I've made several cushion covers using patterns by the Australian designer Lynette Anderson Designs. I'd recently seen a picture of this one on Lynette's social media accounts, and loved the way she'd framed it to display on the wall - and as I really don't need another cushion, I decided it would be a great way pf displaying my handsewing! I'd had the pattern for several years, and managed to purchase a set of the Our Home hand painted wooden buttons from Purple Pixe...
...I used the Apliquick method for preparing the applique, using Hugs n' Kisses applique paper, a Sewline fabric gluepen and my Apliquick tools. Once the applique shapes have been cut out and fused to the wrong side of the fabric, the edges are folded over and held in place with the fabric glue. The applique shapes are then temporarily held in place on the background fabric with pins, or my preferred way wich is with a few spots of Roxanne's basting glue...
...then using a fine thread - my favouite is Aurifil thread 80wt in a midgrey shade, and a fine Clover Black Gold applique needle. Using small stitches along the edge of the applique, the shapes are stitched into position. The stitchery design is then traced onto the background fabric, using a lightbox and a fine Micron Pigma pen - and hand embroidered over the drawn lines. I picked out an assortment of DMC stranded embroidery threads in colours to match the fabrics I'd chosen for the applique...
...a final press on a wool pressing mat, and the hand painted buttons were stitched in place. The fabric was then wrapped around a piece of thick card which had already been covered in wadding. I've framed this very simply using a Hobbycraft frame and it's ready to display in my home.
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