Sunday, January 16, 2011

Splash of colour - better late than never!

I've really been enjoying Emma's Splash of Colour project this month. So many people have posted bright and cheerful photos, providing a much needed respite to the dull and dismal January weather.

I was dying to take part but my Splash of Colour was taking a while to finish!

Yesterday, I finally got there....just before it got too dark to take a photo but that's now been remedied. So here's my rather loud and colourful Splash of Colour cushion.


My first ever tapestry, inspired by a design in my new Cath Kidston 'Stitch' book. The edging is very very pink due to the fact that I opted to use whatever I had in my stash and what I had was pink.

The edging was a new thing for me. A very simple crochet edging that wasn't sewn on afterwards, or stitched into the seam during making up.


This edging involved first embroidering chain stitch all around the edge of the cushion. It also led to a little swearing and aching fingers.


Once the chain stitch was done, I did a round of double crochet (sc in US terms) into those chains, with only a tiny bit of cussing and gritting of teeth.



The final row was much happier and very simple and very pretty. Also very pink.


Tapestry number 2 is well on the way. I reckon I only have about another 2000 stitches to do and then I can blog it!
xxx

24 comments:

quinn said...

Lovely! It's refreshing to get an eye-full of bright color on a day which seems mostly the color of very deep snow!

Leanne said...

Only 200 stitches that will be a piece of cake. After all your gnashing of teeth your cushion is lovely and very colourful as well.

French Knots said...

Your cushion is an antidote to a wet, grey Sunday! It's an enbroidered ripple!xx

MichelleW said...

Love it - just what you need on these gloomy days - a splash of sunshine. The edging is fab so was worth a little swearing and groaning. Can't wait to see your next project!

Jan said...

As you say 'A Splash of Colour' how lovely ,I have been know to do that border on the neck of a jumper or similar before ..love Jan xx

julie said...

Oh it's gorgeous and that little crochet edging really finishes it off perfectly - definitely worth the swearing and aching fingers!

lovestitch said...

Wow! So beautiful! I've never tried tapestry before, and you really inspired me! Great job!!!

mrspao said...

What a beautiful splash of colour!

Gina said...

That is gorgeous and I love the pink edging. I have a tapestry cushion kit that I started about 20 years ago... I suppose it is about a quarter finished!

marit said...

Oh, that's cute! Love the edging:-)

dottycookie said...

Oooh, it's lovely!

silverpebble said...

Oh the colours are just gorgeous Lesley. That edging is perfect. Oof.

Dragonfly said...

LOVE that edging - what a clever way to do it!

Calidore said...

Ohh that is stunning. I know what you mean about the aching fingers but it's so good to get to the end of that crocheting and realise it's all finished.

Lina said...

Beautiful! Is it tapestry? The crochet finishing is just perfect.

Lina said...

OK. I just reread your post and yes it is tapestry. Typical me, not reading properly!

Thimbleanna said...

Wow! That IS colorful -- and beautiful! I love the way you finished the edging. Well Done!

Locket Pocket said...

Gorgeous Missus! And the crochet edging is simply marvellous! Locket x

Michaela said...

I'll swap you a Hoot water bottle cover for a cushion!!!!! It's absolutely beautiful and I'm so jealous!

Claire said...

Dear Moogsmum,

In searching through names for my new blog (www.noknittedknickers.blogspot.com), I came across your article posted awhile back on knitted knickers and it made me laugh out loud. I am now your latest fan. I'm new to the whole crafting thing, but your blog makes me realise that my fear of being hokey or hick is unfounded. I love the ripple blanket by the way and would love to think I can do that too some day. All the best,

Claire

wonderwoman said...

i love it!!! the colours are gawjus!

xxx

Kitty said...

That is a fabtastic cushion, and I love that edging. But obviously I could never have a go at it, because I could never cuss or swear. *insert halo smilie* ;) x

Twiggy said...

That is one colourtastic cushion, quite lovely !!
twiggy x

Suzie Sews At DOTTY RED said...

Oh wow wee, this is so beautiful, you have so much patience. Love it.