Thursday, 7 November 2019

Giraffes cushion - and the Peacock Party

Firstly, thank you for all the kind comments on my Tongariro Crossing quilt.

This week I'm pleased to say that I've finished my Giraffes cushion - designed by Kim McLean from Australia - best known for her Glorious Applique designs with Kaffe Fassett fabrics.



I finished the tapestry months ago, and then I took it in to Nancy's Stitch Studio to be stretched and turned into a cushion.  After that it lay on my sewing table for a few weeks as I psyched myself up to make the tassels.


Tassels are one of those things (like pom poms) that appear easy, and basic craft, but when you've got high standards, they can end up taking 3 days!!!


Yes, I fluffed around with tassels this week.  I wanted each one to be the same as the others, and I wanted them evenly spaced around the cushion.

They're on now, and they look great.  I'm going to record what I did here, in case a tassel ever falls off and I need to make a replacement! Mind you, this cushion isn't for sitting on - it's just for looking at!!!

I used the same DMC tapestry wool shades as used in the cushion. There is 8m in each skein.
- I cut one 2m length into 8 equal pieces - 25cm each
- I cut the remaining 6m into 4 equal pieces of 1.5m each
- I wrapped the long pieces around the four fingers on my left hand.
- I used one short piece to secure the top with a knot. I left those ends long, and later used them to attach the tassel to the cushion.  I darned them through the tapestry in opposite directions and tied another knot.  I then threaded those ends into the tassel.
- I used another short piece to bind the tassel. I tied a knot when done, and then used a crochet hook to pull those ends through the tassel.
- I trimmed the ends nicely.


I used Kaffe Fassett on the back - of course!



Kim has designed 5 cushions, and can purchase them through the Crewel Gobelin in Sydney, Australia. They are the only shop authorised to sell them.


I used tent stitch as recommended, and although it takes longer, the coverage is beautiful and it all looks so even.  It looks good sitting beside my Peacock at Sunset tapestry cushion here.





Now it's time for the Peacock Party.  Feel free to link up a recent blog post and show us all what you've been up to lately.


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7 comments:

Gretchen Weaver said...

You have lovely pillows! The giraffe pillow is cute but I do like the peacock pillow the best. Happy Stitching!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I love those pillows what a great job you did and so many of them

Carol K said...

Love those tassels. I never thought about putting them all around the pillow not just on the corners. Thank you

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

Wow! So many colorful fun pillows. Happy to actually have another blog post for the linky party today.

Andree G. Faubert said...

Hi Wendy, all of your cushions look great!

Jenny said...

What an amazing giraffe cushion you have stitched! Dont they all look glorious together.

Mystic Quilter said...

Such a glorious collection of cushions Wendy!! Love your giraffe cushion and I didn't realise that Kim Mclean
had designs for tapestry cushions.