Monthly Archives: September 2015

Colorful custom made throw pillows with a child’s drawing on top

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Colorfull custom made square pillows children's drawing wine red

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Whimsical, Colorful and full of child imagination

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A new week has started and I’ll show you a bit more what the new KusKatStudio has been up.  Last June I have been making these colourful custom made pillows.  A good friend of mine wanted to give a special gift for a first communion.  We let the three girls of the family make their own drawing and I transferred them to square pillows.  No KusKat figures this time, but imaginative, playful and colourful children’s imagination.

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First I had to print the drawings and make them in little pieces of appliqué.  For making the little appliqué pieces I use some adhesive iron on paper.  It is a paper that is strong enough to hold its shape while turning the fabric edges, and afterwards you can take away the paper leaving the piece with the iron on residue.  What comes in handy for ironing the piece in place before sewing.

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And as with the most of my products, the used fabrics are 100% cotton textile and all prewashed before assembling the pillows, to avoid any color bleeding when they get washed later on.

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After the piecing process comes threat painting to transfer the children’s drawing in thread and put the applique pieces in place.  I used the technique of free motion machine embroidery, a embroidery way I came to love allot these last years.  On the back of the wine red base fabric I put some backing to make it more easier to embroider on it, still a embroidery hope was needed.  And sometimes, the back looks much better …

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And here you have the finished throw pillows.  I like it you can put the drawings of your little ones around in the house, on the beds, put them in the couches, lay them on chairs,…

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Pillow fight anyone?

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I would be thrilled to make more of these square throw pillows with children’s drawings on top, so if you have a little girl or boy in the house and there creative scribbles and are interested, please contact me here

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And at last but not least a picture of another throw pillow out of velvet cotton fabric I made for a little girl.  She had made a wonderful drawing with dogs and bicycles and a airplane,…. for a custom made twin quilt (I will share that later on with you).  And with that comes a soft and cosy decorative pillow.  I loved doing these little dogs!

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These colorful Pillows are now available at http://www.kuskatstudio.com

* in cotton  HERE

* in light green linen HERE 

Costume made decorative square throw pillow of a children's drawing, dogs, velvet cotton

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Have a splendid, inspirational and sunny week!

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Katelijn Smissaert

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www.KusKatStudio.com

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Vindimas in the Douro Valley and KusKatStudio

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It has been a while since I have been taking up the typing machine to write you a blog post.  In the meantime lots of things have changed.  KusKatdesigns moved to a new atelier, and with a new place comes a new name,

KusKatStudio.

In my new Studio new drawings and figures are coming to life, two bright new collections are being created, new techniques are being experimented and a new website is getting ready to be shared with the word wide net.

Lets say, the last months have been very, very productive and creative.

But more about that I will share with you for the next weeks coming.

Douro valley, cycling rio Tua, Port wine

(source: Katelijn Smissaert, Douro Valley)

This time of the year is when its time for ‘Vindimas’. The picking of the wine grapes, the gentle feast of crushing the mature grapes with the bare feet’s, some music and a good cup of last years wine.

Porto is known worldwide for its ‘Vinho do Porto’, Port wine.

A sweet red/white fortified wine produced exclusively in the Douro Valley.

But what is less know is the good quality of real wine that is produced in the Douro region, as well as the wines of the other regions of Portugal ( Alentejo, Tejo, Dão, Palmela, …).

Last year I was asked by Olga of the Olga Santos Gallery to make a costume figure for the wine of Paulo Santos.   And with this new character I created Products like a wine apron, a wine bottle bag, a bread bag, and wine glass coasters.  Carefully embroidered on 100% natural cotton.

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And as the Douro valley this time of the year is flocked with people

ready to have some beautiful Red feet’s,

you can understand where the inspiration came from

If you are interested  in the process of the wine here at the Douro Valley, you might want to see the pictures of Douro exclusive of Ana Carvalho and Marcio Pinto.  They are specialised in giving people the best Douro Valley experience.  Check out there website here.

As for me, I still prefer my good old bicycle to cycle over the hills and inside the valleys.

Hope you enjoyed the big red feet’s.

Greets

Katelijn Smissaert

For costume illustrations and products, please contact me here

One more picture for the road:

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(source: A nossa Quinta de Candoz)

I linked up this post with Inspire me Monday, Sarah Celebrate’s two uses Tuesday, Wow Us Wednesday, VMG206’s Brag about it, Olives-n-okra