Fruit and flowers
All came from discontinued decorator sample books, bought for just a few bucks from the wonderful Scrap Exchange in Durham, NC.
All are very high-end. Example–The big rose on the 18 inch pillow came from ” Connoisseur Embroideries” and sold for (get this) $390 dollars a yard.
But at just 10 by 10 inches and backed with paper labels (that are almost impossible to remove, this pricey piece of embroidery created challenges–
The solution: Contrast. I paired it with something unexpected like a humble vintage mattress ticking.
First: I stitched the sample to the center of my ticking pillow top.
Tearing fabrics is also much faster than cutting and hemming lots of strips. I could never make them as perfect as the stitching in my sample, so I didn’t try for a finished look. I went for contrast.
Look for more Rip it! pillows in my Esty store–www.kikisrewinddesigns.etsy.com
Here’s one I’m about to list made with a pricey sample and torn fabric on faded blue burlap. Love the contrast!