Thursday, December 13, 2007


It's really easy at this busy time of year to procrastinate--I've got work, shopping, wrapping, decorating, cards that all should be done. All are good excuses to procrastinate on an embroidery project. My niece's wedding is in two weeks and I suggested, offered, downright begged to stitch the ring bearer pillow. But for some reason I can't get going on it. I have the design on the fabric. I have the threads gathered. Not a single stitch! I've been working on wedding things for months, shower invitations and favors, wedding favors, etc. but I'm stopped by this.

Here's the shower invitation, which was fun to do. And I had no problem getting it going or completed and mailed on time.

For the ring bearer pillow, the fabric is a lightweight silk with a layer of fine chiffon over it, both in a nearly-white color. The embroidery will be in silk and metallic threads (Kreinik Vatican and silver) in shades of white and a burgundy. I have some wired flower centers that are quite similar to the trim on the wedding dress and I may either attach them around the pillow top using the wires or remove the wires and stitch them on as drifts of flowers. So the plan is worked out and things are set.

I will attach Burgundy ribbons at the dot in the middle to tie on the rings, and an elastic band underneath for the ring bearer to hold.

Since the couple likes classic and simple, I plan to just finish the pillow with a twisted cord around the edge.
This is the book that provided the basis for the design, a ring bearer pillow that I modified a bit by swapping some design elements. The text is in Japanese but the pictures are good and my niece was able to translate some things for me, to get me going.

My niece and her fiance are both Far Eastern Studies majors and have lived, and plan to live and teach, in Japan. That was my motivation for a Japanese theme for the pillow. Nothing else about the wedding reflects this interest, but I thought a touch of it would be a nice addition.

Next week I'll post the progress I make over the weekend.


Barbara said...

Good luck with getting yourself in gear for the ring-bearer's pillow. I'm sure it's going to be beautiful. :)

Your blog is lovely!

TrixieTaxi said...

Welcome to blogging! I love the crochet stuff, (I'm a big yarn whore) and your's is so different but so cool! I love it.