Pretty Little Pillows from Lark Books is a pretty little book that explores the creative possibilities that the pillow offers. The underlying structure of a pillow is pretty basic: two pieces of fabric with some stuffing in between. And yet it’s that simple structure that allows freedom to experiment with surface design, shape, and scale.
Then, it gives step-by-step instructions (along with color photos of the more complex steps) to create 29 different kinds of pillows. Each of these beautiful projects focuses on a different technique or material or use. Projects like Afternoon Tea or Tropical Blossom give the pillow an interesting shape, while Twist-n-Tie or Smock It use techniques to alter the surface of the pillow and give it texture.
My personal favorites in the book include the Ribbon Rounds pillow, which is actually four long pillows tied together with pretty ribbons. They’re functional together as a group, or you can untie the ribbon and use them separately as smaller pillows. The Quick Change pillow, with two triangular flaps that can be buttoned to either side of the pillow, allows multiple looks with from one pillow. Another favorite is the Cuddle Drops pillow, little dew-drop pillows with cuddly-sweet appliqued faces.
I’m giving away my review copy of Pretty Little Pillows to one lucky Craft Gossip reader. To enter, leave a comment on this post telling me how badly you want this book. I’ll choose the winner at random. Deadline for entry is Friday, May 21, 20101 at midnight CST. Good luck!
By Anne Weaver