Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Euro Pillows

DSC_6306This month’s post is about my new Euro pillows.  Yeah, I realize that I’m only posting about once a month… sorry about that.  I have so many ideas of what to post about, but finding a moment to collect my thoughts and make a post seems to only happen once a month!

Alright.  We got a new bed set-up this past year.  We made a platform bed for king size (yay!  So much nicer than the full size we were using!), and got that all worked out.  I wanted a headboard, but it’s not in the budget now, and I really can’t pinpoint a specific headboard that I would like to make or buy.  My ideas change too much!  So, for now, I decided to make a watercolor picture set and have a pillow arrangement to add the flexible touches that I crave.

First, a close up of the watercolors – I’m not a professional by any means, but I like using watercolors.  I just use the cheap $1.00 watercolor set, but maybe someday I can have nicer, more expensive watercolors.  I decided to do a leaf theme.  I wanted it to represent an exhibit of five types of leaves.  The leaves are maple, oak, quaking aspen, raspberry and fig.  I thought they were all unique patterns from each other!

Euro Pillows and Watercolors

Euro Pillows and Watercolors

Next, the pillows.  I didn’t have the access to euro pillow forms, so I made them.  I cut out fabric to make 26x26 inch (66x66 cm) pillows.  I used four standard size pillows (20x26 inch or 50x66 cm) to make the stuffing for the three euros.  Then I got to work crocheting.  Since there are three pillows, there were six large squares needed (for front and backs).  I used patterns from various locations.  They all turned out beautiful and so unique!  The yarn I used was Bernat Super Value, which is actually pretty soft for a worsted acrylic.  I used the Aqua color, and I purchased it through Joann’s during their coupon commotion!  It took about 8 skeins!
Here are each of the pillows, fronts and backs.
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What do you think?  I thought that the various patterns were unified by using the same yarn and color between them.  I really love them as the background and foundation for the rest of the bed.  And do you think we have enough pillows? Lol, I didn’t mean to collect so many!
Euro Pillows and Watercolors