Saturday, 18 November 2017

Peacock at Sunset cushion

My Peacock at Sunset cushion (pillow) is finished! It was a wool tapestry kit from Ehrman. They make many beautiful kits which are often stocked by local embroidery shops.

I know some of you think I whip things up overnight, but here's the facts:
December 2014 - I received this tapestry for Christmas (self selected gifts are always the best).
2015 - I didn't touch it at all
March 2016 - I started it on a work weekend away in Rotorua
Feb 2017 - I had about half of it done
August 2017 - I finished the stitching
November 2017 - it's finished!!

The kit includes a pre-printed canvas and all the wool you need.  There's also a diagram provided, but it's better to just follow the design on the canvas if possible. Every single space gets covered and the texture is nice and thick.

I started off with it on a frame, but then decided it would be easier without a frame.  It did get a bit warped, but it was stretched and corrected during the finished process.

the back with a hidden zip

I have made some cushions myself, but the people at Nancy's Stitch Studio do such a beautiful job so I send my very best pieces to them.  See how they applied the cord perfectly? And matched the stripes on the Kaffe Fassett fabric I provided? I would rather pay them to do it than fiddle about myself at home.  There's a zip so I can remove the insert if necessary.

Finished size - 14" x 13"

I'm tempted to make another cushion like this one day.  I thought that tapestry would be easy and quick compared to embroidery, but I was wrong.  It took quite a few months of quietly plugging away, but I'm very pleased with the outcome.  I'm still browse the beautiful designs on the Ehrman site, but I have so many other things I want to make too.


Julie said...

Looks great Wendy, I often eye up all the tapestry kits at Ribbon Rose, I think mine would be at least a 5 year project.

Paige said...

I grew up around peacocks and have always been fond of them. Just beautiful!

Gemini Jen NZ said...

That is certainly a glorious peacock! (I find self-selected gifts to be just the ticket too by the way - my two blokes need a bit of guidance when it comes to gift-giving LOL!)

The Joyful Quilter said...

Wow!! What an incredible project!!

grammajudyb said...

And it is stunning!

Wendy said...

it looks fantastic, well done! And well done on getting it done so quickly - I know how long these things take!

Kate @ Smiles From Kate said...

So much work, but well worth it, gorgeous.

NickiJ said...

Like, WOW! I want to have a go!!