Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Pillows Pillows

Oh, I haven't blogged in a long time.  So much has been going on.  But in between there have been PILLOWS.

I did this quite ordinary one, pretty though, for my sister-in-law.  The embroidery alone took a long time to do.


Then I had to get a little crazy of course, because I do call my pillows Crazy Pillows.  

D had warped his loom with some lovely linen and I had some gold thread, so I started with this:

I made a kind of grid.   Some time ago, from Paris, I received a vintage cloth with birds on it in a lovely blue.  The grid just kind of found its way on top of one of the birds.  

The snapshot doesn't show the real color.  It's a vibrant blue.  Because the bird was behind bars, I added some free standing birds...

Only I cut them out more substantially and then glued them in place where they could look in.  I don't have a picture of the finished project.  It seems a little oppressive to me.  Usually I gift my crazy pillows, but because of the nature of this one, it didn't seem appropriate.  It is lovely though, in the study.

The current Crazy Pillow is for my granddaughter and is not oppressive at all.

I started with this:

It's a design from Austria from a book that my daughter and I got on our Memory trip there.

I added a calico that I'm french-knotting the heck out of:

And then, again from Paris, I had vintage laundry tape with her initials on it.  Wow.  Does that pop against the blue!  I only have 10 more rows of initials to put on.

I like the blue and the red and the freshness of it all.  

This is when the fun begins.  I have to have it ready in a couple of weeks.  Then I'm beginning a CP with all roses on it.  Already excited.  That is, after I finish a huge sweater project for my grown nephew.  Ahhhh.


  1. Well, you certainly NEED to post some more pictures of that wonderful crazy pillow of captive and freed birds: want to see it in total! The details - and the concept as well - sound lovely.

    I'll be sure and forward this link to Pat so she can see your creative work too.

    Hugs from cousin K.

  2. So glad you're blogging again!!!! :)