Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Spring/Summer Cushion Covers

Summer is finally here! Well two days of lovely hot sunshine that is. Temperatures reached 22 degrees today but looking at the forecast it's rain for the rest of the week and will feel much cooler. I am terribly British to start a post speaking of the weather! It has been beautiful and it's lovely to see the garden come alive again. The scent from various flowers and herbs are glorious in the evenings. My greenhouse is almost full, my beans have been planted and my peas are just starting to poke through the soil. I am really looking forward to shelling peas and having runner beans for dinner.


My greenhouse

I've been busy lately designing and making cushion covers. An idea popped into my head one evening and before I knew it I was surrounded by fabric, cutting out shapes and piecing them together. One of my initial sketches included a scene featuring a dog in a garden, standing next to a shed with some flowers in the foreground. One I had cut shapes from fabric and laid them out I couldn't help but think it looked too messy so I simplified the design and came up with this;


 How cute are the little dogs?!


Anyway, I loved this design so much that I want it to feature in more of my work. As you may know I do many other crafts besides sewing and find zipped pouches/bags really useful to store my bits and pieces in. I made myself one to keep my knitting notions tidy.


I can't help but love the red. It's bold and bright, perfect for summer. 


Another cushion cover I made was one just for myself. I thought personalised covers would be a nice touch and made a 'N' one as my name is Nicola. I tried to keep the design feminine and added machine embroidery details to soften the harsh shape of the 'N'.




Today's cushion design is a pretty patchwork cover. I appliqued hearts onto each square with bondaweb and then used a tight zig zag stitch all around the edges. I really like this cushion and have cut out squares and hearts in other fabric combos to make more.



So what else has been happening lately? Well I finally finished another WIP! I'm doing quite well this year finishing off various projects. In my last post I spoke of my first ever evenweave cross stitch, well I finished it and I'm thrilled to bits with it. I turned it into a little cushion for my rocking chair. It really is going to be something I treasure forever.



I'm working on knitting a summer top using a lovely shade of cotton. I've completed the back and about half way through working on the front. The cotton feels lovely and I really hope it's wearable once it's finished. I shall let you know!


I hope all my UK followers had a lovely bank holiday and enjoyed the sun shine. What are you working on at the moment? I would love to see


Until my next post, take care xx

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