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A tale of three cushions
We're getting back into the swing of 'it' here, everyone is settling back into the term time routine. It's getting much cooler but I'm being obstinate and refusing to put the heating on until October!
This past week I've been busy making bits and pieces for a forthcoming fair and finishing projects that have been waiting patiently in my basket...
I thought I'd share a few of the cushions I finished this week. I'm sure you already know I love to make cushions - I think they are the closet thing to comfort to make besides blankets and I just don't seem to have the time to finish those :(
The first one that got my attention was the ruffle cushion I started using leftover Rooster Almerino from Lulu's blanket. It's great to be able to make a project from leftovers. I didn't quite have enough cream to create a back for it so I used an acrylic wool mix in the same weight that did the job just fine.
I have a feeling she's a bit big for her filler but I won't hold that against her as she plays nicely with others...
The next one was also made using leftovers; this time using all acrylics in very autumnal colours. The mustard colour was a different ply to the others so I just doubled up.
There's something so lovely about a simple granny stripe. There's a brilliant tutorial over on Attic24 if you've not tried them. Perfect for TV blankets :)
And the last cushion I want to talk about is the one I didn't make but am most excited to share (sshhh don't tell the others)...
I bought this cushion while we were on holiday in Cornwall. It came from a gallery in Mousehole and is made by a local fibre artist call Rosa Booth. It's been handmade with recycled fabrics (mainly wool) onto hessian. It's just the prettiest thing I've seen in a long time. I couldn't find a website for Rosa's work but the gallery it came from was The Sandpiper Gallery, they have some amazing pieces and there are a few examples of Rosa's gorgeous tea cosies on their website.
Oh look at the detail...stunning.
So there you have it three cushions, some prettier than others, but all handmade with love.
On a side note, totally unrelated to crochet or craft, I wanted to mention that I watched Fabulous Fashionistas on Channel 4 the other day - Mainly because it featured a local lady and I've always admired her style. It was the most uplifting program I have seen in a long time. It's made me feel much better about getting older but most significantly how having a positive attitude to life can carry you through even the toughest times. If you haven't watched it I'd definitely recommend it - I'm planning on taking a few tips from those ladies!
Right, I'm off now and seriously thinking of crocheting some kind of nose cosy - my poor cold nose is really objecting to my refusal to put on the heating!
Bye for now. Em xx