Well it is Saturday and Sophie has been dropped off at a Brownie holiday weekend and we do not pick her up until Monday. So as promised here I am with my first half-term post. The above shows a wool blanket cushion that I started at an Embroiderers Guild day workshop last yea,r just before my Dad died, and I never went back to it. So last night I dug it out and did quite a bit to it.
I love hand stitching and especially french knots. There is no particular design plan to this at all but just following the guidance and advice of Madeline Millington who ran the workshop and specialises in items made from recycled wool blankets.
I did have some scraps which I had bought from her when she exhibited at Westpoint in Exeter some years ago, so I have always liked her work.
The main cushion is made up of a crazy patchwork style base and then shapes are hand stitched on top using a variety of stitches. Plenty of stitches too, this is also a good way of using up odds and ends of knitting wool too.
I do have a Bigshot and a few dies that will cut fabric so when I got home I cut a few shapes using the machine but on the day of the workshop I hand cut some random shapes as well.
This is still very much a work in progress and along with my Chookyblue Swap item I hope to complete both if these this coming week. I like the thickness, colours and randomness of this cushion and the fact that you can simply make it up as you go along and use such a wide variety of wools and stitches.