This is a pillow I'm creating to send to Hideko in Sendai, Japan. Please visit Hideko's blog at
http://hideko-windfromtheeast.blogspot.com/ Hideko plans on having an auction in the fall.
I started this pillow at 10:30 last night. Any creating I do, happens at night, after all the animals are tucked into their stalls in the barn and the studio lights are turned off. I then carry tote bags to the house filled with bits. This pillow has a few more hours of embellishing before I can add the fringe. The image is 5" x 10" and is a print of Morning Glories from an 1880 seed packet. I've fused the image to dark emerald green velvet.
I've begun to add one-wrap French Knots in Glitter-edge RibbonRuffles in Monet, among the roses. I used a #13 chenille needle and stitched the knots loosely. I will finish the piece by adding ruby rose montees, beads and crystals. Wire-edge ribbon is easy to use. Create free-form roses and flowers simply by gathering on edge of the ribbon. Hope to have the pillow on its way to Japan this week.