Monday, 14 September 2015

Cushions (Lucky Finds)

Cushions have always been a favourite thing to make. They are useful, decorative, provide comfort and can update a room quickly. This cushion was made by a good friend of mine and lives in one of the bedrooms.
I love the way the strong texture of the tweed has been combined with the delicate silk, net and voiles in the flower.
The centre of the flower is a felt ball studded with beads. It is sooooo pretty.
This cushion provided the inspiration and colour link for new cushions after redecorating.

The room is decorated in Laura Ashley Duck Egg blue and I wanted a touch of fushia pink to give it some warmth. There was enough fabric left over from the curtains to make two basic Oxford cushions, but they needed something pretty. Luckily, after hunting in the fabric drawers I found a Tilda charm pack, which had been a birthday present that were just the right colours.
How amazing was that, the duck egg blue with splashes of fushia pink and some green to give it an extra zing.
                     
I used the 'stack and whack' method of patchwork and added some hand embroidery and pieces of old lace to decorate the surface.
The hand embroidery has been worked with stranded thread and the lace flowers were cut out from an old piece of lace that was also at the bottom of the drawer. One of the benefits of hoarding things, you just never know when they may be useful! Delicate shell buttons from the button box were also added.
The two cushions are different, which pleases me as it makes them unique.

The room was almost complete with the fushia tweed cushion sitting in the chair but it looked a little lost all on its own. It needed a friend but I was fast running out of the right coloured fabric. My next piece of luck was to find a pretty crochet pattern in Granny Squares All Shapes and Sizes by Barbara Wilder and Beatrice Simon.
It had been created in similar colours, which was fortunate as I probably would not have considered it otherwise.
The front and the back panels are stitched together separately and then joined like a jigsaw puzzle. It was a bit tricky fitting the cushion pad in and stitching the last section but..............
                        ............Voila! It all came together.
The two cushions fit neatly in the chair
                            and I'm very happy with the results of all the lucky finds!

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