Saturday, 17 April 2010
One I Made Earlier: Seabird Cushion
I didn't make this cushion from a kit but used a gridded design from Designer Needlepoint which was edited by Hugh Ehrman. This is still available from the Amazon Marketplace and when I looked there were a lot of 99p copies for sale. Happily though there is an easier way of replicating this design as Ehrman Tapestry still produce this in kit form, currently available online in their sale.
When making up a needlepoint I like to work on a canvas that has 10 holes to the inch. Beware of more intricate 12 hole plus designs if you're the impatient type. As I learnt from another project that I completed from the same book, having to stitch 144 half crosses to an inch compared to 100 really slows down progress. Unfortunately I don't have the finished article to show off but have scanned the relevant page to show you this beautiful design which is inspired from a wall hanging in London's V&A Museum. This was a 12 hole cushion I made as a wedding present for a friend which I optimistically started just two and a half weeks before the big day. Stitching day after day for hours and hours made be so sick and tired of needlepoint that I didn't complete another for some years When I was finally stretching the darned thing to make up the cushion disaster struck and the canvas tore, necessitating a midnight repair the day before the wedding. Happily, the tortured emotions relating to this experience have now diminished and my 'nightmare' cushion has become an heirloom for my friend's kids so may have ultimately become worth the hard work.