Wanted to show a detail of a pillow top (eventually to become a ... pillow!) that I'm currently working on.
There's been a couple of days in the past week where touching wool hasn't made my fingers want to retract back into their shells, so we took advantage.
To make these roller skates, I found that cutting their forms out of wool felt first worked well.
The silver-y satin material is from a Sephora bag which I cut slightly larger than the felt skates. I then sewed the satin to the back on the felt, to secure all the little ends that would want to fray. I put a dot of fabric glue to the backs of the skates to lightly place them onto the pillow top. Doing this did away with the need to pin them in place and take the chance that they'd shift while stitching them to their background. Another reason not to pin: I suspected that this satin-y material would show a pin mark that would be nigh-impossible to get rid of.
Stitched the boots to the background in a quasi-blind stitch, then added the boot stitches with a back stitch using quilting thread. I like using quilting thread for its strength, because in certain areas, I want to pull hard and make a "relief".
I made the bootlaces with a variegated embroidery floss (3 strands' worth), and used the same floss to make the ties (back stitch). I stitched on silver beads to make the boot eyelets.
The under parts of the skates were made using the drawstring from the Sephora bag. (Can you see why I love Project Runway?) I couched the drawstring onto the background using a silver Balger blending filament, simply because that's the only silver metallic thread I had on hand. The wheels are silver bead from my assortment of STUFF.
The background of trim that the skates are sitting on was given to me by a woman I've known since childhood who was decluttering her casa, and kindly thought of me in terms of her cool vintage sewing notions.
I'll show you the rest of the pillow at another stage of wip-ness, or when it's done, or when I feel like it.
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