Monday, 16 April 2012

Make a mid-century cushion

midcentury cushions

A simple embroidery project using basic chain, couching, daisy, buttonhole, straight and knot stitches to great effect. I love these two colour schemes but I'd really like to see the design in black, brown and white on a red background, or a neutral linen cushion with very bright, verging on flouro, stitches (*rummages through fabric and thread stash*).

midcentury cushion diagram

Love their jaunty off-centredness, which must be intentional, as it happens near the middle of both cushions where the stitching starts, before any accidental wonkiness would have had a chance to occur.

Full instructions, including an embroidery-stitch crash course/reminder, right here and here.

Taken from this well-thumbed copy of The Complete Book of Handicrafts (Octopus, 1973)

handicraftsbook cover

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