Friday, August 26, 2011

Zodiac Garland


Here's my latest little project. It was quick and fun - great for the last few days of summer.

I found a set of 12 squares of cloth at the thrift store, beautifully hand embroidered with a delightful series of astrological signs. They probably date from the 1970's, and needed a bit of cleaning to remove some rust stains.

I thought of piecing them into a quilt or wall hanging, but I couldn't arrange them so that the background colours were to my liking. So I went off on a completely different tangent, and added piping and backing to each one, then stuffed them to create 12 little pillows (about 7"x9").

I then sewed snap fasteners to the upper corners of each pillow, and the mate to each fastener on a length of tea-dyed twill tape. Snap them on and voila!

5 comments:

  1. what a find and wonderfully imaginative way to use them. delightful

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  2. this is fantastic! do post more closeup pics if you get a chance. this is such a great idea for special blocks and i may have to copy you.

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  3. What great find and I like how you made them into 12 pillows. Gorgeous - Hugs Nat

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  4. Brilliant solution! Where do you find such great stuff? I'm going to have to start going to thrift shops again. Or maybe not...

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  5. Great idea, someimes the simplest ideas are the best ones.

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