourish and my Quilt Market space is Romantic Bohemian. To me that means lots of layers and textures, colors and prints, lace and embroidery. I hope this pillow represents that well!

Crochet Details

Dreamcatcher Pillow

I'll be back soon with more Fleet & Flourish finishes! Thanks for stopping by!! ♡ Maureen

20 comments:

  1. This is a lovely pillow for your new collection. I love the special embroidery touches, and that super saturated yellow!

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    1. I started second guessing the yellow about halfway into it, but I'm glad I kept going. I think it's really fun and unique!

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  2. This is a lovely pillow for your new collection. I love the special embroidery touches, and that super saturated yellow!

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  3. Seriously, I need to slow down on my bigger projects and just minimize, concentrate, and get creative in a smaller space - this pillow is beyond great.

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  4. I loved your first line of fabric and I'm excited about this new line too! The pillow is beautiful. I'm amazed by what you can "draw" with your sewing machine.

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  5. I absolutely love the pillow. The stand out of the saturated yellow makes the embroidery work pop. I love that you used a larger version of detail in your fabric, and that being free hand in incredible. You questioned the yellow and yet that's what draws me in. I'm not as sure about the stark white doily in the middle. I might have dyed it one of the blues or greens. But that pillow is fabulous and will make a huge statement at the quilt market.

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  6. You continue to amaze us with your talent!!

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  7. Gorgeous! Love everything about it but those feathers are just amazing! =D

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  8. Beautiful fabric. Beautiful threadwork. Beautiful design.

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  9. Your work always amazes me, just beautiful!

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  10. Oh WOW!! Beautiful pillow. You have quite the knack for knowing what goes together. Great job.

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  11. Your dream catcher pillow is absolutely beautiful.

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  12. Love your dream catcher pillow! It's beautiful

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  13. Great article and right to the point. I don’t know if this is in fact the best place to ask but do you people have any ideea where to employ some professional writers? Thank you

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