So alongside buttons and Russian dolls, I also love elephants (and owls and cute little mushrooms and cats and and and)
So here we go, yet another felt cushion for your perusal.
I started by choosing my materials…
…but as per usual I completely and utterly changed my mind when it actually came to starting on the “piece”. Oh God, I can’t call these things I’m making “pieces” – it sounds so unbearably…overblown for what basically amounts to me sewing bits of stuff onto other bits of stuff.
I decided on a herd of pachyderms stampeding across the front of the cushion.
Using a basic running stitch in the same colour as the background felt, I attached the elephants onto the cushion.
BLANKET STITCH around the edges before stuffing. I’m actually getting a tiny bit better at it. Hope springs eternal.
Aw, I’m pretty pleased with this one. Would be nice for a babies room (minus the choking eye buttons of course)
In other news.
Look what I bought!
It was only after a grim fight to the death for 45 minutes just to get a bobbin wound correctly; that I remembered why I hate sewing machines.
So…I am going to try my hardest to love this new addition, and to get him to love me too – much in the manner of Eliot leaving a trail of M&M’s for ET I am going to go very slowly and not frighten him by…I dunno, actually trying to make anything more complicated than a zigzag edging…
I’m sure high jinx will ensue.
Next on the agenda of obsessional felt cushion making?
I love the look of naive, folk art and decided I would like to try and design and produce something along those lines. I wanted to sew some basic bird shapes onto a fairly neutral colour (I’m heavily into grey at the moment) and brighten up the design by having one bright bird standing out.
Using a simple overstitch I sewed the birds onto the backing, trying to keep the stitches as neat as possible, HOWEVER, as I have cleverly called this (in my mind) NAIVE work, it’s not a huge deal if some of the stitches are a bit uneven, as it’s all part of it’s folk arty charm. *ahem*
I carried on sewing all the birds onto the felt background, and also added a lone bird on the back of the cushion for a heartbreaking “THAT’S JUST LIKE ME” moment.
I then made an unadvised visit to John Lewis’ haberdashery department.
The ribbons! The buttons! The felt! OH MY!
Anyway, along with around forty pounds worth of ribbons and “Hand Made by Buddists” fabric; I got my sweaty little shopaholic hands on some fabulous buttons which look just like eyes. On a cardigan? Maybe a bit sinister; on my birdy cushion? AMAZEBALLS!
Once again I tried, and failed, to make my blanket stitch look beautiful, even and professional. It is becoming my nemesis. I quite like having a nemesis, it makes me feel all Important.
I super-stuffed this cushion, using a pencil with an eraser at the top to poke the kapok into the corners. I think my button cushion was under stuffed to be honest.
I am very pleased with the outcome.
I wonder who’s getting it for Christmas..