You’re Invited to Deborah Main Holiday Open Studio & Sample Sale!

This photo was taken by JD Walker, owner of Flowers & Found Objects, our newest store in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He has a beautiful display of our Ornamental Charm Series.

This photo was taken by JD Walker, owner of Flowers & Found Objects, our newest store in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He has a beautiful display of our one-of-a-kind Ornamental Charm Series.

This week’s Texture Tuesday (no new post this Friday) is about my studio as I’m busy preparing for my Holiday Open Studio & Sample Sale and YOU are invited!  I’d love to see you, celebrate the holidays together, and show you where I create my artwork.

Texture and color are everywhere in my tiny South Austin studio. So much that I need to do a bit of culling. It seems you CAN have too much of a good thing. Especially when you’re a collector, or in more primal terms, as some south Austin stitchers like to say, a “fabric junkie”.

I confess. I have A LOT of stuff!!! (But I am not a hoarder, so don’t judge) 🙂

I compulsively created pillow art for years, and frankly couldn’t stop making them. Just as soon as I’d put away my machine or scissors, a textile would peek out at me and trigger a creative idea, and before I knew it, I was creating another pillow. I actually started my business and all the different series so that I’d have a place, an online home, for my creative artwork. And now, 12 years later, I’ve been selling my textile pillow art ever since!

Please stop by and see all the texture and color that inspire me every day. Perhaps you’ll find something in my studio that inspires you too?  And I “might” be having a sign up for a December Holiday Ornament-Making Workshop, so you’ll want to get on the list quick.

Below are some ribbons I’ve collected over the years. These are my special ones I keep in a special wooden box. I bought most of them at a quaint fabric shop I love in Taos, NM. They’re full of texture and color and I get inspired every time I lift the lid.

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Here’s what I have too much of that I’d like to share with you this holiday season:

Vintage Fabric – specifically heavy velvets and thick wooly-like blankets. What was I thinking when I shipped 4 heavy vintage velvet curtain panels from Sheersport, Maine to Austin, Texas??

New Trim – I do not make pillows with thick contemporary trim or looped fringe. But I’ve kept it around (as I do with almost everything) because a creative design idea is perculating in my head and I haven’t had a chance to play around with it yet. But otherwise, I have no use for regular thick fringe…..do you??

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Vintage French Trim – Now this collection below is vast and my favorite possession because of all the color and texture. The trim ooozes with color and I have many patterns in different color ways. I have far too much trim to fit into my tiny studio, but this is hard to part with because it inspires me every day. Truly my friends, it’s like being in a candy store! Come see for yourself this Saturday, 12 -7 p.m. You might find some you’d like to take home. I’m looking forward to having more time to play with this trim, to experiment, and to learn to manipulate it into beautiful constructs for my pillow art.

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Jewelry – I’ve been collecting vintage brooches for 12 years now, learning all I can along the way about specific designers. I’ve fallen in love with these brooches, so they’re very hard to part with. I might have a few for sale, but not many.

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But I have a special treat in store for you at my Holiday Open Studio & Sample Sale.

Some of you may know that my daughter is a designer and makes jewelry. I wear it almost every time I go out to a local event.  Many of you have asked if she sells it.  And she hasn’t….until NOW.

My daughter Qin – Kumi Jewelry by Q – will debut her VERY FIRST jewelry designs for sale at THIS event!!

If you’ve ever wanted to snag a budding designers first work, this is your chance. Here’s one piece I love to wear, and no, it’s not for sale. But please stop by to be the first to shop for Kumi Jewelry by Q. Her goal is to have 20 pieces for our Holiday Open Studio.

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Lastly, and the most important thing I have too much of are my very own PILLOWS!!!

These below are a mixture of newer vintage silk designer scarf pillows and my older collection, Redbrick Modern. I have 3 shelves of pillows, some newer ones 40% off, and some older ones, almost 75% off at only $100! Plus across from this shelf there’s a bed full of pillows and a window seat too. I even have some from my very first collection, Rococo Ribbon Collection.

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Which is where you come in my friends. I’m bringing back my “end-of-the-year” Holiday Open Studio and Sample Sale so you can see where it’s all handcrafted in South Austin and where you can shop for pillow gifts for the holidays.

You wouldn’t believe how cherished pillows can be – they’re perfect for housewarming gifts, hostess gifts, a decorating gift for your own home…. and special ornaments for your holiday tree. And I put a lot of TLC into mine and they’re collectible!

With so many pillows at unbeatable “must have” prices, it is surely hard to come to my Open Studio and not find the perfect heirloom-quality gift or addition to your home decor.

Not all my pillow art has jewelry on them. Some are perfect for tossing on your sofa or bed and having a pillow fight with.

Either way, its time for you to come visit the Deborah Main Designs studio and see for yourself the vintage sewing machine I use, and all the texture and color that inspire me every day. I also want to show you the new pieces I’m working on for art exhibition applications in 2017.

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The last time I had a big holiday show and sale was in 2011. And many of you were able to score a pillow for just $50 from our infamous “Bathtub Bargains”. In fact, everyone was clamoring for them that you could barely fit into the bathroom. Boy, that was fun wasn’t it?  That was a great party!  An old Austin friend who used to be the fashion writer for the Austin American Statesman and now writes for the LA Times, Marques Harper, was here, as well as another local legendary writer, Michael Barnes,, and many of my long-time supporters.

Well, now you don’t have to squeeze into my bathroom for “Bathtub Bargains” as I have a large box with plenty of space around it.

All these pillows in this box are “sample” pillows I’ve used over the years in shows and showrooms.  They ALL MUST GO!! So, $50 a pop is a great way to collect a sample of my work. This top royal blue and lime green pair is made from vintage bark cloth and the texture is really cool and the color really pops! Stop by Saturday to snag them!

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And did I mention that all Bathtub Bargains are $50.00?

Cant beat that price for a non-manufactured, one-of-a-kind handcrafted artisan pillow.

I have customers that have collected my pillow art for years and have filled their sofas and beds, as well as given them as holiday gifts to family and friends over the years.

So please count my tiny studio into your Saturday shopping and holiday party agenda. I’d love to see you, meet you, and celebrate the holidays with some bubbly.

I’ll also have some vintage state scarves and hankie pillows that make THE best gifts!

Know anyone from Niagara Falls?  Got you covered.

Jersey?  Got you covered.

NYC? Got you covered.

Montana? Got you covered.

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So what are you waiting for?  Come celebrate the holidays with tons of color and texture and please stop by my Holiday Open Studio & Sample Sale & More! this Saturday, 12 – 7 p.m. I really look forward to seeing you. My studio address is Deborah Main Designs, 1906 Collier St., Austin, 78704.  Till Saturday, enjoy this pretty Texas weather, XO PG

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Texture Tuesday Inspiration Contest This Week!

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Happy Texture Tuesday!  I’m super pumped up because I just got off an AMAZING Instagram webinar that got me INCREDIBLY inspired!! Which is exactly what I needed this week. And you probably need a boost too, since you might have eaten a bunch of Halloween candy last night, right?

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Got Your Buttons Up for the Holidays?

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Sometimes the best gifts come in small packages. And with my Ornamental Charm Series, we know a little texture and color can go a long way with these very special handcrafted artisan gifts.

As one fan sums it up, “They’re like little presents”.

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6 Tips to Freshen a Guest Room with Luxury!

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What a whirlwind of an amazing Austin City Limits Festival!! How awesome was it to hear all that live music and come back to a cozy South Austin bungalow, high on a bluff above the crowds, nestled in the quiet, relaxing Zilker neighborhood. With tranquility awaiting you on a patio under a massive Shumard Red Oak tree and in a bright, contemporary guest room, what more could you ask for?

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Texture Tuesday – Fur, Textiles, Chain and Janis

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Well, leave it to me to have ALL my projects due at the same time! But isn’t that how the universe usually works anyways, where you’re juggling too many balls in the air and they all need to come together almost the exact same week, or even day?

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Texture Tuesday Inspiration – Green and Gold

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Hi Friends.  Starting up my Texture Tuesdays again. These are NOT long posts. Instead, they’re about inspiration.  You’ll see amazing color and texture detail – from nature, textiles, fashion, and jewels – that inspire me and I hope you too.

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Friday Flowers & Trim – Artists Interpret Red Exhibition

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Well, I haven’t looked at the news today, but so far, I’ve not been able to do Friday’s Flowers & Trim for 3 weeks now due to terrorists attacks. I’m praying there was not one today (as I have some happy and sad news to share on the creative front) and my thought’s continue to be with all those families whose lives have changed forever.

So, today I’m trying to get back to some normalcy with my weekly summer posts.  This Friday’s Flowers & Trim is RED!!  And there’s an extra special reason why it’s RED.

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Friday Flowers and Trim – Red, White and Blue

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With Dallas market behind me (I’ll post that recap next week) and the holiday weekend upon us, I’m looking forward to some seriously fun relaxing time with family and friends. I don’t know about you, but truthfully, after a busy past 6 weeks and with this Texas heat I’m feeling INCREDIBLY lazy. I’ve been working hard on finishing up my new website which I hope I’ll be launching in the next couple weeks. Fingers crossed.  Until that time, I have posted ONE of the four styles available of my NEW Linen and Wood Series HERE.

Today, it took everything I had to muster the energy to go to the store to get patriotic flowers (cause as you can see, last night’s shot below of half-dead roses was absolutely pitiful…lol…although the night sky provided some blue!).

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But we made it a fun family outing today for a neighborhood lunch, the grocery store, the library (where I stocked up on books and even got my 20 yr old daughter to get a book!) and then topped it off with a nice cool coconut and lime snow cone.

Now, all I have to do is sit back and enjoy reading my books. We’ll be heading up to see family tomorrow for the 4th, as I’m sure many of you might be too.  Safe travels and wishing you a fun-filled 4th of July. It also happens to be the 35th anniversary of the day I met my husband at a soft ball picnic. One lucky gal here!  Enjoy the red, white and blue textiles, vintage French trim, and silk scarf below and see you next week. Happy 4th of July and Independence Day! XO PG

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Friday Flowers and Trim – Fuchsia

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Before I drive to Dallas for the Total Home & Gift Market, I’m squeezing in this week’s Friday Flowers & Trim with a simple fresh fuchsia bouquet my daughter brought to me after a trip to the grocery store with her Dad. She does the sweetest things at a time you least expect it…just spontaneous moments of joy. I’m a very lucky mother to have such an amazing loving, beautiful and smart daughter.

As I share this with you today, I had put my daughter on a plane yesterday for NYC for her first US travel by herself. It’s transition time in our home and family. My daughter Qin is meeting up with a friend for a two day K-Pop concert and conference. (If you haven’t heard of Korean Pop music, its time you looked it up. And if you have a daughter who listens to it every day, you’ll become hooked before you know it!) Then she’ll get to visit her brother in Brooklyn.

Besides unconditional love, I think there’s no greater gift you can give your children than travel, to see and learn about the world with their own eyes and through their very own life experiences.

This will be the first time my kids (20 and 27) hang out together for the first time as adults. It’s so cool to see their lives unfold! Parenting is humbling and I feel so honored to have had the privilege to raise my incredible children. And I’m super happy to see my daughter Qin  begin to spread her wings.

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So this Fridays Flowers and Trim is dedicated to my daughter. The most incredible person I know! Truly. I cant wait to see what she does in this world. One thing I do know, is she will spread a lot of love and joy, because she certainly has done that already every day of her life.

I’m headed up to Dallas now for market. Stop by to see some of this delicious vintage trim at our ‘Pillow Patty today from 1-3. Deets right here.  We’ll have one in Austin sometime soon too.

Please enjoy the vintage French trim we selected below, and a few pillows in fuchsia, to accompany this weeks floral bouquet.

When I get back from Dallas Im beginning my summer staycation and hitting Barton Springs Pool this week Wishing you a safe and happy summer friends! XO, PG

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Friday Flowers & Trim – Blue & White

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It’s been a difficult week in American history, and, like me, I know many of you have struggled with a range of emotions over the most shocking tragedy in Orlando. I was filled with anger, sadness, you name it. I didn’t know what to think or do, so I turned off the TV and planted this simple blue ceramic bowl with flowers and greenery. Getting my hands in the dirt helped me feel connected to our earth, our world and life itself. It was a simple gesture that helped me cope.

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In today’s Friday Flowers & Trim I bring to you blue and white and the many soft shades of blue in this short vase of hydrangea dappled in the late afternoon sun. I love the bountifulness of hydrangea. They’re so beautiful! Its like a flower filled with as many petals as possible on one single stem, like a giant pom pom of happiness.

I’d like to dedicate this week’s Friday Flowers & Trim to the beauty in each of the 49 lives that were lost that day.

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I’m still working my way through organizing hundreds of vintage French trim filled with an array of texture and color to make room for it in my tiny studio, but it’s coming along. As you can see there’s still tons of trim in the bottom corners of this image waiting to find a spot on the shelves.

I love this blue and white one below because to me it’s so classically French. I use these trims like a painter uses paints. This one inspired me to create a pretty design on white linen in my NEW “Linen & Wood” Series of artisan pillows that will be shipped to Dallas for Dallas Total Home & Gift Market next week. If you’re attending market, please be sure to sign up HERE for our quarterly newsletter and market announcements as we have a Pillow Party going on Friday June 24th and you’re invited! (Side note to all my friends and supporters in Austin. You won’t miss out as we will have a fun Pillow Party sometime this summer here at my studio.)

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Please enjoy the other beautiful vintage French trim below. Whenever I’m in my studio creating my art, it blocks out the rest of the world and I find peace and comfort playing with all my vintage textiles and trim. I hope this week’s Friday Flowers & Trim gives you some comfort and inspires you too!  XOPG

P.S. If you’d like to start collecting your own vintage trim, I am culling trim and textiles in my studio and now have an Etsy shop called pillowgoddess. Each week I’ll be adding different trim and textiles that I enjoy working with in my pillow creations, but ones I can part with. Please check out my new Etsy shop, as I’d love you to experience the thrill of working with this delicious vintage French trim as I do.

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