(Photo by Christophe Servieres of Armstrong Pitts Photography)
One of the projects in my book is a faux bois quilt (above). For anyone who may not know, faux bois is French for "false wood", and in the case of my quilt, it's a stitched woodgrain pattern over the surface, which holds all the layers together. I hand stitched the faux bois pattern on the surface of the quilt above, using Perle cotton thread and if that sounds like lots of work, I assure you, I enjoyed every minute of it. Part of what I talk about in the book is mixing hand stitched projects in between machine sewn projects. It's how I myself keep it all interesting creatively. I actually caught up on a few Paranormal Activity movies I hadn't seen while stitching. Side note- I'm a horror movie buff and watch them often in the studio, something a lot of people may not know about me.
I've been wanting to play around with a machine stitched version of faux bois patterning since I finished that quilt, and I finally had a chance to last week. This is an extremely satisfying project, and there's a few tricks that really seem to make this work. Now I'm addicted and trying to figure out what I can woodgrain next.
I will be teaching a faux bois pillow class at Drygoods Design on April 26, from 12-3:00 pm in the MakeDoMend studio (which, by the way, is a LOVELY space to have a class). Details are on the Drygoods website and you can sign up there too! Space is limited so we all have room to spread out and get chatty.