In January, I posted photos and related the story of Calliope’s Castle. My latest project is a companion piece: pillowcases of a sort. They are actually flange-less shams, meant for completing the scene more than cradling the head :)
When I finished the queen-size blanket, there were so many great sweaters left to work with that this was simply the next logical thing to do.
I laid out the fronts first, choosing some apricots and greens.
I had to start with all fresh sweaters and wasn’t able to pull in anything but the teeniest of scraps left from creating the original blanket. I had used every bit of those earlier sweaters!
Then four cream-colored cardigans of Calliope’s presented an idea for the backs of the pillowcases — they could serve as the closures…
…making the pillowcases fully reversible.
And so the backs got a separate set of colors to tie them in: pinks, green, and creams.
I was able to add in some meaningful little details from the sweaters themselves:
the ballet slippers,
the painter’s palette,
and the sweet neckline of Calliope’s own little-girl sweater.
Queen-size pillowcases (20″ by 30″ each)
This is a custom order.
5 thoughts on “Pillowcases for a Princess”
so unique truly and masterpiece
Thanks, you guys. I enjoyed this little challenge, as usual. Also, it’s pretty hard to go wrong when working with something as comely as tiny cashmere sweaters!
Joan- the pillowcases are just beautiful. The blanket is now complete! How lucky this little girl is have these creative pieces in her bedroom to enjoy everyday!
I LOVE them! And the sweater buttons as the closures! And the palette! And the colors! Sorry if I’m too effusive here, but Mom, you’re one talented lady.
So amazing- you really have found a creative outlet. Very beautiful and a sentimental piece for that family.