Sunday, July 9, 2017

Dreaming of Paris


Good evening all.....Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! We have been having some beautiful summer weather, though yesterday was a bit on the humid side and we did have some rather strong thunderstorms. Today was exceptionally nice with lots of sun, blue skies and low humidity. I could take several months of this kind of weather!

 Yesterday I printed some pretty French floral graphics on to some fabric for use on some decorative hanging pillows. (Graphics purchased from French Paper Moon.) I was anxious to start the first pillow so this morning I cut pieces of lace and arranged it around the pretty pink flowers. Since it was so nice outside, I wanted to get some fresh air but later in the afternoon I returned to my pillow in pieces and began putting it all together. It went together well but took plenty of time to get it just right.


The pillow measures 8" x 6"

In addition to some beautiful laces from my collection, I also used torn strips of sheer curtain panels for the side bows and hanger.  The main fabric is painter's canvas which I love to work with as it adds a perfect soft, rustic touch to vintage projects, especially those with lots of luscious lace.


I am very pleased with the way it turned out. It was a "trial pillow" as I have three more copies of the graphic printed out on fabric. I am anxious to begin another.....


I love the Paris tag. Initially I had stitched "PARIS"  onto a canvas tag. I had cut the word out of some fabric that I had and I stitched it to the tag with some fusible fleece under it because I wanted it to pop. Once done, I did not like the look of the jet black print on the tag. It was just too dark for all the pretty pink and cream on the pillow so I decided to cover the tag with a piece of the sheer fabric to see if it would minimize some darkness in the text. I stitched it on and then restitched around the word "PARIS" to give it that quilted look. It worked just as I had hoped. I love the way it looks on the pillow with exposed stitching and of course the loose threads. I think it adds just the right amount of shabby to the pillow....





It can be hung on the wall, on a door knob, placed on a shelf or as part of a vignette or just about anywhere.....


I even like it right where it is--sitting on my dining room table! 


Tomorrow I will get crackin' on the other pillows. Hopefully they will not take me as long to complete as this one did. I have quite a stash of lace to choose from so I will challenge myself to make them all one-of-a-kind. 

Wishing everyone a great week ahead!