Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Mandala Pillows- Part 1 of 3

Because several of you had questions in December about the size of this pre-felt rug...


...here are photos with a 36-inch (yardstick) for reference.


I really fell in love with the look and texture of this project while working on it...


...so I decided to make a couple of Mandala pillows to match!


I began by covering the resist with pre-felt snippets...


...then added a layer of cotton gauze and wool batts, and flipped it over.


The art batt-wrapped 'design' side...


...and the back (flap) side.


Because my daughter was so happy with her rug...

...I decided to make two coordinating pillows for her, as well!

I used the same felting method as before...

...covering the resist with bits of pre-felt, then cotton gauze, then wool batts.

 I wanted the shape to remain round after felting (and not narrow into an oval)...

...so I hypothesized that if I added a narrow resist 'flange' to the back side...

...I would have enough additional felted 'material' to act as a flap for stitching the pillow closed.

Next time: how this idea worked out for me...

...and some modifications for pillow number two. :)

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12 comments:

Kelly said...

Awesome! The rug is so nice and colorful! Interesting idea about using a flange,I cannot wait to see the results!

Светлана said...

thanx for share your art with us! Its so beautiful!

FeltersJourney said...

Great colours (as always :) Heather, and LOVE the design! I can't wait to see the finished pillow x

Heather Woollove said...

Kelly-Thanks! I actually thought of the flange idea when I was considering making the flower pillow that you and Deborah made. Of course, mine turned into a purse, but the idea remained. :)
Caetnaka--You are very welcome!!
Deborah--I'm glad you like it! These wildly colorful projects really appeal to me, too!

Melissa Plank said...

Hurry, hurry parts 2-3 please! I absolutely love both designs, they remind me of mosaics. Really wonderful!

Rachel said...

It certainly seems like a good start..

Heather Woollove said...

Melissa--Thanks! Yes...we are certainly 'bold color girls', aren't we?!?! :)
Rachel--I hope you'll like the finished pillows.

Jackie said...

Wonderful!

WonderWhyGal said...

Heather, you really are a rock star! I can't wait to see these pillows. Thanks for the ruler references too.

Heather Woollove said...

Jackie--Thanks! :)
Andrea--I hope you'll like them.
(I know people were wondering about the size of the rug.) XXO-

red2white said...

The rug is really striking and I love the idea of round cushions!! :)

Heather Woollove said...

Monika--Thanks! I had been wanting to make a maze-like project for some time and pillows seemed like a good format for it.