Picasso Lady

Textile art piece by Linda Kooper Wallace.  Hand painted with textile paints on white cotton, free motion quilted, and framed in a recycled frames.  The metallic paints give this piece a glow, and the sheen changes as you view it from different angles.    The piece measures 8″ x 10″ and is available in our shop.

Put a bird on it

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Uploaded to the shop today  is this textile art piece.  The dimensions of the piece are approximately 8″ x 10″.  It is in a recycled frame and the piece is signed and dated on the back.

Original piece, hand painted with metallic and other textile paints onto cotton fabric, and free motion stitched.

 

Retro Sewing Patterns

I found this great site for free vintage sewing patterns: CostumingDiary.com.

It has a list of free historical costume patterns including medieval, Elizabethan and Victorian patterns.  Some of these look like a lot of fun!

If none of those catch your fancy, we have a large selection of vintage patterns on our Etsy site.  Here are some of our favorites:

 

Size 14 - Swinging Sixties A line dress sewing pattern by Prue Acton ~ cute dress ~ mod dress ~ mid century dress ~ hipster dress

Size 14 - 70's pattern, Misses Dress and Jeans Top ~simple pattern ~ easy pattern ~ cute top ~ vintage shirt ~ vintage top ~ 70s clothes

Size 6- chest 25 -Butterick Pattern 6962 - Children's and boy's blazer jacket and pants -- 1960s ~ boys blazer ~ vintage boys pants ~ suit

 

We wish you happy sewing and creative fashion!

 

Linda and Amy

What’s hot this season? Faux fur pillows!

A quick Google search for faux fur pillows is bound to stimulate your imagination!  They are so popular, and can lend anything from an elegant touch to a fun and kitschy feel to your home.

Elegant faux fur pillows

This photo from Rachel’s Look Book is a great example of how they can really go with any decor.  In the article, she mentions that she will probably switch them out as the weather warms up.  What a great way to freshen up your decor to go with the seasons!

Whitney J Decor gives us this example of how they can be used to an elegant effect as well.

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Even the real estate site Zillow gets into the act, with this amazing Bohemian bedroom.  Wouldn’t you love to dive into this bed?

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So we have seen that fake fur can be elegant, or luxurious, but they can also really add a sense of playfulness and fun to your home!

Pottery Barn teen offers this great selection of colorful pillows.

fun and colorful faux fur pillows

I absolutely ADORE this great pillow from Ali Express, don’t you?

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The Decorista does fantastic things with purple!  A surprising color, but how beautiful it turned out!

Purple pillows

If you are feeling inspired, why not create your own faux fur pillows?  They are super easy to do, very quick, and turn out so amazing.  If you have not worked with fake fur before, fleecefun.com has some great tips for you here.  They also have sample patterns, so no excuses, pull out that sewing machine!

Bigfoot Country Traders happens to have some fabulous fake furs in the shop now.  Here are a couple of my favorites that I think would make amazing pillows.  Most of these furs are in large enough sizes to make multiple pillows, which will really help tie your room together.

Faux fur fabric- mongolian tan/golden fur- photo prop - 36" x 32" - b12
Long tan Mongolian style fur
Mink look faux fur, fake fur, in gray and silver - 30" x 60" - B12
Mink look and feel – grey and silver

 

White & green fake fur fabric 30" x 36", 2" nap, white varigated to green, faux fur, shaggy, hairy, long hair- B11
Long white shag with sage green at the base

 

 

Fake fur fabric 36" x 60", orange, faux fur, shaggy, hairy, long hair- B11
Long orange shag, fading to gold at tips

 

Two tone fur fabric, silver and royal purple - purple at base, gray / silver on tips 19" x 60" - B11
Two tone fur- royal purple and silver

With great choices like these, what are you waiting for?