Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Pillows and wallet pattern in Stitch

Stitch, Fall 09 The extra-big Fall issue of Stitch is now on newsstands with heaps of fun projects! I’m about to curl up with a cup of tea (it’s the first chilly, rainy day of the season) and spend some time with the magazine, but first I wanted to show you my projects from it.

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Inspired by the sculptural pillows in vastly overpriced designer shops, this trio of cushions uses slashed felt in three different ways for unique textures, with punches of color showing through the slashes.

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I picked up most of these silk necktie-fabric scraps at PIQF last year (coming up this year at the end of the week!) and wasn’t sure what to do with them until this wallet occurred to me. The front cover is made of foundation-pieced strips, and inside there’s room for business cards and a couple USB flash drives—everything you need to take a super-barebones office on the road in your pocket.

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Silk’s of course not my usual material of choice, but it was a nice change from the quilting cottons—even though I was petrified of ruining the fabric with moisture from the iron. It wasn’t nearly as scary as I’d imagined, though.

Check out Stitch for these and more projects! Now off to get the kettle boiling…

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