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Handmade (embroidered) Holiday

It has been an excitingly busy holiday. I felt like a true business person, I sold several custom pillows and a few pillow pattern - I was quite thrilled. Despite the hectic holiday season, I was still able to abide by one of my resolutions for 2010 - that is - give handmade gifts for all gift-giving occasions. It was difficult - several sleepless nights - but I managed to create some handmade treasures for my home as well as a few friends homes. One of my favorite creations was a poinsettia dish towel that I made for myself and my friend Liz. First, I drew and colored the pattern above in Adobe Illustrator. Next, I printed the design on cotton fabric (on my Epson printer). I cut along the edge of the design - like you would if you were creating a decoupage - then I affixed it to a  dish towel I purchased at Ikea (pack of 4 for $2.00 - on sale) using spray glue. [caption id="attachment_624" align="aligncenter" width="325" caption="Dish towel"][/caption] Next came the fun part. I outlined the flower with a stem stitch embroidery. It looks a bit like Shadow work to me - maybe we can call it digital shadow work - what do you think? [caption id="attachment_625" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Poinsettia Close up"][/caption] I made 2 sets - one for my home and the other for my friend. I presented it to her at her annual Christmas eve party. She was thrilled - It was a great hostess gift, different that the various bottles of wine that everyone else brought. Since I am in the pillow making business, I had to create a few extra pillows for my couch. My couch is read and therefore quite festive, but I think the addition of the pillows was a great touch. Well, I should get started on my project for Valentine's day. I am thinking of doing something with the image below. [caption id="attachment_628" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Valentine's Day Project"][/caption] xoxo Al

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