(Update as of January 18, 2014: After some further search where Wikipedia sourced the origins of chevron found in pottery at the Palace of Knossos, I realized that I cannot definitely account for the veracity of that piece of information. Please read my other post, “Uncertainty of Chevron Designs in Ancient Pottery at the Palace of Knossos,” for further information.)
I remember the first time Martha Stewart taught me how to sew my first pillow cover in college. While she didn’t sit next to me by my mom’s sewing machine, Martha Stewart did teach me how to sew an easy bath towel cover on “The Martha Stewart Show.” In one episode, she turned a bath towel into a pillow cover just by folding one side of the towel over the other and stitching the sides. It was brilliant! I didn’t have to a cut a darn thing, and I could practice sewing a straight line.
But as you’ve seen from my last tutorial, I am a novice sewer, emphasis on novice. While it can be disheartening to see that I am a tiny fledgling blogger in a vast sea of other well-established bloggers, I must start somewhere. And that somewhere was at Jo-Ann’s. I regularly check out the remnant section because sometimes I feel paralyzed when I decide which fabric to cut and how much. Plus, I don’t want to spend the money, if my sewing project turns out to be a colossal fail.
This week, I scored an awesome deal at Jo-Ann’s in the remnant fabric section. The chevron remnant piece (Upholstery Fabric – HGTV HOME Chevron Chic Quartz, 55″ – Item #12221420) wasn’t much, but it was enough to try a new sewing project. In fact, Dana from Made Everyday, helped me to remember that sewing a pillow cover is one of the easiest sewing projects, especially for a novice sewer.
While I’d like to say that I am in love this lumbar pillow, I’m not certain that I want to keep the cover for as long as we’ve had the old one. I don’t think the chevron design is here to stay.
I leave you with one final note about the origins of chevron stripe fashion and design. Have you ever wondered how the chevron stripe trend came to be? From ancient pottery in Crete, Greece to insignia representing military ranks, and now into modern day Missoni fashion (heightened most popularly in the 70’s), this zig-zag design exploded into homes and fashion runways. According to E Reach Consulting’s article, “Chevron Madness: Trends V. Traditions,” when Target launched a line of Missoni fashion in 2011, people went gaga for chevron so much that it’s now everywhere – in high-end fashion magazines to DIY home blogs.
I remember the craze surrounding when Target launched Missoni for Target. Sheesh.
Well, now I can safely say that I have tried chevron, and it’s fun…for now. I don’t think I could dedicate an entire floor rug to our family room. It would be too bold of a design statement with strong sharp lines and edges. I’ll keep the chevron pillow for a while, until I score my next huge remnant fabric deal that is.
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