Where has the year gone? Can you believe by the end of this week we're already half way through July. I'm already counting down till we get to October.....I can start decorating for the Holiday's. Woo-Hoo!!!
This project that I'm going to share with you was for one of our great friends Birthday. Her lovely parents were the lucky ones to receive the Patriotic Pillow. I want to thank all of the lovely blogger's who featured it. I tried to grab all of the feature buttons, if I'm missed one I'm sorry - please let me know if you don't see yours.
The theme of this pillow is a little early in the year to celebrate....that is if you do! It is usually celebrated November 1st. I don't celebrate the day, but I do love the art work of everything. Some of the art work is simply stunning. If you like that sort of thing. I went on-line to get some inspiration for this project. If you look up Day of the Dead art, you'll see skulls with flowers, hearts, webs, crosses and swirls, in many different colors. Well my friend LOOOOOVES this kind of stuff and I knew she would be extremely happy when she saw what I made for her.
Here is some information on Day of the Dead History
(Picture quality is not the best, but I'll try to explain as best as I can.)
1.) I folded a sheet of paper and drew a couple of half skull shapes.
2.) Then I cut them out and decided on the one I liked the best.
3.) I traced (2) skulls on a sheet of blank paper and made copies of that.
4.) Then with the inspiration from the net, I drew out the skulls. You know it's not very easy to draw teeth. I had such a hard time, I kept drawing and erasing.
1.) I ended up drawing (8) different skulls, I chose the 4 I liked the best.
2.) I pinned the skulls onto foam board with tissue paper over it to trace.
3.) I then traced the skulls with black permanent marker.
4.) I cut out the tissue traced skulls and set them aside.
5.) Now I was ready to start. I pinned it onto the fabric, then put it onto the hoop.
Embroidering on the tissue paper was easy, I was able to tear away and pick out the pieces. I didn't really have a plan, I just picked different colors. As I finished each skull I took it off the hoop to pin the next skull where I wanted it to be. I really loved the way it all came out.
Drawing out the skulls, embroidery and sewing took me about 27 hours combined....it probably would have been less if I wasn't watching re-runs of Ugly Betty or The Office, lol.
For the back I chose a black with white polka dots. I have to say my favorite skull has to be the last one with the blue flower.
I'm happy to say that she was really excited to receive this gift. I'm glad!!
Thanks for stopping by to view this weeks project.
Everyone have a fabulous week.
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