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Boro cushion: “we have all the time in the world”

A while ago, just after my grandmother died, I was looking at her gold dress watches and wondering how to incorporate them into a piece of work … in the end, I came up with this boro piece of wall art,weaving the watches into the gold velvet and chiffon fabric.

Boro cloth - chiffon, velvet, vintage watches

It spoke to me so strongly of time and memory, of recapturing lost moments … I didn’t think I’d ever go down that road again.

Until I acquired a box of broken jewellery that had a number of vintage watches – none of which worked – included in it.

It seemed logical to revisit that earlier, personal piece:

This time, I have worked the boro in a red shot silk … the shimmer in it works beautifully with the watches … and they look like little jewels nestling into the fabric.

cushion - black, red silk, vintage watches

It ended up quite a small panel … it needed setting into a larger piece of fabric. I had the perfect piece waiting …. that black wool cloth. A peddler used to visit our house in Kuwait when I was little – I guess he came round about once a month – and mum always used to buy a piece of fabric from him. This is one of them. It’s a  lovely soft piece of cloth, and has this fantastic red stripe along the border that I’ve used on the back of the cushion …

black and red cushion, vintage fabric

Those brass-effect buttons look great with it, too …

cushion, black, red, vintage watches, boroI think this funky cushion needs to go into a study, or a home office, or perhaps into a cosy reading nook … anywhere you need reminding that you have the time you need to do what you want to do.

It’s available right now in my Etsy shop … or you can contact me if you’d like a similar piece using your own inherited treasures ….

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!