Last November I stayed with my friend in Torquay for a few days. Gill was already very excited at the prospect of travelling to Canada for her younger son’s wedding on the 28th March. Over a few drinks in a lovely Torquay pub the plan for the wedding present was hatched.
This picture is of a tattoo that both Dave and Kira have and Gill said that the image means a great deal to them. Could I put this picture into a rag rug cushion?
So after careful drawing and redrawing of the picture and some manipulation of the colours, this is the result. I secretly sent Gill the picture and waited with baited breath for her answer. She loved it.
Dave and Kira were married yesterday and the cushion is now beginning its new life in Canada. Congratulations to Dave and Kira!
This is another of my cushion commissions. It was more complicated than you might imagine designing the car and getting the “nameplate” to fit, (whilst still being legible!)
Edge of Austin's cushion showing backing
The cushion measures 16inches square approximately and was hand hooked using a wide selection of soft fabrics, mostly fleece, t-shirts and woollens.
Austin's cushion sky detail
Hope he likes it!
Life’s been a bit uncertain and tough for the last couple of months so instead of comfort eating I’ve done a bit of “comfort rugging” to ease the stress levels. I’m quite chuffed with the result.
The finished cushion measures 43 x 43 cm (17 inches square) and is backed with royal blue corduroy fabric.
Sean’s cushion – completed 14th May 2014
Here we are, at last! This one took longer than I expected as “life-the stuff that happens while you’re busy trying to do something else” has been intervening for the last month or so.
I also had a crisis of confidence with the “moon” in the design. It began life far too large and looked like a banana. This was not good. So I unpicked and re-hooked it. Now it still looks a bit banana-ish but not as obvious! That’s the wonderful thing about rag rugs – you can design as you go along.
The cushion measures about 17 inches square. It’s backed with royal blue heavyweight corduroy, as usual sewn to the rugwork by hand. This takes about 4 hours to do, as you have to oversew the edge loops of the rug to the backing to stop the hessian peeping through. (There’s no way this will go through a sewing machine unfortunately).
Sean cushion – side
Sean detail 2
Sean detail 3
Here’s the finished item at last. The brief was for a cushion for a little girl aged four who likes girly things. I toyed with the ideas of fairies but found they wouldn’t look delicate enough in rug hooking. So I used flowers, hearts and pretty colours and am chuffed with the way it’s turned out.
Side view Abigail’s cushion
Have been busy over the last couple of weeks juggling home and family commitments as well as business endeavours. Here’s a detail from a cushion commission I’m just finishing.
In the meantime I’ve joined three other designer/makers to market our handmade goodies online and at craft fairs and markets in the Midlands area. We are called the “Little Handmade Emporium” and can be found at http://www.littlehandmadeemporium.com” and on Facebook as Little Handmade Emporium.
Our first craft fair will be at Barton Marina, Barton under Needwood, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire. DE13 8DZ on Sunday 27th April 2014 at the Barton Marina Specialist Food and Craft Market. Here’s a taster of our wares….
String Bean Vintage
I’ve never done an animal theme on a rag rug before, but there is always a first time. I had fun designing and making this and it has cheered me up no end during the past few weeks. The cushion measures 14 inches square and is hooked using strips of non-fraying materials (as it is for a young child) and backed with royal blue corduroy. The highlights in the eyes are embroidered with white embroidery thread, with the ends tied at the back for security. Let’s hope Alfie likes his lion!