Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
The pattern is strong, straightforward and would make a great ottoman top and or chair back. It is a nice traditional touch which can be very masculine or feminine depending on the colors used and the ground fabric.
Some years ago, the living room furniture was reproduced and I was contacted about remaking the Living Room sofa pillows. Very basic in concept and having an actual surviving pillow front as an example, I made a variation that had the correct look of the original. The difference, the original appeared to have been completely hand embroidered. My version was created using a metallic soutache which was applied by hand-guided machine using a Cornely Embroidery Machine.
The pillows above are similar to the pillows at Hollyhock. The fabric is a Michael S. Smith Jasper Collection velvet - the soutache is vintage metallic. The pillows at Hollyhock utilized an exact reproduction of the fabric from the original.
The pillows are 22" square and the front and back fabric are identical. The two panels are put together using a self mitered and reversed flange - creating a double flange effect.
There are several colors used to embellish the surface and with a variety of stitches. French Knots are used around the large leaf shapes and chain stitch and back stitch are used for the rest of the pillow. The floss is cotton. here is a detail of the pillow front. Click on either of the two photos for an enlarged view.
I have four pillows from this pattern - two 20" square pillows and two 18" x 23" pillows. Both sizes are filled with feather and down, have a Samuel and Sons fan trim and a Michael S. Smith Jasper Collection fabric back.
See the post below for an additional pillow collection I had embroidered in India. My global production experiment is a great success!
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Friday, January 2, 2009
The corner pleated flange, welt and back are made of linen from Bergamo Textiles. I love the rustic nature of the linen with the silk floral, as it keeps the pillows from becoming too precious. Be sure and click on the photo above and get a good close up view of the pearls and bronze beads – they really are a treat.
The pillows are 10”x 21” and 10” x 23” and filled with down and feather.
The pillows above are just one example of the results of that inspiration. It also was the basis for curtains I made for designer Katie Leede of Digs By Katie. The Suzani images became the leading edges and hem return for a residence in Santa Monica. The work was chain stitch outlines and fill and the colors were brilliant on raw silk. The pillows above are a design I created using my digitizing software for my computerized embroidery machine. The fabric is from Old World Weavers and the trim is from Décor de Paris. The pillows measure 20” x 20” and are filled with down and feather. Click on the photo above for a close up view of the pillows.