I thought I'd share a little project I made from a picture that I pinned a couple months ago of this adorable beehive design pillow.
|(From 4 Men 1 Lady and pinned here on Pinterest)|
The picture was actually taken by Michelle during a visit to the store Ninush in Las Vegas. Practically everything in there needs to be pinned, it is all so neat. But, the little beehive pillow caught my attention and I thought it would be great as a little homage to our bees, (who unfortunately didn't do so well over our very mild winter, I promise to write all about them when it gets warmer out and we can get some good pictures).
I assumed the hexagon detail was embroidered on to the pillow, so that's the route I took. I ran to JoAnn's and got some fabric, a pillow insert (not pictured), an embroidery hoop, needles, and yellow thread. I loved the gray and yellow color scheme, but found this really cool blue denim fabric that I thought would look great too. I bought a smaller pillow accent pillow because I planned on putting this on a chair that isn't used a lot, (partly because I don't want to risk messing the embroidery up on a pillow that gets a lot action).
Even though I haven't embroidered anything in years (my mom and grandmother are super crafty, so I've grown up trying different things and I have vague memories of embroidering), it's not that difficult and I only had to go to the internet to refresh my memory on stitches. I found a ton of tutorials on different stitches and finally decided on the split stitch since it's great for items that get a lot of action, like clothing or pillows, since each stitch locks in the stitch before it.
So, once I had a plan, I cut out a few hexagons in a size I thought would be easy to embroider and look nice, and laid out a design I liked. There wasn't really any rhyme or reason, I just winged it. Once I got the design I liked, I cut one hexagon out of some cardboard and used this as my template. I drew all the hexagons using a white fabric pencil (I used a blue pen below so it would show up in the pictures) and put the fabric in the loop.
The stitch is super easy and became pretty mindless after a while. You start with the first stitch, then bring the second stitch back up through the middle of the first stitch.
Then you complete the stitch.
To show you what that last action looks like, I didn't pull the thread tight to show you where the needle is coming up. Just remember, the needle is pulled through the thread loop.
And then continue until you've completed the hexagon. For the most part, the corners lined up pretty nicely, but sometimes I would have to shorten my stitch at the end to be able to make the turn. Since you can't really see the separate stitches, it's fine.
I would sew a couple hexagons while we were watching TV and it only took me a couple of nights. Once I filled up all the completed hexagons within the loop, I would move the loop until I finished all 12 shapes. After I finished the embroidering part, the rest was easy. I simply sewed 3 1/2 edges on the sewing machine (with the right sides together), turned it inside out, stuffed the insert into the pillow case, and hand stitched up the hole.
Not to sound like an old lady, but I really liked embroidering. It was relaxing and gave my hands something to do while we watched a movie or I caught up on the Housewives of Where Ever.
Here's the final pillow, (hanging out on the stairs since it had more light than the chair), and this is a pretty true to life picture of the color of the denim:
Here's a closeup of the stitching, which has held up really well with the light use, (and my occasional petting as I walk by). The stitch makes the design pretty 3-dimensional, so it's neat looking and fun to touch, although I am pretty sure Mike has never "petted" it, or any other pillow we own.
And finally, a shot of the pillow in it's home on the chair in the living room, (which was a little hard to photograph due to the weird lighting). I love the way it turned out, and love showing off our love for our bees!
Erin (The Great Indoors), Katie (Bower Power), Sherry (Young House Love), and Cassie (Hi Sugarplum).