Mixed Textiles Robin Cushion


By Judith on December 7, 2016
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In the December issue of Pretty Patches magazine, you might find this cheeky chappie making a song and dance of things!

 

Christmas Robin (mixed textiles) for Pretty Patches (Dec16)

 

Many of you will know that my first love in ‘all things fabric’ are recycled textiles.  I have a particular obsession fondess for tweed, linen, wool and corduroy.

 

Christmas Robin Cushion for Pretty Patches (Dec16)

 

The only items officially ‘purchased’ in this cushion are the background (Tilda) and the berries!

 

Christmas Robin Cushion for Pretty Patches (Dec16)

 

I love mixing textures and textiles!  Here we have sumptuous tweed, soft red wool, tactile cord, a vintage curtain remnant and a few scraps of good old fashioned quilting cotton. Oh what fun I had playing putting these together.

 

I also love satin stitch applique, but I knew with these thicker fabrics standard thread would disappear into the nap.

 

 

So out come the 12wt Aurifil wool threads! These are thick enough to use for hand embroidery, but not too thick to put through the eye of a size 90 machine needle. Win, win! (You can find a great selection here.)

 

As the design came together, I knew I wanted ‘berries’ in the corners.  I scratched my head for a few minutes, and then came up with a plan!

 

 

I un-threaded some jumbo pompom trim I had leftover from another project.  Then I ‘couched’ or satin stitched 3 thread stems together to create a little cluster of berries.  This made it super easy to sew them into the corners of the cushion.

 

Christmas Robin Cushion for Pretty Patches (Dec16)

 

A simple envelope backing and you have the perfect gift for all bird and nature lovers everywhere (not forgetting all the tweed & corduroy lovers too!).

 

Christmas Robin Cushion for Pretty Patches (Dec16)

 

My recycled, chirping Robin may be in the Christmas issue, but like the loyal and territorial real birds, I think he’ll stick around all year long!

 

So what type of fabrics make your heart skip a beat?

 

Happy bird watching!

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Giveaway!


By Judith on December 28, 2017
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Invitation to Celebrate!

To: all my lovely blog readers and IG followers

 

 

 

 

To celebrate my 7 years blogging anniversary and reaching (& passing) 1000 followers on Instagram, I’m giving away not one, not two, but 3 great prizes!

 

 

The wonderful Alice at Fabric Yard is sponsoring this giveaway with a £25 voucher to spend!  How fabulous is that!

 

 

You will also win my Robin Cushion kit, which contains everything you need to make this applique cushion, including 0.5 metre of Essex Yarn Dyed linen for the back.

 

And finally, 2 spools of Aurifil 50wt thread in neutral shades, perfect for piecing and quilting.

 

So here’s how to enter:

  • Leave me a comment either here or on IG, telling me what project you are most looking forward to making in 2018!
  • I will combine the entries here and on IG and draw the winner on Thursday 4th January 2018.
  • International entries welcome
  • Only one entry per person

 

Good luck everyone!

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