Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Canvas work cushion

This is a canvas work cushion that I made a while ago. I learnt how to do this in a class at Nancy's Embroidery in Wellington, New Zealand.
Canvas work cushion
This cushion used a wide range of embroidery stitches. What makes it different is the padding used to raise up the large shapes, which are then covered with satin stitch.

There are layers of felt underneath the blue satin stitched oval.

More layers of felt under the green circle.
There were about six people in the class, and once we had completed the satin stitch on main featured circles or ovals, we used a range of stitches around the edges of them to highlight them. There was no pattern for this design, we were just taught the techniques and stitches, and everyone's cushions ended up differently.




Once we'd completely finished the featured circles and ovals, we filled in large blank areas by adding smaller stitches that didn't need felt padding.




 You'll see that my love affair with blues, greens and pinks has continued on from the Bargello cushions. In fact, I used some of my left over Perle 5s to make this cushion, plus some veriagated threads to add interest.


My mum kindly turned the finished canvas work into a cushion for me. I chose Kaffe Fasset Millefiore in blue for the border because I though it tied in perfectly. Once again, it's too good for general use, so it sits on a chair in the hall.

I'm linking up with Esther's WOWs, and Needle and Thread Thursday.


14 comments:

Lorraine said...

Wendy, this is gorgeous! This would have been such a fun class to attend.

Amanda said...

Looks fantastic. Lots like Wendy Williams work with wool.

Dasha said...

Lovely! I haven't done anything like this.

Glenda said...

Oh Wendy that looks like modern crewel embroidery , so much fun and your finished project is just gorgeous. Cheers Glenda

Plum Cox said...

Fabulous! I was always bound to love it (finished in one of my favourite fabrics!) but the stitches are so beautifully done and the colours are so bright and wonderful! Good work!

LA Paylor said...

oooooh the color, the color! The texture! The hand work! What a visual treat
LeeAnna Paylor
lapaylor.blogspot.com

Wendy said...

wow that is fabulous! The colours are great and it's so cleverly stitched

Mary Huey said...

Lovely work!

sally anoyrkatis said...

Beautiful colours again, amazing stitching and I love that border fabric too!

Schulz Family said...

Very funky and cool. Love it

Heather said...

Love this! It must have been fun to see how each person in the class did their's differently.

Lynda Halliger Otvos (Lynda M O) said...

Stunning work with colors-I'm a blue green girl too and you have some delightful hues and shades there.

Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation said...

wow! this is too cool! The colors and designs are so fun!

Thank you so much for sharing this at Needle and Thread Thursday!

:) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

Live a Colorful Life said...

This is just lovely! Years ago I did a crewel embroidery pillow. And then on an awful whim, I was cleaning out closets one time and decided I was "so over" the embroidery and donated it to Goodwill. One of the only things I regret giving away.