Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 and is filed under Latest Projects
Every once in awhile you get the chance to make something really fun and fabulous. Recently I was afforded this opportunity when a client purchased an old pillow from a local thrift store for a mere $3.00. She could see the time and love that someone had once put into this piecework and envisioned bringing it back to life. After a delicate hand wash and deconstruction, this is what we had to work with; a bright and intricately crocheted 18″ square in yellow, cream and orange.
So many different stitches and textures. Someone spent alot of time creating this art canvas!
After thinking it over for a bit, I decided the easiest way to recreate this into a pillow was to applique it first to another fabric, then border it somehow to hide the fraying fabric canvas used to attach the crocheted thread to. After scouring several sites and stores, I decided on a 7/8″ woven hemp tape in orange by D’Kei trims. It complimented the color scheme and stayed true to the textural theme of the piece.
First I baste-stitched the pillow to a fleece type fabric in cream, then applied two-sided tape to the trim. Once the border was in place, I stitched the trim in place using a zipper foot.
Next, I opted to insert a zipper into the back of the pillow, as this stitching was delicate, and if it ever needed to be cleaned again it would most certainly be easier to do so if the insert was removable.
Once the zipper was sewn into the back of the pillow, I carefully sewed to front to back, leaving a small amount of fabric past the orange trim (one more small border
After turning the whole thing inside out, I tacked the trim by hand where it needed it, just to make sure the border was sewn securely all the way around the pillow.
My customer was pleased with the end result. Here is the pillow in it’s new home!
“Love the pillow- this is the chair it will call home eventually 🙂 Thanks again!” – Lorraine F.
Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 and is filed under Latest Projects
Recently I was asked by a decorator to add “memory stitching” in the hems of a set of sheer pinch pleat panels we constructed for a client in the Barton Creek area of Austin, Texas. I had no idea at that point what “memory stitching” actually was. After posting the question on a workroom forum, and several comments later, I still was not sure. Turns out a “memory stitch” is a long running stitch that is sewn to the top of the hem at the stitch line that is knotted on either side of the fold. The threads between the fold are each the exact length of the distance between the pleats at the top of the panel (pleat spacing), so that when the curtain is closed, the pleats hang perfectly and hold an even fullness.
Here are a few photos of the finished product. This is a close up of what the stitching looks like from the underside of the drapery panel. Thread is doubled through the needle and knotted, run through the panel, then knotted on either end, etc.
As you can see, the panel hangs with perfect spacing between the folds when closed. We used a double 5″ hem on the panels.
Just another view from top to bottom of the drapery hanging with even fullness on the rod. It’s never too late to learn something new!!
Monday, April 21st, 2014 and is filed under Latest Projects
The French Country style has always been a favorite of mine, so I was excited when a client approached me wanting to do soft fabric shades for her French country home. She selected a beautiful Greenhouse Designs linen print in sea foam greens, tans, golds and chocolates. We decided on the relaxed London shade style for the kitchen window above the sink and constructed this first. This shade creates fullness by the addition of 20” of fabric to the finished length of the window so that when the shade is not drawn it will still contain gathers at the
base. We added a one inch box-pleated ruffle to the bottom of this shade for some extra punch!
When we moved on to the breakfast room, we decided to change it up a bit to the flat roman shade style. When I constructed these shades wooden slats were inserted along each row of rings for added weight, durability, and to help the pleats “memorize” their folds. Once the shades were finished, we decided to add a bit of flair and made
the same type of box-pleated ruffles for the bottom edge, only this time using burlap. The results were just adorable!