Sunday, April 22, 2012

Revisiting Bird & Blooms

Now Pillow #4


I haven't been very happy with the outcome of this piece and have been eyeing it daily and it finally began to speak to me of what I might change.

Original details on this piece are in this post

The flowers bothered me the most.  They were too lost in the background.  I chose some pastel pieces to cut swirls to add to the thread painted swirls.  The stems and leaves were also very lost in the background and got fabric highlights added to them as well.



A bit more collage was created for the background to get it to a 15" pillow size and I'm now pretty happy with this piece.



  The back is simple.  I find that I like making the zipper part of the design and choosing one with color contrast for that purpose.  With my pillow zippers I'm trying to pull the "fun" out of "functional".


I think I need to look into some charms to decorate the zipper pulls.  This one will need a bird charm.


4 months into the year and 4 pillows.  At least I'm not behind...yet.  Pillow #5 is on the design wall and it also is asking for a bit of something extra.  I wonder what that might be.  I'll have to muse on it.

Annie

16 comments:

Madame Samm said...

You and your pillow are very TWEET....no really, love the idea that she looks 3D...you have me all a flutter lol

Lesley said...

This is such an artistic creation! You have combined so many interesting elements and they all work so well. Your birdie is just adorable!

Michele said...

I like the way it turned out. Can't wait to see what you've got brewing for the next one.

piece peace said...

I think it looks fantastic!

Judy D in WA said...

Another fabulous pillow! I am a bit behind but plan to catch up pretty soon. Love the zipper. You need some shrink plastic to make your pulls with. Then you will have exactly what you want and have more fun too.

Rachel said...

Fantastic! Love the birds, front and back!

ellen gets crafty said...

What a great, happy pillow.

carol said...

You are right! It looks lots better now! I told you I couldn't see the flowers before........now, no problem!

Mrs.Pickles said...

very pretty!!

Barb said...

That backing fabric is just the right touch....love it!

Patti said...

Another beauty and my favourite so far! Love it!

Grammasheri said...

Wow Annie. Its so graphically pleasing and the little bird just pops. Adding fabric swirls to the flowers was the perfect touch. Gotta get me one of those zippers, too. Beautiful!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh Annie, You are so fun!! I loved it before and I love it now. I love the back fabric too cute!! On to #5!

Karen said...

Yay! This is another great pillow!

Snoodles said...

Ahh, now the 3D bug has bitten you, I think, and you will be putting your awesome creative powers to work on that pillow #5.... LOL Seriously, I love what you did, and I love the birdie, and I super love the back fabric and zipper. Can it come home with me? Heehee!

sheila 77 said...

Like Jane, I loved this bird when I first saw it and I love it now and the background fabric is wonderful. I don't know about your friends, but mine always have to look at the back of everything, so a colourful zipper is a nice surprise. Are all your cushions staying at home meanwhile or do they "jump" to someone else?