Small pillows for a small chair

The petite-ness of the pillows was dictated by the letter-sized sheets of stabilizer I ran through the printer and used for my embroidery template. www.lovelihood.com

Conversation corner

Ikea's iconic chair, replicated in miniature, and treated to it's own accessorizing pillows. www.lovelihood.com

Pillows, bound

Normally, I go with a corded edge on throw pillows, but I decided to instead throw on some of the bias binding left over from a quilt. Mitered corners sure do make it fancy. www.lovelihood.com

Pillows, done

The sashiko-inspired embroidery was completed last summer and sat awaiting purpose until now. www.lovelihood.com

Sashiko stitched

I love the tunnelling effect of the sashiko. Gotta do some more of this. www.lovelihood.com

Landing place

The chair was intended for The Boy, but is mostly just pushed around by Bear to access higher ground. And to lay toys on for safe-keeping. www.lovelihood.com


Sure, my aesthetic generally leans toward a more modern, stream-lined look. And the recent rise of cool crafty folk and their endless supply of books and magazines and web links pretty much satisfy and inspire my how-to needs. When it comes to the basics, though, things like pillow closures and step-by-steps on a zillion different types of slip covers and reupholstering projects and window treatments, I turn to my personal collection of instructional texts, stocked mostly with finds from the semi-annual Friends of the Library booksale. They bear titles like The Family Creative Workshop, or the Better Homes and Gardens Sewing Book, or my go-to zipper primer The Art of Sewing/Making Home Furnishings. Nothing wrong with a little classical reading. But, I do wonder if a modern instruction could condense steps 14-16 to a more to-the-point "turn pillowcase over." Then again, who am I to complain about wordiness?