July 31, 2008

One thing leads to Another

It all started with another custom pillow... this time in the shape of a book with a tea-related theme. As with most of what I design, I rack my brain for a few days trying to give myself a rough idea of how I might construct it. I then draw a few sketches and if I find it very tricky I may even make a muslin prototype.

I went through several failed attempts before I came up with a way to make a pillow that actually looked like a book. I was happy with the final product but I still needed to make the page part and cover separately and then hand-sew the cover to the pages. I need to find a faster & easier way!

I was making my prototypes at a much smaller scale. I found that if I left the front page loose and added ribbon to tie the book closed it would make a very cute sewing caddy! Thread and scissors can be stored in the slot at the book's binding, needles can be attached to the inside of the cover, and pins in the pincushion page unit. I am playing with the idea of sewing part of a story into the top of the pincushion part to make it look like a real first page...

Enjoy your afternoon tea & quilted crafts :o)


  1. Gorgeus! And really funny.

  2. I really love the first "book"! It's a lovely pillow.

  3. This is sooooo COOL! Great idea.

  4. This is so lovely.
    I just wanted to say a quick thank you too for all your lovely photos on our ~*Tea Party*~ group, they are all so wonderful, you are very talented.
    love Alison

  5. I admire talented people with original ideas and the ability to execute them! You just matched 2 of my 3 favorite things: tea and books (the third favorite thing is quilts). Beautiful!

  6. Hi Laurraine,
    what a wonderful idea you have had!
    I love your book so much.
    Have a nice day,

  7. It's gorgeous. You have such a creative minds..
    I wish I can sew like you do.
    Great job!


  8. This is exactly what I've been wanting to see from you....how your brain works in creative mode. Thanks so much for sharing this. I think I just give up too quickly. You make all of these different prototypes before the actual finished version. You really are incredibly talented and I love your work. It's beautiful. Keep showing us how you think and create!

  9. i like when one project turns into another! I love the pin cushion it is like a little surprise inside!

  10. I enjoyed the way you shared this!

  11. Wow, it's adorable. What a great idea.

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  13. I really enjoy your Blog, very inspirational. The book cushion is delightful.

  14. goodness, you have done it again! so cool, I love, love, it!!! wow, I wish I lived near you, you are so inspirational!!!

  15. Very creative and original. You are truly born designer!!