Rainbow Optical Illusion Woven Pillow

In my quest to knock out some recently found WIPs, I have finally finished this Rainbow Optical Illusion Woven Pillow. What began as a handful of 20 different AGF Nature and Floral Elements in a rainbow of colors turned into something pretty spectacular I think.


I had always wanted to make a rainbow version of my Optical Illusion Weave Pattern and am stoked that I finally took the time to do it. Here are some progress photos, which I milk as long as I can when working on a weave.

Checking the timestamp on Instagram, the weave portion of this pillow was finished back in January of 2017. And then it just sat on a shelf and occasionally became the background for a cool notion. Here’s the finished weave in all it’s glory.


Part of the reason this sat on a shelf for so long was because I didn’t want to waste any of the weave and so I cut it into an Octagon but then I couldn’t wrap my brain around how to use it in that shape. Then a couple weeks ago when I found it, I cut it into a 15″ x 15″ square panel, but then I couldn’t find a fabric that went well with it for the back. Then last night as I was trying to find a back again, I caught this rainbow panel that I used for my spinning seams tutorial and totally had a Eureka moment.


For it to work as a back, I just had to add 13 more squares to total 25 and a pillow back was birthed.


I used the Aurifil Iris 40 wt from my Mister Domestic’s Tool Box, which is such dreamy perfection on all of those colors. I totally consider this thread a neutral, especially when working with saturated colors. And here are some supplies I used in this project:


And here’s the back and front of this magical rainbow pillow.


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  1. Mathew Boudreaux

    Super Duper Love.

  2. Mathew Boudreaux

    This was spot on!!! I might have a tub of wip’s hiding in my sewing area as well. I also have been working on finishing them up.

  3. Mathew Boudreaux

    Wow. Can’t say enough! Love it!!

  4. Mathew Boudreaux
    Barbara Campbell

    This is fabulous!!! Totally off the charts beautiful and complex!!! I’d pay $120 in a artists shop for that creation!!!?

  5. Mathew Boudreaux
    María Rostro

    Bellísimo, me encanta la selección de color!

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