I recently re-discovered the proddy technique. I had always thought of proddy as a way to make pretty little flower pins, but why not think outside the box? What else could I do with proddy?
Being an avid rug hooker and a dyer of wool, I had some leftover pieces of pretty pink wool fabric from another project. Reusing leftovers for an experimental project is something that frequently piques my interest, so I thought “why not make a very large proddy pillow?”. For my experiment, I designed and made a Dahlia pillow (pictured above)
To make my Dahlia pillow, I first drew a circle in the middle of my backing material and then a smaller concentric circle within the larger circle. Then I started working the center of the flower. I used my Oxford Needle Punch (from The Oxford Company) to place a combination of yellow yarn and yellow wool strips.
The next step was to rip my wool into usable size proddy pieces. For that, I used my lovely wooden Proddy Tool and Gauge
To do this, I snip along the salvage pieces every 3/4 of an inch and rip into long strips. I then wrap the strip around the proddy gauge and snip. This results in beautiful petal like pieces of wool.
Working from the back of the fabric backing, I then poke a hole with my proddy tool and poke in one end of the petal and then poke a second hole next the the first and insert the other end of the petal. This goes round and round until you finish to your desired size.
It is a satisfying feeling to poke and poke and poke and then turn the piece around to see the front of the flower pillow.
This is second pillow I have finished recently. I plan on sending the piece to Canada to a church that is being converted to a fiber arts center.
You can find two Dahlia Proddy Pillows on my Esty shop Ellen’s Hooked Rugs