I’ve started a new project. This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time and somehow never got round to it. Now I know that this is basically a silk painting blog, but bear with me when I tell you that this first prototype is actually made of ready-made silks.
I used some really lovely embroidered silk for the top and the underneath is made with a shimmering dupioni silk. For those of you who don’t like feathers, this little pillow is stuffed with 100% hypo-allergenic material which makes it really healthy and safe. It ‘s also great because it really is feather-light and this makes it easy and cheap to send through the post.
You can see I added two little hearts on the band in gold gutta and then a slim ribbon attached by a little pearl bead.
Unfortunately the photo doesn’t really do it justice. The silk is a gorgeous peachy-salmony colour which has turned into dusty-pink here.
Well, I got inspired putting this together, that I got busy today making the first pillows from handpainted silk. I found some very lovely jacquard silk I bought as an off-cut from a bridal shop and added some very pastelly blues and turquoises. When these panels are steamed, I’ll be adding some matching dupioni to finish them off.
My thoughts, of course, are already on the next pillows. I think it would
be a great idea to go back to my beloved satin silk and create mini mandalas, first of all just the gold on the plain silk. I may then go on to explore with one or two colours but keep them simple so as not to compete with everything else that is going on.
I hope you like these little projects. If you do, please leave a comment and let me know. I always love to receive your feedback. The first model is already proudly on offer on Etsy. You can see it here: Silk Ring Pillow on Etsy
And of course, if you’d like to see me make or try out any specific design or colour scheme, just suggest it to me. I love new challenges.