Friday, March 9, 2012

Mandala Pillows- Part 2 of 3

The partially felted pillow, slit open along the 'flange' edge.


The fully felted pillow...stuffed with cloth placemats to dry.


The finished pillow.


Beginning the lay-out for pillow number two...

...(this time, I've put a thin layer of roving around the perimeter, over the pre-felt).


Adding the cotton gauze.


Making the resist 'flange' a bit wider and shorter, too.


Notice how the cotton gauze is much more integrated this time...

...with no 'hairy' cloth edges showing?


You can really see the difference when you compare pillow edges...

...(pillow number 2 is on top).

Working with cotton gauze for rug making is not a problem...

...since you merely tuck it around the back side as you work. :)

Pillows, however, are another matter entirely...

...since the gauze edge is visible for all to see. :(

My thought with pillow #1 was to cut the fabric larger than the resist...

...and merely wrap it to the back side where it wouldn't be too visible.

While that's true, I still didn't like the look of the edge when it was done...

...so I decided to put a thin layer of wool (only at the perimeter)...

...between the pre-felt and the gauze for pillow #2.

Next time: the finished pillows...

...and thoughts on 'flange utility'! :)

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11 comments:

vilterietje said...

very special and colorful:)

FeltersJourney said...

I love this technique.. using prefelt snippets and cotton gauze! Great idea with the flange too
x

WonderWhyGal said...

That really is interesting to see how the cotton gauze felted up. I like the edging on the second one too but that first one does add some extra character.

Melissa Plank said...

Wow, LOVE these designs!

Natalie said...

I love Mandalas, and you have made some really nice ones!

x

Heather Woollove said...

Riet--Thanks!
Deborah--I'm really hoping you'll 'run with' this flange idea. (See post #3)
Andrea--I love the way the cotton ruches, too!
Melissa and Natalie--Thanks!! XXO-

Светлана said...

well done! very beautiful

Vivian said...

Your creative ideas are endless! If no one ever said this before, you really should sell them on etsy :-)

Heather Woollove said...

Cbetnaha and Vivian--Thank you!! :)

Rachel said...

Bright and cheery!

Heather Woollove said...

Rachel--Thanks!! :)