October 13, 2008

Not Tacky Anymore


During my latest search for country scenery fabric to use as covers for my new book pillows I found this fabric! It was on the verge of being tacky when I saw it at the store with its vibrant pink splashes among the pukey dairrhea-coloured trees but my imagination was churning and saw hope for this fabric. So I bought some and did a little coffee-staining at home which toned down and warmed up the entire fabric and I was quite happy with the results!

I wanted the embroidered title to look a little more elegant country this time so I turned to my computer for help. After choosing the perfect font, I printed it out the exact size I needed and copied it to my fabric. I hand-embroidered the letters using a tiny backstitch, french knots & 3 strands of floss.


I used an off-white corduroy for the pages this time. And I had an audience during the photo shoot!


26 comments:

Dolci Fusa said...

You're so peculiar in any expression of inspiration. Cute craft book!
Veronica

Vicki W said...

That is just adorable!

Jocelan Thiessen said...

i didn't know you did coffee staining on this, it is really lovely because i watched you work on it too!

Barbara said...

Lovely book!!!!! I love the audience too!!

Erika said...

It is just beautiful great detail I like that. The fabric is so yummy
Erika

Sonia said...

Hi Laurraine ! I know I've already commented the pics on Flickr, but wow, the book pillow is simply gorgeous ! I didn't know you had coffee stained the fabric ! I had heard about tea staining, but not coffee staining ! I learn new things everyday !! LOL Big hugs ! OXOX

CĂ©line said...

It's amazing !!! I LOVE it !!!!

smileykylie said...

It looks so inviting, like you could snuggle up in a big chair and read a fairy tale to a little loved one. Great job as always! :)Kylie

Linda said...

This is just adorable -- and your "audience" brings back memories of when my kids were about the age of your daughter -- they would do the same thing while watching me work on a project. Just wondering -- is this an actual pillow? If so, I can see a bigger version of it used on a chair, or, couch!

il mondo di iris said...

Lovely. This is a book of dreams.
Ciao Angela

Anonymous said...

Hi Laurraine, this is so brilliant. And the audience is just adorable...
Best wishes,
Sabine

Carrie P. said...

So cute!

eydie said...

L:
you rock the sewing world!!!! I am a book lover and fabric lover and you put the two favoritist things of mine together! Is the book made to be able to open? I remember your practice one did, didn't it?
Love how this turned out!

Thimbleanna said...

Wow! Those are adorable!

Laurraine Yuyama said...

Thank you so much for all your kind comments!

Eydie: This one is just another pillow. I doesn't open but as I was making it I was very tempted to do so and quilt words into the first page and add a yo-yo flower and applique leaf embellishment in the corner.... Then I thought that would be insane and my creativity was getting a bit out of hand but who knows... I might still try that on the next one! :o)

The open page design is for a future pincushion/ small sewing tote...

Karen said...

Very clever. Very nice. Also love the teapot.

Anat Dvir said...

Laurraine, this is fabulous and you must add an option for us folks that want to get an email notification every time you update your blog :-)

Laurraine Yuyama said...

Hi Anat! Thanks for visiting my blog :o) There is a subscribe button at the bottom of the page. Do you think it would help if I moved it to the side?

Ptite fancon said...

Lovely !

Yummers! said...

I have just spent a happy time reading your entire blog. Your work is so wonderful! I am so inspired. I went to your shop hoping to find tea cups, etc. Do you do special orders or have some already made?

Thinking ahead to Christmas...
Joni

Lavon said...

This is just beautiful. I would have never thought to stain printed fabric. It makes such a difference.

titicandia said...

Your blog and work are beautiful, you are a veradera inspiration. The book is wonderful.
Regards from Chile, Titi

Laurraine Yuyama said...

Thank you everyone for such sweet comments!

Joni: I am a busy bee sewing up some cup pouches, house tape measures & cupcake pincushions for a quilting retreat that I was invited to attend on October 25th. If I have any left I will be listing them in my shop after that so keep your eyes open because they tend to go fast! Thanks :o)

Szera said...

Very beautiful Latvian and likes, that with a hand had stitched!

Catherine said...

What a sweet little book....I love the description of the scenery fabric! Very graphic!! Cathy

Mina said...

I enjoy when I see your work, now I´m happier because you have this beautiful blog that I can also read! Thanks Laurraine!