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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.

Tree of Life – a bespoke modern patchwork cushion

I had a lovely commission before I went away on holiday … a (belated) wedding gift. It was a fairly straightforward brief – a simple, contemporary cushion cover in white/cream tones, patchworked and quilted. The only unusual part of this bespoke cushion was that the quilting was to be in the form of a line drawing, touching on the artist Rob Pepper’s work, and that (more conventionally) the piece should incorporate their initials and the date of the wedding.

And so evolved the ‘Tree of Life’ … I didn’t want to do a straight copy of a Rob Pepper drawing, but I did want to draw on the spirit of it, but with my own twist – so my design is perhaps less free than his drawings, more stylised, but I felt it appropriate for my medium ;). I’m pretty pleased with the outcome:

Tree of Life - bespoke contemporary cushion, patchworked and hand-embroidered

The patchwork was pretty straightforward – a log cabin variation called ‘Courthouse Steps’, worked in shades of white and cream and a variety of different textures – the geometric lines of a ribbed knit, the denser structure of cotton drill, cotton voile, muslin, silks, linen and cartridge paper (which I interfaced before I started working).

 I loved it as it stood, but I decided on that patchwork structure (rather than a more romantically named block) because it supported the design best, with its strong geometric layout and the way it pulls perspective. I worked the quilting in single strand cotton embroidery yarn – a combination of cream and a dark chocolate brown (using black would have been *way* too heavy) – with gold embroidery silk (again single strand) to work the detail of their initials, wedding date and the lazy daisy stitching to set the leaves on the tree.

I’m pretty pleased with the result … and this project has inspired me to experiment more with different materials in. I already have half in my mind an idea with quilting bark onto silk, with beading …. but that’s for another day 🙂