Common Swirls

I’ve been working on a simple pillow design for awhile now and finally decided to give it a go tonight. The pillow is based off of a common design found on Hmong clothing, swirls. On Hmong clothing, the swirls are usually cross stitched and then sewn onto fabric. For this project I decided to appliqué swirls with satin and charmeuse. Here’s a sneak peak until I can finalize this pillow better. 🙂 Hope you like the rough draft!

Hmong Pillow Collection

After planning on them for the past few months, I believe I am finally ready to share my Hmong pillows. I made three pillows representing my favorite Hmong hats. Although not exactly true to the real thing, anyone can probably pick out the resemblance. I’m so tickle to have these pillows completed and shared on here. Here they are!

These pillows are also at my Etsy shop.

There is one more hat I would like to add to the collection so I might have another update on these later on in the month. I hope you enjoy these pillows!

I was also viewing my Hmong clothing this morning and admiring all the detail work my mom had put time into making. It’s amazing how there are so many little hand stitches! I don’t have the patience for it and for the past few years I’ve tried making my very own Hmong outfit multiple times but it never goes well. I wish I would have paid more attention to my mom when she was teaching us girls how to sew and cross stitch! If she were closer, I’d bug her to teach me again. If anyone has tips in making traditional Hmong clothing, I’d love to hear em! Thank you!

Hello Kitty

Pillow number 4 of 6, Hello Kitty!!!! This pillow will be going across the country soon to reach a niece of mine. I hope she loves it!

I was a bit nervous about making Hello Kitty due to the fact that Hello Kitty is so popular and who doesn’t know her?!  Any Hello Kitty fan can easily pick her out from the crowd and knowing this, I was afraid of making a mistake with her eyes and nose placement. The smallest misplacement could totally throw her off. Oh yeahhhh the stress was on. >=O However I think the final came out pretty good. I was very pleased with the finish pillow.

I had Google an image of Hello Kitty and used it as my layout. I used a combination of minky, velvet and felt fabric to finish the pillow. I also used my new Gingher scissor and serger that the Hubbie had got me this past week. The scissor is a bit heavy and uncomfortable but very sharp and good for corners. The serger as of now intimidates me because I’ve not learn how to thread it completely yet. O_O It will take some time. 🙂

Later on today I will be working on pillow 5. What do you think of the final pillow? 🙂

Three of Six

I wanted to finish all six pillows before posting them but I couldn’t resist after making these three! I have Keroppi, Landry and a nice cute whale! I hope the girls will love em!

Keroppi was the first one I made and I had a lot of fun making him. While sewing his orange shirt, I had a craving for a nice juicy orange! =D

The whale was next and quite a challenge even though it may not look it. There were other details I had in my original sketch but was unable to carry out! Regardless, I am very happy with the outcome.

Landry was my last pillow made. I was a little worry about Landry because I wasn’t sure if the fabric color I had would match it but I think it turned out pretty good.

Do you like them?

To view the last 3 of the Lucky 6’s pillows, click here.

Hard At Creating

I’ve been hard at creating all day planning Caydi’s next pillow. It’s almost midnight and I’m still not done but it’s okay, I want it to be just perfect! Here’s a “sneak peak” taken on my phone.

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That should give a hint of where I’m trying to go, especially in the month of February!

My fabric I order like a week ago also got here today. I’m happy with the new colors and can’t wait to use them for future projects.

Since I’m blogging from my phone, I won’t write to much! Kind of hard to see everything on such a tiny screen. Good night all!!!