I'm constantly inspired by talented crafters like Wee Wonderfuls and Molly Chicken. They introduced me to the concept that crafting does not have to equal country (not that there is anything wrong with that). To me crafts have been those things you see in midwestern crap-walks. The painted rocks and the geese you dress up for the seaons (sorry there is something wrong with that). But this new breed of crafters is rocking this whole eclectic funky vintage look combined with a modern asthetic that makes my knees go weak. I'm now a certified fabric whore and browse the Jo-Anne superstore every week. I know that a hard core crafter would buy vintage, but I just can't get past the dirty of buying a shirt that has been worn for 50 years to retool as a pillowcase. But I'm working on that one, since there are so many cool vintage patterns at the flea markets.
So I gave it a shot with Carol's fourth of July birthday present. It took me 3 months to do only because I have craft ADD. If I get frustrated it's best for me to put the item aside and return to it later. This means I work on the crafts for about 15 minutes a night.
The embroidery is from Sublime Stitching's Rock and Roll kit. I messed up the drumsticks and thus the angled cut on the top. Husband said, "Wow that looks bad, you are going to have to get creative to fix that man". Thanks. Man. I think the retro stars helps to fill in the space. I layered the finished embroidery on a faux vintage material that I hand stitched a la Molly Chicken. Thank freaking God for Steam a Seam because that held my shit together as I sewed it.
The photo's fuzzy but I think you can see that I was going for a girl scout badge vibe with the record album. More hand stitching.
And finally, the finished pillow. I dig the little handmade tag that sticks out of the side. The body of the pillow is wool felt, as is the fabric I embroidered with. You can see the bottom is still pinned shut since I sewed that shut in the car on the way to dinner with Carol's family.