Wednesday, 21 October 2015

WIPW - Fruity Cushion Resting

This week, Work In Progress Wednesday reports on the completion of the

Fruity Cushion.
I made up the cushion, lined it, attached a zipper and added a tassel for each corner.

For the lining I used a special kind of thin silk crepe used for Japanese summer kimonos, 楊柳 youryuu.
 In my stash I have a number of samples of summer silk, and the width was perfect for the  lining.


For the tassels I cut up lengths of the linen thread used in the embroidery.

The cushion is now resting on my bed.

So with the cushion completed I need another project. 


Conveyor Belt Needle Case

Starting back in February I made several needle cases in a 'conveyor belt' fashion in wool embroidery from a Swedish design. (There are five WIPW posts starting with this one).

The needle cases have all been given away, but I will be needing one more for a gift, so I drew the design and mounted the black wool in a hoop.


30 comments:

  1. your cushion is lovely and also loving the needle cases, maybe a scissor keeper to match would work well too though I am sure you have already thought of that

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    1. Ha, ha! Don't push me! Five of the needle cases were for a group of friends and if I were to make a scissors keep for one of them I'd have to make four more... The idea of a set , though, IS great!

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  2. Wow. The fusion and the needle cases look fantastic.

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    1. Thank you. Now I have to sort out what threads and colours to use for the black wool.

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  3. My little needle case is happy to be one of those re-homed ones. They are very special. I love the tassels on your pillow. What a sweet finish!

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    1. Thanks Julie. I am so happy to be almost back on track and having some time to spend on sewing (although I had to be a bed side sitter for a long time again today).
      I believe I have somewhere in my craft library a book on 'serious' tassel making, you know the kind where there is a wooden bead inside the tassel and braids as well as masses of thin silk threads are used.

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  4. This is a perfect and wonderful cushion. I admire the lining with silk and the tassels give it a beautiful finish. Stitching and embroidering on wool must be so soft for the fingers.

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    1. Now that it is getting a bit cooler working with wool will be possible!

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  5. Your cushion looks lovely and very unique.

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    1. I love the original design, but also the personal touches (kimono silk lining and tassels).

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  6. What a wonderful finish! The cushion is quite impressive.

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    1. Thank you. It was fun to make, although it took a long time to complete.

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  7. Queenie, the Fruity cushion is Stunning! It should be entered in some freehand embroidery competition. The tassels finish it off so well.
    Love the Needle cases.

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    1. Oh, Maureen,
      you're so kind! As the pattern is a published one I can't really enter it into a competition, but will think of it as a 'ribboned' cushion - just for my own enjoyment or vanity!

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  8. The fruity cushion is beautiful. enjoyed looking at your stash of summer silks. the needle cases were great idea. waiting to see this in progress.
    Chitra

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    1. I wish I would make better use of local fabric, being in Japan with all the beautiful weaves why don't I make quilts in kimono silk, or bags in summer crepe or dolls in the thicker kind of crepe, chirimen? YOU always work with the lovely silks of your region.
      One half of the needle case is now finished. It was great fun to work!

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  9. Beautiful finish, Queenie, enjoy your day!

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    1. Thank you Janie,
      I wanted to make use of a zipper, which was a bit short, in my stash, and I am pleased to say there was no problem to squeeze the inner cushion into the cover. The finish looks neat enough.

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    1. Thank you, I've got so many kind words, but remember, th design is not my own, so I can't take credit for THAT.

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  11. Wow, you turned it into a beautiful cushion. Love the tassels!

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  12. Your cushion is just beautiful and your next project will be gorgeous too!

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    1. Thank you, Susan.
      Whenever I SEW with wool I think of you and your beautiful knitted wool creations. The Santa was awesome!

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  13. What a great finish for your cushion! Those tassels are fantastic with all of the fun colors included.

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    1. Tassel making is very rewarding - just a few strands of thread and you have a nice ornament. With sparkly thread it makes the ultimate Christmas tree decoration.

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  14. Your fruity cushion looks beautiful and wonderfully finished too. Congratulations on finishing your lovely project!

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    1. Thanks Jenny,
      It is nice to have something finished where you can see it daily and remember the work, the fun and the struggle, you put into it.

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  15. The cushion is magnificent!!! WELL DONE! I treasure the needle case you made me! And now I get to see how it's done. Hmmm. Conveyor belt sewing. I'd never guess!

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    1. I had to make five needle cases for friends and made the first four in one go. The ones I made for you and Julie, I am sorry to say, were the very first, trial ones!!! Sorry!

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