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Commission: Bridesmaid dresses to upcycled cushion

I’ve had a lovely – if busy – start to the New Year! I was so happy to get a commission to create a bespoke cushion from a couple of bridesmaid dresses – and even happier that I’m allowed to talk about it – most of my commissions are so personal that my customers prefer me not to share them. A wonderful way to start the year … I think I’m at my happiest when I’m working on something special for someone, creating a piece of memory cloth 🙂

The dresses arrived … such gorgeous fabric, and sumptuous colours …

A simple cushion, that makes the most of the fabric and the colours. A contemporary cushion, that won’t look dated or old-fashioned. A cushion that still evokes the memories of a very happy day.

Stripes …

The dark purple dominates, with the lilac strip from the skirt bordered from strips of the ivory dress – on one side, the sash – complete with the little flowers – and on the other, the the organza skirt fused onto the lining.

And on the back – an envelope closure … with a lilac strip that lines up with the one on the front.

I used the buttons from the bodice of the little dress.

I am so happy with the finished result … it will be going home in the post tomorrow.

Do you like it?

What could I do for you? Do you have a special dress, a suit you can’t part with, a collection of baby clothes that you’d like to free from the cupboard, transformed into something you can see – and use – every day?

If you’re interested in commissioning a piece of work, please do get in touch for a free consultation – I’d love to hear from you.

Bespoke charcoal slow cloth cushion

I’ve been working some more weaving … this is a bespoke cushion from before Christmas, which was intended as a gift … so I’ve delayed posted the pictures until well after the event, to avoid spoiling any surprises!

It all started as an old charcoal cashmere pullover – badly mothed and coming apart at the seams – that had huge sentimental value. A gift for a special man, made from his father’s old pullover… what was wanted was a modern, stylish cushion suitable for a man’s study ….. but the wool was in such bad condition, that the only way to make it into memory cloth, was to make it into slow cloth.

First things first … into an old pillowcase and into the washing machine at 90 to felt it … and I was glad I’d put it in the pillowcase, otherwise I’d still be pulling little black bobbles out of my machine now! Once it was felted and the wool wasn’t going to unravel on me, I cut strips from it, each roughly 5cm across and around 50cm long. I wove them together onto a linen base, and used chevron stitch in black embroidery silk to hold the edges down and together. And then quilted over the top of the whole thing in turquoise silk, ecru cotton and silver metallic embroidery thread, just a fairly straightforward running stitch, because it didn’t want to be too fancy and feminine.

With the top completed, time to turn my attention to the backing … I am the most terrible cheat when it comes to buttonholes … I can do them, but they drive me demented, so if I can get out of it, I will. My favourite cheat, currently, is using old shirt fronts as the backing for cushions. In this instance, an old dress shirt – I thought the black lines worked well with the cushion top colours and lines … and hey presto, buttons and buttonholes already present and correct! YAY!

Top and bottom together, with a 45cm x 45cm cushion pad inside … and I think this is a pretty stylish, masculine, modern cushion, perfect for a study chair!