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« on: February 07, 2009 09:48:57 AM »

The pillow:

My mother is an interior decorator and loves embroidered pillows. She especially likes this one company that makes pillows with chain stitch embroidery in designs reminiscent of artists like Miro or Matisse. These pillows can be a bit pricey, so we have only two of them. I decided to make her another one for her birthday and Christmas (same day).

I had never done any of this sort of embroidery before, so I decided to start early. I began planning the design in August. Matisse is her favorite artist, so at first I was going to do a cut-out style design like one of the pillows we already have. Then, I saw this painting:

It's perfect because it's almost square, and it's definitely more interesting to embroider than abstract shapes. I traced the image onto a grid, made a grid on my pillow fabric, and went from there.

I'm glad I started early, because I ended up finishing the project two weeks after Christmas. I made the design into a pillow cover and sewed a pillow for the inside, too. That way, the cover can be ironed if it gets warped.

Here are some details:

When I finally gave the pillow to my mother, she loved it. She has rearranged the pillows on our couch so that mine gets prime placement. She won't even let anyone sit on it.
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« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2009 09:54:49 AM »

This is amazing! Such attention to detail! I think I'd be nuts if I chainstitched that much! Your pillow is even better than the boughten ones!

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« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2009 09:55:44 AM »

omg that is truly amazing! I thought it was Matisse fabric from the thumbnail, and I was in love!
Your stitching is gorgeous and perfect! I WANT that pillow!

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« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2009 10:01:35 AM »

Wow!  You have created a true work of art!  I want it too.

« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2009 10:18:01 AM »

This is fantastic!  You must have put in so much hard work!  Such a great idea.


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« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2009 11:26:08 AM »

oh my gosh, that's AWESOME.  i love the colors and the texture looks gorgeous in the photo--it must be incredible in person.  great job!!
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2009 01:35:22 PM »

this looks awesome!  Well done!  Love the colour and the detail

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« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2009 03:37:01 PM »

Wow! This is incredible, fantastic, and stunning. Your stitching is amazing. Honestly, your pillow looks better than the other two on the couch.

What an amazing gift!

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« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2009 04:47:50 PM »

Wow!  I am in awe of your patience.  And OnionGrrl is right -- your pillow really does look better than the "professional" pillows next to it.


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« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2009 05:31:25 PM »

oh my GOD  Shocked Shocked
that is absolutely amazing! you did an incredible job, i'm seriously blown away!
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