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Wordsworth Pillow Tutorial

A few days ago, I got a new toy from Artograph and I couldn’t wait to put it to work. 
I’ve been eyeing a light box for a long time, but it was always bumped down the priority list after lenses and sewing machines and other tools of my trade.  My new Artograph LightPad A930 arrived on my doorstep last week and I knew my days of taping things to a window to trace were over. 

Can you hear the angelic choir? 

I have loads of ideas for how to use this, but I started out with something simple.  A hand painted poetry pillow.
I started off by selecting a pillow, fabric, poem and a font.  I chose the very last paragraph of a Wordsworth poem called “Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood.”  I printed it in a free downloadable font called “Jane Austin.”  Once the poem was printed (in 100 pt. font for a 13″ x 19″ pillow), I cut it out and taped it together and in place on the LightPad.

I spread a piece of linen (cut to the size of the pillow, plus one inch added to the length and width for a seam allowance) over the poem on the LightPad.

I then used some tape to secure the fabric in place to prevent shifting while tracing the poem. 

I then traced the lettering lightly with a pencil…

…turning the LightPad off after each line to make sure I was tracing all of the lettering. 

After removing the fabric from the LightPad, I used a 1.0 liner artist brush and charcoal gray latex paint to paint over the pencil marks.  If you’re not comfortable with a brush, you can use a paint pen.

Once the paint was fully dry, I pinned on a charcoal grosgrain ribbon in a pleated pattern to act as the pillow trim when turned right-side-out after the front and back of the pillow are sewn together.

I didn’t measure or anything.  Just pinched and pinned. 

I sewed the pillow together the same way I did in my Ruffled Pillow Tutorial

I’m really happy with how it turned out. 
In case you’re curious about the paragraph I used, it reads…
“Thanks to the human heart by which we live,
Thanks to its tenderness, its joys and fears,
To me the meanest flower that blows can give,
Thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears.”
Man, that Wordsworth knew how to string some words together. 

Thanks so much to Artograph for giving me the opportunity to “play” with their LightPad A930.  If you would like one of your own, you can buy it in variety of sizes and price points on the Artograph website

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  1. Lucky you! I have been asking for that for Christmases and Birthdays for years! I'm going to have to break down and buy one! I used to think it was cheating, but after much experience I realized it saves so much time and many artists use that!

  2. I'm giving you a standing ovation…can you hear me? This is so lovely…love the subtle colors. It's almost like a whisper. Gray is my new fav this season…which is good since my bedroom has been that color for over a year now.

    What a fun toy. I want one!

  3. Your work is always professional looking. The pillow is sweet and elegant. Love that contraption. I had no idea it existed. boy am I in the dark. Guess I will still be using the old window method for now.

  4. I just did the same thing for some flower definitions for pillows and I think we even used the same font. Jane Austen?

    Love your ruffle trim! I am going to check out the light pad now. :)

  5. That pillow is so lovely!

  6. they look adorable… esp the font and the frill… definitely going ro use that somewhere around the house

  7. Awesome idea! Thanks so much for sharing. Your blog is such an inspiration!

  8. haha cool! i didn't even think these existed!!

  9. Love your blog! Really enjoyed learning about the light pad… and how to add the ribbon. Watched your custom piping tutorial video and learned a lot! Thanks!

  10. Lorrelei says:

    That's a really good use of a lightbox! I'm now hunting around for more uses, mine has been in the spare room for years, I'm inspired, thank you x

  11. gorgeous!


  12. Rishana says:

    I love love love this pillow and want to make it,but don’t really want to spend the money on a lightbox,considering I don’t think I’d have much more use for it after all. Would love to hear some alternatives to use as a lightbox! Love the trim on the pillow too.

  13. Rishana says:

    sorry,meant to put that I wouldn’t have much use for the lightbox after the pillow project. I didn’t mean to put “after all!”

  14. That is gorgeous!

  15. Cindy says:

    I am so excited to have found you! I am beginning a new business and have not sewn for years, but I’m not about to let that stop me. I can not wait to try this out. Thank you for your inspirational thoughts, dear Mis Mustard Seed.

  16. I just love this pillow. I would love to include it in a pillow post I’m doing on my blog. May I use a picture from this post and link back to you?

  17. What is the font size

  18. ShiAnn says:

    What font is this?

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