Wool Wave Pillow

    This project is part of the So You Think Your Crafty Contest. To say that I am excited about being a part of this competition is a big understatement. Our theme for Week One, was “Stash Bust”. I have been hoarding pieces of wool for a while now, and this was the perfect opportunity to use it. These are 1/4 yard cuts of wool. Some are hand dyed, some are re-purposed. Usually they are used in quilting or appliqués, but I had a different idea for them. My vision was a Wool Wave Pillow. This pillow only took about an hour to make from start to finish. I created the wave pattern by cutting rectangular strips of wool 3 1/2″ wide. I used this piece of wavy Frog Tape as a pattern for the wave design, and cut ONE of the LONG edges into this wave pattern. After trimming the first piece, I cut 8 more identical ones for a total of 9 pieces.   I cut each piece from a different color of wool, you could use all the same colors if you wish. The next step was to stitch them together. I found that my wool stretched slightly as I worked with it because of the bias cuts, which made it a bit difficult to sew. I would recommend putting a piece of Stitch Witchery underneath each seam and fusing them together with a warm iron before stitching to eliminate some of the stretch. Stitch Witchery is available from Amazon.com. To sew the pieces together, I…
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Ink Effects Heart Pillow

    Welcome friends! Today I am playing with paint! I am loving how my crafty project turned out! I painted these watery hearts on water color paper and then transferred them to this white pillow case. It may sound complicated, but it’s not. This pillow is printed with a product I newly discovered over at Decor Art called Ink Effects. I ordered the purple and magenta colors for this project. The other supplies you will need are water color paper, tooth picks, a water color brush, jar of water, medicine dropper, pencil, scissors, an iron and a light colored cotton pillowcase. Instructions: 1) Cut out a heart shape as desired (I used scrap paper for this). Trace on to the water color paper to use as a guide for painting. 2) Dip the brush in the water, wet the paper generously from top to bottom. 3) Using one tooth pick per color, dip the tooth pick in the Ink Effects paint, then drag it around on the wet paper. You can mix and blend the colors, letting the water on the paper carry the ink where it wants to go. This is not a time to worry about colors running together, they are supposed to do that. Your work should look something like this. The water color paper may curl a bit while wet, but don’t worry about it, it will flatten as it dries. 4) Let your work dry completely, at least 30 minutes. 5) Cut out your heart shapes from the painted paper. 6) Arrange painted side down…
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