In my mind kept seeing one of my tree potholders on a pillow surrounded by lacey stuff. I used to get ideas and talk myself out of them. I would think them to death and they would die, right in my brain were they began.
At some point I learned, that besides the physical object taking form, there’s a difference between actually making something and just thinking about it. And mostly, it’s that whenever I actually create something, it leads to something else. The next idea or ideas. And that’s partly because what ever I make is always different than what I imagined. Not only does it look different than the picture in my head, but there’s always a surprise in the process of creating it. In the practical part, in the sewing, how the fabric hangs or comes together, something I couldn’t know until I actually started sewing.
The way I pictured it, the lace around the stitched tree was even and orderly. But when I actually made the pillow I decided I wanted more of a collage look. I wanted lots of texture and depth. So I used Vintage lace and doilies, and eyelet. Similar, yet also very different from each other. To make the most of the texture, I laid them on a linen napkin then stitched straight lines at random, just enough to hold down the corners and edges. The lace and doilies are not about being delicate and prim. I was trying to get just the opposite feeling, almost like the rough bark of a tree.
The tree itself is stitched on a tea-stained Vintage Hankie. I didn’t have an idea for it when I sat down at my sewing machine. I just waited until I saw the “right” color for the outline in my head then went on from there. It turned out to be soft, but strong. Colors and a tree to combat this dark wintery day.
Heart Fruit Tree Pillow is SOLD
for sale. It’s about 18″ square and is $95 + $10 shipping. If you’re interested in it, you can email me at [email protected]. I take checks and paypal.