Monday, 20 February 2012

Cushions and Crochet

Hi everyone, I hope you all had a great weekend!

And a huge Welcome to my new followers!

I have been on a bit of a roll with the sewing since the new year, spurred on by the inspiration I receive from viewing all your lovely blogs and seeing how productive you have been, and also by the encouraging comments you very kindly leave for me here.

I am also trying very hard this year to actually finish off some of the many WIPs I have littering my sewing room before starting new projects. 

What happens is that I start out with an idea, usually one that I've scrawled down and roughly sketched in my ideas book, then I get half way through said project when another idea overtakes me and I'm swept away with the urge to make it!

Sound familiar?

Hence the build up of  WIPs.

Unless of course I go all out for finishing the project I first started, whilst still in the first flush of love for it, forsaking all housework and all other calls on my time. Which is not usually very realistic.

Of course, there is no way I could just excercise restraint and ignore the new idea - that would be rude wouldnt it? I'm always worried I might forget it, even if I have made a sketchy note of it, and could run the risk of losing a great idea!

So I am particularly pleased that I found these hexagons at the weekend, and finished the cushion I had planned back in the summer when I first pieced them, although I had a round cushion in mind at the time, and still want to make a round version. 

But the round cushion pads I have found are quite pricy, at £5 a time - does anyone know where to get cheaper ones in the UK???

I stitched the hexagons together, then placed the whole piece on to a beautiful piece of vintage table linen, a damask that was damaged in parts so beyond its original use, and so I could cut it to re-use it without guilt - I have some close-ups here.

You can just about the see the patterns - a kind of double "V" or chevron repeat design in the photo above, with a more traditional damask design around the edges of what would have been a tablecloth, in the photo above that.

The back (see above and below detail ) is another piece of vintage linen that was damaged in places, once a fine towel I think judging by the hanging tape, and with a monogram that I am keeping for another project. 

I do get such great satisfaction from being able to make something pretty, new and useful from something old and damaged, but still of great beauty.

I have lined the front of the cushion to give it additional strength to support the patchwork applique, and sewn it together using french seams to provide a neat finish inside.

This is another cushion I made this weekend, using vintage fabric chosen by my daughter, which I have made into a panel and attached to a vintage thick cotton napkin. I have used a band of the reverse of the fabric for the back closure, and the back is also made of vintage napkins. 

Segueing neatly from cushions to crochet..........the subject of trims being the common factor here in case you were wondering how my mind works........
following on from some comments I received on my last post, I have found and photographed another vintage pillowcase I trimmed with crochet edging at the same time as I made the other. 

Needless to say, only one pillowcase is finished, as I must have been overwhelmed by another creative urge before I could even start on the other.

And the fact that it was sitting in my sewing room with its unadorned partner awaiting its trim, with a ball of cotton with a trail of crochet trim hanging from it, hook still intact, meant that I must have had plans for something else too!

This pillowcase is trimmed with a small scallop that is crocheted to the desired length first, and then sewn on afterwards.

The pattern for this latest trim in pink, and the blue trim on the pillowcase above, has been taken from one of my favourite crochet books, Crochet Adorned by Linda Permann. 

It has some great ideas and patterns inside for embellishing clothes and making things to wear and for the home, and best of all it has a brilliant section at the back with all sorts of stitches, patterns for squares and flowers, and pages of wonderful trims! 

I have plans for using some of those trims!

It also has this wonderful white crochet bowl that you mould and stiffen with starch - I'm just dying to have  ago at this!

above photo from Crochet Adorned by Linda Permann

I shall leave you with a glimpse of my current project - more hexagons, larger ones this time, and machine basted for speed - am currently enjoying hand stitching them together in the evenings, as even though I can happily spend time during the day in my sewing room machining away at the latest project, the thought of spending time sitting hand stitching for some reason leaves me feeling guilty!

So it waits until the evening. Which is quite good really, as it allows me to start yet another project during the day, time permitting of course ;)!

No neat segueing here, but just a thought that popped into my head, as a sunny day at this time of the year (and yay, it is sunny!!!!) naturally turns my thoughts to the garden..

I noticed the first huge and swollen pink bud on my camelia this weekend, looking like it will burst forth any day. I'm sure this is earlier than last year, I need to check the dates on last years photos. Has anyone else noticed theirs flowering yet?

Note - this is last years flower!

And at last the first few purple crocuses are out, despite the fact that the ambient temperature was -3 when I got back from the school run this morning.

Have a great day!

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  1. Hello Gilly

    I absolutely adore your hexagon cushion combined with the vintage tablecloth. It is stunning. Your eye for colour and detail is superb.
    Have a creative week

    Helen xx

  2. What a great way to use vintage but damaged fabrics - love the hexies! The crochet edging is so pretty.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  3. That hexagon patchwork is so pretty! I love the crochet edge adornment for pillowcases too!

  4. I just love your patchwork so pretty, you always make gorgeous cushions, would love to come round to your house and relax in them :) have a great week sweetie

    Bee happy x
    Have a delicious day!

  5. Hello Gill
    I love your hexagon cushion, it's so pretty! I've been doing a few hexie things too over the last few months...I really like paper pieceing! Love your crochet edging too, I have never tried it but really love how it looks.
    Wishing you a happy crafty week.
    Helen x

  6. Your cushions are beautiful Gill. I love the way you use white in your work, it always gives such a freshness to it!
    As for the WIP's we all have them (in abundance). ;)
    Vivienne x

  7. The cushions are beautiful and I love the crochet edging! I would love to make some myself but don't know how you would sew it on neatly?


  8. Goodness me you are a busy bee! I love the crochet edge on the pillow case. It is lovely to use up and recycle old and damaged fabric, and turn it into something useful.
    I have a few samplers that I have left unfinished that I would like to tackle. It is hard not to be dazzled by new ideas though. Have a busy week, love Linda x

  9. I must have a go at patchwork so I can have a cushion half as gorgeous as yours.
    Have you tried ebay for round cushion pads? :0)

  10. oohh your hexagon cushion is lovely. dee x

  11. Hi Gill,

    Your story sounds so familiar. I have several projects (sewing & crocheting) laying in my cupboard too. When I saw your pillow with the beautiful lace trim I wanted to start on that one as well...:-)! Thank you for letting me know how to make it!!

    Love the Hexagon pillow you made. It is just beautiful!

    Happy new week!

    Madelief x

  12. Hi,
    Thanks for all your kind comments at my blog. I like your hexies very much. Nice colours :)
    Tine :)

  13. Another lovely cushion, and the pillow with the crochet edging is just so pretty.

  14. You have been so productive! The crochet edge is very pretty. When i was young my nan taught me how to crochet but I have no idea now :)

  15. Hello Gill!
    I am new to your blog but have already enjoyed an inspirational thank you!! I look forward to visiting you older posts when I get the chance.

    Best wishes,

  16. What a pretty patchworked cushion and love the little crochet edging. M x

  17. What a wonderful the pattern!

  18. Hi Gill! I am so happy you bought the book. Isn't it just adorable? Me too are a big fan of Crochet Adorned, a book I often flick through for ideas and inspiration - although I haven't really ended up making any of the projects in it yet. Or... maybe I have tried some of her trims... And flowers...

    Love your hexagon pillow! I am walking around with a desire to give hexies a go... Last summer when I saw them pretty much everywhere I thought to myself "That is way to complicated and I will never dream of making something so time consuming. Simplicity is king!"... But you see, here I am 6 months later kinda ready to make the leap that I never in my wildest imagination thought I would be ready to do. Funny...
    Thanks for popping by. Looking forward to see what you are making from Natural Patchwork... And I am so with you with this idea thing. I have lost count on WiP's spread around the house. Right now I am going through a phase of not finishing anything in particular... It is kinda frustrating actually... See you next time dear. xxx Annette


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Gill x