Monday, July 12, 2010

My First Forays...

Well, this is my first foray into the world of blogging, and I am relatively new to the world of crafting. It's been an adventure so far! Although I've been knitting for awhile, I was inspired to make other crafts by a friend and fellow violinist, Amanda England. Check out her blog at Mandy's Yellow Corner.

So I made a trip to Hobby Lobby [overwhelming!], and I found a book on tatting. Tatting is the art of lace making. I bought the book, needles, and thread, and I made these:


Both of the medallions are made with the same size needle but different size thread.

I then had the idea that I could sew a few of the medallions onto a pillow. So I bought some fabric and gathered my materials...


I also bought a new sewing basket, and I'm in LOVE with it!



I set up shop in the sunroom:


This room gets a lot of light, and it's my favorite room in the house.

I decided to combine the white medallions and some yellow fabric. I sewed 4 medallions onto the fabric before I began sewing the pillow seams. Everything is hand sewn because, unfortunately, I don't have a sewing machine yet. The first 3 seams were easy...but the last seam [after I inserted the pillow form] proved to be difficult. After much distress, I finally figured it out, and here is the finished product:


I have to say that I'm pretty proud!

And I'm ready to create some new color combinations...

My materials are waiting for me!

Hope you have a lovely day!

7 comments:

Mandy [Mandy's Yellow Corner] said...

Your blog already looks AMAZING! And I didn't realize that you sewed the WHOLE pillow by hand! That's amazing.
I can't wait to see what you do with the red ones!

Sarah Harris said...

That makes me happy!! I have been wanting to learn to tat- or whatever it's called :). But I wanted to remind you that we were very crafty in our younger years when we used to make stationary with paint and pencil erasers! That's good stuff right there. Your pillow looks really good!

Em said...

Oh my goodness Sarah - I found some of the stationery we made the other day when we were cleaning out the art cabinet! That was good stuff! :) I miss those days. I'd be happy to teach you how to tat sometime!

Mandy [Mandy's Yellow Corner] said...

PS- I got my sewing machine on craigslist for like $20. . . a good place to look :]

Clare B said...

Your pillow case looks amazing. I always thought I had the excuse "but I don't have a sewing machine" - but you've just disspelled that myth. Welcome to the blog-world

Tammy/ StitchnStudio said...

Oh Em! those are fabulous. You should be so proud. Thanks for following my blog.

Lelan @ Good Gravy! said...

Beautiful pillow!!!