Friday, November 5, 2010

Finished Raw Fleece Pillow

Trimmed pillow cover.
 


Leather back side with red stitching.
 


Side view of the finished pillow...check out the wild tufts!! :)
 


Et voila!
 


After allowing the pillow front to dry for several days...

...I cautiously squared it up with a rotary cutter.

Since I was planning on stuffing it with some wonky roving that I had on hand...

...it wasn't necessary that it be perfectly square, or fit a pillow form exactly.

I cut a portion of tanned deer hide for the reverse side...

...matching the shape and size of the front when cutting.

I machine stitched around the edges (using a leather needle)...

...and left an open area for stuffing.

I packed it firmly with roving...

...then discovered that I had a bit of a problem!

None of my sharp, small hand-sewing needles would pierce the leather...

...and I didn't know how I was going to sew the opening shut!

Luckily, I had bought a leather punch tool some months ago...

...and I was able to punch holes along the edge and pull my thread through those.

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the process involved in this project...

...and am curious about how my other fleeces will felt, too!








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11 comments:

Patty Biermans said...

I love it! You had a lot of work with it but ..... Great job!!!
Greetings.Peebee

vilterietje said...

Your husband must be thrilled with the result! Love, Riet

Jackie said...

Will it felt flat after a few sittings on?

Heather Woollove said...

I'm not sure, Jackie.
Right now, the tufts are pretty turgid. (I know how much you love innuendo!) :)
I invite readers who know the answer to this question to please weigh in! Thanks!

Vilt à la Kim said...

Looks great Heather!
If the fluffy hairs are getting flat try carding them with your fingers:) I have made samplers with raw fleece some of the locks I carded with a brooken feltignneedle and the locks became sooo soft. I advise you to try it out first on a small part:) or better make a sampler.

Jeanette said...

I love it Heather! SO beautiful! Now I know what my next project will be.....

Jeanette

Heather Woollove said...

Kim--thanks for the tips.

Jeanette--I can't wait to see what you come up with!!

Sandie Knapp said...

That looks wonderfully soft and fluffy. I would say your little experiment was a 100% success. :)

clasheen said...

My all time favourite piece of yours Heather but of course it is made with my favourite fleece from Rhinebeck!!! X

Licho_Nie_Spi said...

Your pillows are very creative, but this one is my most favourite! :)

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks Licho_Nie_Spi! I've just checked out your blog and you do AMAZING work!!