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Reverse Crewlwork & Reversed Appliqued Cut Away Pillow

March 22nd, 2011

Daniel Pontius

Click it to make it bigger; it’s fantastic.

This pillow  is 23.5″ x 16.5″ and I am crazy over it. I can’t even say why except for the many steps that took place to make it. If you want to make your own, here’s what to do:

1. Find avocado green crewelwork of sprays of flowers c 1974. at Revival in Los Angeles.

2. Think it’s the ugliest thing you have ever seen, and be unsure as to why you are buying it.
3. Leave it sitting around your apartment in pile of textiles for several weeks, look at it occasionally and think, That thing is ugly.
4. Decide one day to bleach it and see what happens.
5. See that after about 6 hours it has turned a bright orange color. Because you forgot about it, notice that it did not bleach evenly and do not worry about splotches. It’s like resist dying.
6. Put it back in pile of textiles for several months and think you have made it uglier.
7. One morning decide to do something with it, stare at it a awhile, hoping it will speak to you and turn it on the reverse side and cut away all the yarn knots and clip away long stitches — this takes about an hour — until it starts to “feel right.”
8. Applique scrap fabric in circle like shapes on the back side (which used to be the front side) and cut away what is underneath.
9. Back the fabric so the yarn won’t pull out further, since you have cut away all the support knots.

10.Pick coordinating back fabric of a light lavender and gray silk lining to cover the backing material, add a vintage turquoise zipper.
11. Cut and sew together.
12. Add pillow insert- zip shut. 

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