Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Experiments With a Pillowcase

I have a redundant pillowcase that my youngest says isn't quite her style any more. It's too girly.
I was going to take it to the charity shop but then I thought it might still be useful to me but in another way...

It has little mauve flowers as a design and I thought I could cut them out
and use them in a painting..

It's not much good as a pillowcase any more 
but now I know the possibilities of fabric!


renilde said...

Dear Jessie, you haven't been sitting still, reworking sketchbook pages and all.I like your sweet birds but that scary bird had a very nice head (in my opinion), anyway the colours on these two pages are wonderful , i like the left girls eyes. Love your recycling idea, and yes it's exciting to try something else.
Your 1978 photo reminds me of the David Hamilton posters which were very hip in back then.

Thanks for your sweet wishes, xx

rachel awes said...

i would love to rest in THIS.

Bee happy said...

Great idea, I am just pondering which pillowcases I own that I can use for presents at christmas instead of a stocking ;)

Bee happy x
Have a delicious day!

Purpletreebird said...

Thanks Renilde, I especially enjoy drawing the eyes. I don't know David Hamilton, I'll look him up in a minute.

Thanks Rachel, you'd be very welcome.

Thanks Bee, you're going to have a lot to buy aren't you, to fill a pillowcase?!

Carol said...

Great idea. I've used "past-it-but-still-pretty"pillowcases to make bags for inside laundry baskets which try to snag your clothes! Also made a 'travel' laundry bag which I found really useful (and more attractive than the usual plastic carrier).
The more inspiration you find on craft blogs the more you are loathe to part with anything that could be given a new life.
Carol xx

Purpletreebird said...

Thanks Carol, you've reminded me that I used to use pillowcases for a sheet in my babies' moses basket and pram. You could just turn the whole thing over if it became dirty (and with MY babies that was several times a day!) It would also stay in place really well because it covered the whole mattress. :o)

lynne h said...

hi jess, i love these mauve flowers - of course i love just about anything mauve. ; ) but yes, pillowcases and fabric and general are so *useful*! i like your pale quiet girl here speaking with the flowers...

i too feel like a 'pale, quiet girl' these days... (and yes, the black line is *very much* like an etch-a-sketch!!)


Purpletreebird said...

Thanks Lynne, we have a lot in common! :o)

Jamie Burch said...

Wow! Your art is so lovely. Happy to have found your beautiful blog!

Take care,

Els said...

Oooh .... lovely! to re-use that pillowcase in this way ! You did a wonderful job!

Purpletreebird said...

Thanks Jamie, I'm happy you found me! :o)

Thanks Els, it's something new for me, I'm sure I'll do some more again soon.

Victoria said...

So beautiful!! Everything you create is so magical and wonderfully-wow!!