These pillows were a long time in the making!
They are jersey-knit reverse appliqué in the style of Natalie Chanin’s Alabama Stitch Book.
I started them two summers ago when a sweet friend came for a visit. We knew that there would be lots of times that we would be sitting and talking, so we each had some hand-work to do while we conversed.
Before she arrived, I prepared my fabric and stenciled the design, which is an image I cut out with my Silhouette from the “Sealife” dingbat font (letter “U”).
I don’t think I really considered just how much hand work would be involved with this design! Not only did I not get through stitching the first crab during my friend’s visit, but it took me about a year and a half to finally finish the stitching on both.
They came with me on car trips and plane trips; they came out (if I thought of it) while I talked with other friends… And I finally finished the stitching one day while nursing my son!
Once they were done, I began carefully cutting out the centers of each spot (with fear and trepidation! Wouldn’t it be awful if I chopped through the under layer after all that work?!). I think it took me at least an hour to cut out each panel.
I thought that it would be a zip-zip-zip job to put the pieces together into envelope-style pillow cases, but I managed to jam up my serger with all the layers!
But finally, finally! I sewed the cases together with a machine stitch (they are slightly smaller than I’d planned, due to the serger fiasco), and they are in a place of honor on our bed!
Throughout the whole process, I envisioned these crabs with their claws down (as they are displayed in these photos). But Husband saw them and turned them claws-up! Now it’s a running joke with us how the crabs should be positioned. How do you think they should be? ;-)