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Topic: Koi pillow: embroidered, beaded, appliquéd  (Read 4587 times)
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« on: April 25, 2012 01:15:54 PM »



I've been meaning to post this for a while! This was the cushion cover I made for Leslieshappyheart in the cushion cover swap a few weeks ago. I loved creating it because of all the handwork I got to do  Cheesy



I started by drawing a simple Koi shape out on to paper in the desired size, then cut out the head, spine and fins to use as a stencil.



Once stencilled onto the fabric, I used a water soluble pen to draw in the body, and segment it into little geometric shapes which I filled, one by one, with satin stitch, glass beads or little appliqués (those little corners were seriously tricky). I worked out that each "scale" took on average 10 minutes. You do the math Wink



It's not perfect, but I was pretty pleased with it, and Leslie was too Smiley Check out the gallery to see the awesome embroidered cover I got in return!

Thank you for looking! C&C always welcome Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2012 02:05:11 PM »

I love my fishy cushion! Thanks for including the in-progress picture, because I had wondered how you decided what went where, and what size each scale would be.  It's beautiful and well-made, and it looks great on my sofa! Thanks again, Maimy!
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« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2012 02:24:20 PM »

That looks awesome!
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« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2012 02:31:27 PM »

I love it! It's beautiful!  did you do the applique first?
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« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2012 10:55:24 PM »

Amazing!  Love the koi and love that you combined techniques.
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« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2012 11:28:01 PM »

I honestly adore this pillow case! It's very beautiful, and it's got such a calm feel to it. I want one!

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« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2012 03:13:45 AM »

So beautiful - i'm hitting this rocks AND pinning

Just editing to add that within minutes of me pinning this it was repinned three times! Clearly i'm not the only one to love it!!
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« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2012 07:11:42 AM »

That is so beautiful! I love all the textures. Just stunning.
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« Reply #8 on: April 29, 2012 12:56:51 PM »

Thank you so much for all the kind words guys <3 Smiley

Leslie - You're more than welcome, I'm so pleased that you like it, I adore the cover you made for me!!  Kiss

SunflowerSmiles - I actually didn't know for sure that I was going to do any appliqué when I started  Roll Eyes I began with a few scales just embroidered, then realised that working THAT much of one stitch was going to do my nut in (I learned that lesson in college, oddly enough embroidering koi onto a table runner. 7 fish, 2 hours each, felt appliqué bodies and fins, bodies filled in with french knots.......) Wink so I rooted through my stash and found some perfect quitling cottons to use, a little bit of reclaimed sari silk and some seed beads and then I pretty much just worked it organically, from head to tail. The little "o" and "x"'s you can see in the progress pic marked where I planned to do beading or appliqué, but I did change my mind a few times...

Just editing to add that within minutes of me pinning this it was repinned three times! Clearly i'm not the only one to love it!!
Teehee, that's awesome, I've been pinned!  Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: May 10, 2012 03:18:56 PM »

This is an amazing pillow...I love it! Grin
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