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Folk Art Pillows Collection #1


Introducing my new pillow art combining Folk Art with wool fibres! The Folk Art Pillows will welcome a spot to sit anywhere such as a window ledge, couch, bed and favourite chair! 

Why not add original Folk Art Pillows as a conversational piece to any room that will certainly bring a smile to you and your guests. My designer Folk Art Pillow collection is a unique idea for wedding gifts as you will be assured no one else will duplicate your gift.



Folk Art Pillows by Minaz Jantz


Each of my designer pillows is authentically unique and there will be no two the same. Every step and detail of the Folk Art Pillows are made by hand and no machines are used to quicken the production. 


Folk Art Pillow Collection by Minaz Jantz


I combine design, colour theory and various hand stitching techniques to needle-felted motifs. You may appreciate the length of time (one week per pillow) to create something from scratch and have each step all made by hand.


Close-up details POMPOM Mermaid Pillow by Minaz Jantz


The Folk Art Pillows is stuffed with acrylic stuffing and make the pillow light in weight but very cuddly. The main part of the Pom Pom Mermaid pillow is hand knit then washed in HOT water to shrink the wool shell for a tighter fabric surface.


detail POMPOM Mermaid Pillow by Minaz Jantz

POMPOM Mermaid Pillow by Minaz Jantz
Completely hand made
 SOLD

What is needle felting? Fluffy 100% wool called roving is the material usually used with very sharp barbed needles specifically designed to stab the wool into a clumping condensed fabric called felt. STABBING is the action and do not be distracted but keep watching where the needle goes or OUCH. 

Fork plus wool equals pom poms.

I found a YOUTUBE video on how to make pom poms with a fork. I wrapped the fork till it was a large lump of wool for a bigger pom pom. I trim the pom poms down to the size I want and then with the long end, I will thread a needle and stitch the pom pom into the finished edge of the pillow. Here is the video below that explains very well how to do this technique without any fancy pom pom gear!







Folk Art Pillow Collection by Minaz Jantz

The collection of Folk Art Pillows is a way to decorate any home space and these pillows are one-of-a kind to never be made again... They will certainly be a whimsical feature to any room!

Kooky Kat folk art pillow by Minaz Jantz
Completely hand made
 FOR SALE $60.00


Kooky Kat details by Minaz Jantz

Kooky Kat has its eyes, nose, heart and featured spiral on the back tail that is all needle felted with roving wool onto a black felt fabric foundation. Then once the motif is completed, I will cut it close to the felted wool and attach the motif with hand stitching using button and embroidery threads. Not only does the stitching make for minute detailing but it also secures decorative attachment to the knitted body. The whiskers are fluffy wool that I hand stitched right into the wool to make for kinky whiskers.


Kooky Kat Folk Pillow backside view by Minaz Jantz

Kooky Kat Folk Art Pillow is wanting to cast spells from any spot it sits. Soft stuffing and soft wool surfaces invite the weary head for rest and contemplation!


Folk Art Pillow Collection by Minaz Jantz


Daisy Daschshund Weiner Pillow by Minaz Jantz
Completely hand made
 FOR SALE $100.00
My next knitting adventure took me to Weiner land! I have been blessed with a few sausage shaped dogs in my life named Wein Beaner, Wally and Dixie so this pillow is dedicated to their unique body styles and tenacious personalities. 

FOOD & sniffing is what they LOVE and will follow from behind as long you don't RUSH THEM. They will take their sweet time getting there where ever that is. Be sure of their sweetness and know they are brave independent thinking dogs who even thou they are short to the ground, their size is no matter as they know that attitude is everything! 


Close-up Daisy Daschshund Weiner Pillow by Minaz Jantz

Needle felted motifs are made on top of black felt sheets as it makes for a durable decoration that is has a quilting hand stitching to attach to the pillow and also let the hand stitching create further textures adding a little blue button for the eye which is attached with orange button thread. 


Close-up Daisy Daschshund Weiner Pillow by Minaz Jantz

As you may have noticed all the daisies... I have been influenced to add to my Dachshund tribute pillow a big daisy...what is happier than a field of daisies? Wild daisy flowers cover completely my front lawn. How I love to sit on the deck and watch the world of birds and bug culture who also love the daisy flower.


Wild white daisies all around my front deck!
Wild white daisies all around my front deck!


Love Bird Tassel Pillow by Minaz Jantz
for sale $135.00

The 4th pillow in this series is made from very fluffy yarn with silk threads running through it to give it a shimmer. I LOVE birds so this one is dedicated to the birds that share my joy of nature and every day I look out my window see the birds doing what birds do!


Love Bird Tassel Pillow by Minaz Jantz

I wanted to make this pillow BOHO glamorous with a BIG FULL tassel with crochet embellishments of a yellow flower for the top of the tassel and a heart for the tie around the tassel.


Love Bird Tassel Pillow by Minaz Jantz

Lots of tiny hand stitching in silk threads went into the needle felted embellishment to give it texture and added shimmer.


Folk Art Pillow Collection by Minaz Jantz
Love Bird Tassel Pillow * Mermaid Pillow
Kooky Kat Pillow * Daisy Weiner Pillow

designed by Minaz Jantz
There will be more Folk Art Pillows to be created! I enjoy the freedom to work creatively with wool combining knitting and felting with embellishments of hand stitching. 

If you are interested in purchasing any of these pillows, you may contact me:
 minaz@artgirlgallery.com and can arrange payment by paypal and shipping.


Follow the Yellow Balloons Open Studio Tour

Folk Art Pillows Collection will also be featured for the 'Follow the Yellow Balloons Open Studio Tour' this October 1, 2017. 


The Felted Pillow Gang: by Minaz Jantz SOLD
The Felted Pillow Gang: by Minaz Jantz
SOLD
You can view more of my handmade designer pillows The Felted Pillow Gang in the previous article here.


May your life be joyfully woolly!



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