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Free Hand Machine Stitchery

October 20th, 2011

Daniel Pontius

These embroidery pieces were taken from a frilly frilly piece of fabric that I cut & appliqued to a linen ground–machine stitched with threads of green pink and blue. 16×16 feather and down insert.

God Bless America, Memorial PIllow

October 17th, 2011

Daniel Pontius

A  memorial banner; I don’t know anything about it, a random find–I made into a 16 x 16 pillow insert into linen with a linen back.

Roman Shade

October 11th, 2011

Daniel Pontius

Wall facing North side window with succulent box –luckily the other side has palm tree views.

Partial view of the roman shade–I’m not sure why I didn’t take a full view shot.

One of the 3 Roman Shades that I’ve done for my bedroom. They are unlined white black out fabric that have been pieced randomly to create ripples and a light design of stitch holes–I’m debating my love for them, but in the morning it’s pleasant to look at the stitching. I’ll like them more with curtains installed and then they won’t be so bleak.

Silk Pillow

October 10th, 2011

Daniel Pontius

A pillow I made from a 1960’s silk scarf with a marbleized swirl pattern.

Lately, I’ve been focused on my bedroom and have spent all my free time doing it up. A French vintage linen sheet for a slip cover on the headboard and I’ve kept the Euro-shams from the Rose Cumming Indienne Toile. I had an inspired moment and made a dust skirt out of the plaid Hmong hemp– they were for pillows to sell– it is the exact amount to go all the way around so what can you do? I’ve also kept the indigo German linen panel from several months ago- the color helps to make sense of the fucked up 1890’s Caucasian rug fragment. One Roman shade is installed (two more to finish) and the curtains are to be a deep purpley-red washed linen.  I also found a very simple Victorian English chest of drawers that would be perfect but I have built in drawers so I don’t need it (I remind myself) and my money is to go to buy textiles on my Christmas trip to Hong Kong and Beijing–yay. More pics tomorrow.

Not a Pillow: Marimekko

May 30th, 2011

Daniel Pontius

Sheer applique panel. Not made for my window.

But I wish I had made them for my windows.

Areas of the fabric are cut away to let more light in.

These have a center draw for the front of a vanity.

Surging on the back side so you see both black and white threads on the front.

A curtain panel and pair of curtains that I made for a local designer. This is from a vintage 60’s Marimekko panel that I had stored away for six or seven years. The shorter curtains (23 x 29 ea) were done for below a vanity. The top single panel (54 x 78) was made for a window next to the vanity. It is applique on a thin Indian cotton. Let the light in!

Not a Pillow: Passementerie DIY

March 21st, 2011

Daniel Pontius

A large vintage silk charmeuse scarf here– 8 layers of silk

cut into 1″x1″ squares

Pinned
Until sewn

The scarf is from the curtains (upper right) that I made out of scarves (btw 2 years is about how long your silk curtains will last unless they are lined)

                                                             

Variation of color is due to sun fading the silk in the window over the past 2 years.

The colors are quite pretty

Result: 18′ of passementerie & a weekend of fun.

Hand sewn to horsehair ribbon

with 5 colors of vintage thread.

DIY; knock yourself out.

On Friday I thought that I would become a passementier so I set out to make my first sample taking photos on the way to share the process. Of course, I have been fond of making tassels since I was a child so I thought I’d expand a bit. Strictly speaking, this is a rather primitive form considering where one can go with it. A time consuming exercise. Now I must get back to the pillows.

Not a Pillow

March 3rd, 2011

Daniel Pontius

Fantastic! I bought this on Tuesday from a woman who was moving out of her house. It is the most fantastic thing ever. I tacked it on a wall so that I could enjoy it for awhile. Linen Table cloth 1912-1947. The earliest signatures are fading and unraveling: Debbie Rowling 1912 & L– Rowling 1912 and Judy or John Brown 1912.

Not a Pillow

March 3rd, 2011

Daniel Pontius

Fantastic! I bought this on Tuesday from a woman who was moving out of her house. It is the most fantastic thing ever. I tacked it on a wall so that I could enjoy it for awhile. Linen Table cloth 1912-1947. The earliest signatures are fading and unraveling: Debbie Rowling 1912 & L– Rowling 1912 and Judy or John Brown 1912.

PREVIEW PIllows

March 2nd, 2011

Daniel Pontius

The pile method of organization. My worktable. I do what I can. Previews of pillows that will be finished and ready for sale first of the week. Please sign up at the right for free pillow give away once I’m up to 50 followers I’m giving one away. Hurray!  Tell your friends.

Edith Wharton Text Pillow

February 25th, 2011

Daniel Pontius

She wanted to surprise every one by her dash and originality, but she could not help modeling herself on the last person she met, and the confusion of ideals thus produced caused her much perturbation when she had to choose between two courses.

Homespun 19th c linen with vintage cotton thread.

The chair is American, c1890.

Quote from Edith Wharton, Custom of the Country. She is Undine Spragg:

Undine’s white and gold bedroom, with sea-green panels and old rose carpet, looked along Seventy-second Street toward the leafless tree-tops of the Central Park. She went to the window, and drawing back its many layers of lace gazed eastward down the long brownstone perspective. Beyond the Park lay Fifth Avenue—and Fifth Avenue was where she wanted to be!