Sunday, July 10, 2011

Happy Fourth of July! (better late than never!)

I bought some wool yarn at a local thrift store and have been hooking pillows with it. They are fairly easy and offer some enjoyment. However, I do not like to sew them up and stuff them. In fact, if you look at the bottoms of a lot of my hand-made pillows, you will see that I haven't bothered to hand stitch the gap that allows for stuffing. I definitely love the creative process a lot more than the mundane task that requires sewing by hand. When first attracted by this art, I was able to find quite a lot of wool yarn for fifty cents a skein and I hoarded it with the intention of mass producing some of my pillows and offering them for sale. I have found that once I make just one, the magic of anticipating how the finished product will look is lost and I have no desire to make another, not to mention five or ten more. I made this one a few years back in celebration of the fourth of July. It is one of my very favorites. I keep thinking I will make another just like it for my sister-in-law...but haven't convinced myself yet. I just make up my own patterns or sometimes I use a simple drawing from a coloring book. I use a punch needle to punch the yarn through burlap.