Monday, October 26, 2009

Everything Old is New Again: A Satin Stitch Reproduction

Here I am again! Promised you I'd post something new last night, but my computer (or it's operator) had a glitch, so I'm just now able to post. Over the weekend, I went "out and about" and drove to Mountain View, Arkansas, to do a program for the Committee of 100 Workshop at the Ozark Folk Center, part of our state park system, devoted to the arts, crafts, music, and history of the Ozark Mountain area of Arkansas. It's a beautiful drive up there (about an hour and a half for me) and it made a nice "getaway" for a couple days.

Friday night I stayed in my room at the lodge and finished a project that I wanted to include in the presentation next day and that's what I'm showing you today. (By the way, I thoroughly enjoyed speaking to this group...they seemed very interested in what I had to say and show, which made the trip even nicer!)

A few posts ago, I showed you the pillow I purchased on yet another visit to one of the local flea markets. I really wanted to "reproduce" it, in my own way, for the program. I also showed a vintage curtain edged with lace that I would use to make the reproduction pillow. I removed the lace to save for another project. I love doing this...finding something interesting (maybe only to ME), and using found fabric, etc., to reproduce it.

In the photos, you can see the vintage pillow at the top....with a beautiful lace ruffle around it.
I really like the embroidered flowers and leaves...all done in a satin stitch. This is what I wanted to do 'in my own way' and so beneath it, you see the pillow I made. While doing the embroidery, I decided to use beads to finish it you can also see here...these are bigger than the seed beads I might normally use....and a lovely "pearly" color. After finishing the pillow, I decided it needed a nice bow, so used some silk ribbon and French Knots to attach the bow. This pillow is approximately 6 inches x 13 inches. (Of course, you know, you can click on the photos and see the stitches "up close and personal.")

A word about the flowers.....on the vintage pillow, the leaves and the flowers are all done with a satin stitch. You know how I love to stitch leaves, so I used my version of a fly stitch to make them. I did use a satin stitch for the flowers and beads for the flower centers. It might interest you to know that I cut tiny "versions" of each flower petal out of white felt, then did the satin stitch over them....and that's what makes the petals really thick and fat looking....something you don't get with satin stitch alone. What do you think?

I really enjoyed making this may end up in my etsy shop, but for right now...I'm enjoying looking at it. Now, after a trip out of town.....I need to get back to work....see you in a few days, hopefully, with something neat to show you. Take care, pat


Jenilee said...

beautiful... :)

Pat said...

Gosh, Jenilee, I was just barely through typing and there you were!! How fun is that? Love it...take care, pat

parasols and maryjanes said...

Love your tip about the felt inserts under the satin stitch. Your work is an inspiration.

Cindy P said...

Oh, Pat, that is so pretty! I love the ribbon and I never thought about anchoring it with french knots. I'm going to try it.

I love finding vintage needlework at flea markets. I'm also lucky enough to have some that my grandmother made.

Thanks for the tip about using the felt under the stitches. Much easier than padded satin stitches. I never could make those look right!

Maggie Ann said...

Exquisite !!!!

Sharon said...

Oh I just think this is beautiful...and I also think the felt on the bottom of the leaf does give it a wonderful look. If you do not mind I might like to try this myself....

AngelDoll said...

Once again...BeAuTiFuL!!!!

Sharon said...

It is a very lovely pillow. Just beautiful.

brenco1 said...

I love the soft colors and as always enjoy looking at any of your work. Your thoughtfulness to reusing things of the past is wonderful example to us all. You see a purpose for all things. I had never heard you using the felt inserts for the leaves but what a fantastic idea.

sparkle jars said...

Absolutely, stunningly beautiful! I am truly in awe of your handwork.:-)

Cathy K said...

Oh my, my heart palpitates at this! LOL. Stunningly simple and beautiful!! Great work, Pat! Hugs, Cathy

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