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« on: February 03, 2008 04:09:04 PM »

Okay, so this pillow wraps a few resolutions together.
1. Enter every craftster challenge this year.
2. Save money - I really want to buy a house!
3. Get 8 hours of sleep every night. (I'm a full time fourth grade teacher and full time doctoral student.  I'm trying to remember what sleep is!)
4. Re-use or recycle as much as possible.
5. Continue with last year's successful resolution - to lose weight.
6. Take some time every week to work on crafting.

So, here's how my entry meets ALL of those resolutions!

1. Well, obviously I'm entering the challenge, so this one's a given so far.
2.  This pillow was made for less than $4, by scavenging crafting supplies and using my husband's old dress shirt for the fabric.  Since this was my first piece of embroidery in 7 years, and only my second piece of embroidery EVER, I had to spend a few bucks on supplies.
3.  Well, the sublime squishiness and dream-like patterns on this pillow definitely make me want to curl up for a good eight hours!
4.  This pillow is the first of many I plan to make to make our bed look more comfy and inviting, and I'll be using both me and the hubby's old clothes for ALL of the fabric.
5.  Why do we have so many old clothes you might ask?  Why, because last year between the two of us, we lost about 170 pounds!  I lost 34 and hubby lost the rest.  We succeeded at last years resolution, but we still have a little ways to go, so seeing all of our old clothing repurposed into something beautiful will be a great motivational tool!
6. I managed to take some time every week to work on this pillow, and since I have about 20 more dress shirts/pants/skirts to play with, I should be busy all year! 

I got the inspiration for this project, obviously, from merwing's FANTASTIC Doodle Stitching book, which I got for Christmas.  Thank you merwing!  You rock my socks!

So finally, here it is: the Squishy Pillow of Dreaming!

The whole pillow:


The whole pillow again:


Close up of the embroidery:


Antoher close up of the embroidery:


Last close up of the embroidery:


My demon tongue-beast, because he's an attention-whore like me:


Hope you all like it, and vote for me!

« Last Edit: February 03, 2008 04:55:41 PM by Purly McGarterpants » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2008 07:39:45 PM »

Beautiful! The embroidery is fantastic -- I *love* the design. Wow! Way to hit all your resolutions! Congratulations to both of you for successful resolutions last year and continuing this year!

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« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2008 07:54:38 PM »

I like the way you tied everything in to a pillow. It is really great.

Good luck on your resolutions this year!  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2008 01:02:21 AM »

I like your pillow and I have that book on my wishlist at amazon.  Congrats to both of you on your weightloss.  I like the idea of using all the old clothes... so you're proving there's no going back and your recycling!  Besides you picked them out at one point and probably liked the fabric.   Wink

take care, april
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« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2008 01:57:30 AM »

That's beautiful!

On a side note: I have your avatar picture in real life too! The same mouse pad and black cat with gold eyes!  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2008 07:54:00 AM »

That's so pretty, great job.  I haven't done any embroidery in so long, but looking at this makes me want to start again. Is that the full name of the book you got the pattern from?  I couldn't find it on Amazon. 
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« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2008 10:31:43 AM »

Thank you so much for all of your comments!  I'm so glad you like it! 
As for the book, it's called Doodle Stitching, and it was created by a fellow craftster member, merwing.  You should be able to find it on Amazon.
As for the pattern, it's my own creation, but since I came up with it after reading Doodle Stitching, and because I use some of the stitches on my pillow that I learned from merwing's book, I thought I should mention her book here.  It was a great source of inspiration!
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« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2008 10:45:13 AM »

That's so pretty, great job.  I haven't done any embroidery in so long, but looking at this makes me want to start again. Is that the full name of the book you got the pattern from?  I couldn't find it on Amazon. 

I think I have a link here it's been on my wishlist for awhile: http://www.amazon.com/Doodle-Stitching-Fresh-Embroidery-Beginners/dp/1600590616/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1202150612&sr=8-1
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« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2008 10:17:05 AM »

Thanks for the link, I'll definetly have to look into that!
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« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2008 07:49:31 AM »

Your pillow is beautiful and yes, very dreamlike!!

Congratulations on you and hubby's weight loss - that is fantastic!!
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