To Do: A Pillow, But Not a Bracelet

I had a to do list today, and I didn’t get through it because I got distracted. Everything on my list was something I need to finish. I wasn’t going to start anything new.

But then I did.

Like this bracelet.

Turkish Flat Weave Bracelet Hemp

It was not even on my radar until I got an email from Creative Bug with a video tutorial on how to make one.  It’s crocheted and it’s called a Turkish Flat Weave. It’s not hard, but using hemp was not the best choice for my first attempt. The stiffness of the cord was kind of cranky. And like I found out with a previous project, it’s hard to see what’s what in the black yarn, or cord.

So I picked out some supplies for another one.

Materials for Turkish Flat Weave Bracelet

I went with the cream-colored number 8 pearl cotton thread and the bright beads.

Turkish Flat Weave Bracelet Cotton

The parts I got right are really nice.  But it’s twisted where I didn’t flip it the right way. If you watch the video you’ll know what I mean.  Once I get the hang of it I’ll unstring this and make it over.

By the way, if you can crochet, this is a very quick project. I started the second one at 10:30 and 45 minutes later I was working on the closure.

This pillow was on my to do list. This is not the pillow I set out to make but it’s what the fabric wanted to be. Anybody else have projects like that?

I made the pillow with a couple of decorator samples.

The floral with the owl is linen and the animal print is polyester. I have another piece that I think is drapery silk that will go on the back.

Applique Pillow Basted

If you look close you’ll see my navy blue basting stitches. I haven’t decided exactly how I’ll attach the applique. If I have thread that exactly matches the pink I may quilt it down first before I secure the edges.

It’s going to be a pillow cover for a 16 or 18 inch square pillow. Since I don’t have another sample in this same color family this is all there is. The back piece is smaller than the front, so I’m hoping to manipulate it enough to manage a concealed zipper on one of the edges.

I have nothing this yummy pink will go with so I’ll probably sell it. It’s going to be amazing if you can use this almost dusty pink.

I have other decorator samples and I’m sure some of them will want to become the pillow I planned to make first.

How’s your to do list coming? Hope your day is swell!



7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. juliascreativeyear
    Jul 21, 2017 @ 01:42:54

    All fab projects… I might check out the bracelet design and try making one myself! Also, the owl design is gorgeous.



  2. Jan
    Jul 21, 2017 @ 07:44:05

    Thanks, Julia.
    And yes, make a bracelet and tell me what you think. I’ve been on Creative Bug before and the video opened right up. Let me know if there are any complications when you go there.



  3. Tami
    Jul 24, 2017 @ 14:41:04

    I love the bracelets!!! The first reminds me of the kumihimo one I made and I love the black thread with the goldish colored beads. The second one is gorgeous!! I love the beads and the light happy look!!!! I will definitely be trying this! 😀

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    • Jan
      Jul 24, 2017 @ 14:59:58

      Tami ~ I can’t wait to see what you come up with. The hardest part for me is choosing the cord and the beads! But I have a red and gold button that would make a nice closure, I think I’ll match beads to that for my next attempt. I’m going to work on creating some patterns.

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      • Tami
        Jul 24, 2017 @ 15:32:15

        I have so much trouble picking beads too!! I am trying to build up my bead stash but it’s so hard to not want to buy EVERY bead in the store!! I think that picking a button might be a good way to go and then choosing the cord and beads to match that. 😀



  4. Jan
    Jul 25, 2017 @ 08:48:50

    Oooh! Tami, I’m in big trouble on that front. Joann’s had a bead reset recently so a bunch of beads (and more) went to clearance. And last week there was a 70% off coupon that also applied to them! Yikes! Trouble is I bought some beads with holes too small for my cord. I’ll ream some of them out, but then I might have to find a teeny tiny drill bit to enlarge some of them.
    Now, I have to go through my jewelry tools and see what I have so I can buy what I don’t have before they are all gone.
    I really need to make something to sell to pay for this habit!



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