Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Friendship Cushion

Just fabric, lace, stamping ... and a little bit of thread and stuffing. These are two firsts: for the first time I printed directly onto fabric (hurray I managed(lol) ) and it is the first friendship cushion I ever made .... and I loved every single minute when creating it ... and it came all about because I was looking for something I could submit for the Gingersnap Creations challenge: Lace/Fibers

unbleached raw cotton, felt, jute, muslin
image - Graphics Fairy
stamps/ink - Elzybells, Little Z
lace/thread/filling - from my stash

I saw the first friendship pillows in a wonderful book by Christa Rolf, Angelika Klein, und Uli Glasemann: Freundschaftskissen The projects in the book are very inspiring , the samples and illustrations are brilliant.
The little pillows shown are about 8cmx8cm, a perfect size .... not too big to be daunting but big enough for decorating: I cut a first square (8x8cm) from cotton, topped it with muslin and jute. I printed the image directly onto a little square of cotton, cut it to the preferred size and layered it onto a felt square with zic-zac edges. The sentiment is stamped on cotton with hybrid ink ... just brilliant for fabric stamping.
Everything can be sewn together using the sewing machine but then I thought how boring straight lines and even stitches would be and decided to do some hand stitching (lol) .... I quite like the way it turned out.
I left the back quite plain and just layered it with jute before joining the front and the back. Finally I filled the little pillow with polyester fibre.

It has been such fun to make this little cushion and a good way of using all these scraps of fabric. Have a go and have fun! Petra.


2amscrapper said...

This is a wonderful entry.

Debby said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Love this.

Kay said...

I love your little pillow. I am addicted to sewing and all mannner of handwork. It's great to use the stamping on fabric.

Lynn Stevens said...

Its adorable, love how it turned out, I must try printing on fabric!

Zoechaos said...

Gorgeous so creative and delightful, just gorgeous.

Viv said...

Fabulous Petra!

Anonymous said...

Love your pillow! So creative! Thanks for playing the Gingersnap Creations Lace and Fiber Challenge!

Debby said...

Unbelievably Beautiful!

Ali Manning said...

This is simply stunning! You'd never know it's the first time you made one of these - it's awesome!

Debby said...

Petra your art is gorgeous! I know you from somewhere!

Suzanne B aka brookfies said...

There is only word to describe this:- GORGEOUS!
Beautiful piece of work for the challenges.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

That's wonderful! How pretty! I love all the layers and that you can see them.

Jean Franks Beck said...

Gorgeous creation!! Congrats on being a Ginger Gem!

Diana Sh P said...

So cute cushion!!!


Lynne Moncrieff said...

This is incredible. Friendship pillows are new to me so thank you for introducing me to them. I adore everything about this piece of artwork. Lynne M

Karen The Graphics Fairy said...

Hi Petra,
I'm sorry I'm late getting over here, yesterday just got away from me!! This is adorable!!! You have such a wonderful way of thinking out every detail to make the most special pieces! I adore this!! Thanks so much for linking it up.


Pattie said...

This is just beautiful,what a lovely idea xxx


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