These pieces are inspired by traditional Otomi embroidery designs. Embroidery of this type is made by indigenous people from the state of Hidalgo, Mexico. Typical designs are fanciful animals, flowers, and leaves. The embroidery is usually a satin-stitch which is very labor intensive. I’ve always loved these designs but I wanted to reproduce them as appliqués using mostly Kaffe Fassett fabrics. When using fabrics with large designs, it is important to cut them out very carefully. This method is called “fussy-cutting” in quilting terms.
All of the figures are machine stitched in place. After all the designs have been sewn in place, the background is quilted using the free-motion method. All of the fabrics are 100% cotton. The pompoms are attached when the back cover is added. All of the pillow covers are signed in the back. The pillow insert is not included, but you can purchase pillow forms from many locations.
This pillow’s background is a medium-weight cotton. The figures are a large bird in flight and a rooster. All of the animals and flowers were created from Kaffe Fassett fabrics. The rooster design reminds me of all the European decor I have enjoyed on my travels. The magenta pom-poms and tassels are handmade in Mexico. I hand-embroidered all of the delicate stems. This pillow cover has an envelope-style opening.