"Challenge #9 is one we have done in the past for Project Project Runway, but I don’t think we have ever done it for Iron Craft. This week we want you to find your inspiration in a piece of art. Your project does not need to be an exact copy of that art, but the art should be a jumping off point for what you create. Make sure to show us the art that inspired you!" (Courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)
When I was little My great grandparents owned a little shop next to their Chinese food restaurant called Hong Kong Imports. It was a shop full of treasures from the Orient. I love hanging out in there and a lot of our house was decorated with art from that shop. What I remember most were the wall hangings that featured really colourful, intricate flower designs in needlework.
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We had some hanging in our house in round frames. So beautiful.
My needlework is not half as good as this, so I didn't bother to try. But I took this inspiration and tried to infuse its beauty into an everyday object using patchwork.
Colourful flowers on an ivory coloured background. Similar to the original works of art in our house, but infused with my own style and strengths.
And I get a pretty new pillowcase out of the deal! :D
The flowers were made using scrap cotton that I paper pieced into hexies. I hand sewed them together and then down onto the ivory background. It was something fun to do while I was watching TV after the kids had gone to sleep.
All of my favourite fabrics and colours are in there. The focus in the artwork I always thought was the colourful palette and the bold florals. I think I captured that pretty well.
This pillowcase is almost too pretty to sleep on. Looks like something I could buy at a designer housewares store for mucho money. This pillowcase only cost me a few dollars.
I backed it with black and white damask fabric which seems to be a serious trend lately. Bold and floral - I think it keeps with the theme I was going for.
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