Thursday, 11 February 2016

Time for a Cosy Cushion!

Hello Everyone!

A couple of days ago I was very excited to receive this issue (301) of Cross Stitcher...

 
 ...that I had ordered online. It had a delightful freebie gift of some cute thread bobbins as well as threads in gorgeous colours which I am going to enjoy stitching with:) When I started to look through the magazine, I also fell instantly in love with this lovely cushion...
 

...designed by Felicity Hall. The main reason why I like it so much is because of the message... Cosy is my favourite place to be...I just love that! Having struggled with various health issues for many years, I nowadays aim for a cosy, comfortable life where I can live with peace and harmony in my heart and in my soul. And this cushion just spoke to me! And I really wanted to make a start straight away!

I knew I wanted to use 11-count aida to make the cushion a bit bigger (something I often do when I stitch cushions). Then I had to check if I had the right thread colours in my stash... I had three colours out of nine... Which led me to look for other colours in my stash that would look good together with the three 'right' ones, as well as look good to me! I finally decided upon using these nine colours together:


They are a bit different to the original colours; more purples than reds for example, which actually suit my tastes anyway. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it'll all look as good as the original cushion in the end:)

So yesterday I stitched the guidelines on my 11-count aida fabric, and today I made a start on the top of the cushion:


The original chart had a row of striped jumpers, but I decided to stitch them plain but in alternating colours. That way I didn't have to make as many starts and stops, but they still had some variety. I'm really enjoying this project:) It's a nice 'break' to sometimes stitch on 11-count aida; easier to count and quick to stitch. Perfect for periods in life when you don't feel your brightest or sharpest lol!

Don't worry though, I have also stitched some more on my Christmas Town:


I'm focusing on stitching the brown outlines of the buildings for the time being - that means I'll have lots of fun stitching the colourful bits later on:))
 
Now I'm off to bed to try to get a good night's sleep so I have lots of energy for stitching tomorrow!
 
Hope you have a nice weekend with lots of time for stitching:))
 
Annie

11 comments:

  1. Awesome start Annie and nice progress on Christmas Town.

    Linda

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  2. Nice progress that's pretty much my life motto lol. I like your color choices I'm sure it'll come out just beautiful!

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  3. I loved that cushion when I got the magazine too - you're doing a great job with the different colours and changes you've made - enjoy your stitching.

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  4. Oh that is great! Hope you are happily stitching right now. :D

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  5. Another nice start! Great progress on both pretty projects. Have a nice weekend:)

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  6. Seeing the cushion for the first time I was disappointed in the colour choice - and then I see yours and it's great! I think I'll copy your idea of stitching the jumpers in solid colours. Looking forward to seeing this grow.

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    1. It's a nice pattern to personalize so you should definitely go for it and experiment with your own colour choices etc!

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  7. Hi Annie, this cushion is going to be so cute when it is finished. Hey, you said that you couldn't get onto my Kitten Stitching blog - do you want to try again? - http://kittenstitching.blogspot.com hugs, Kaye

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    1. I've tried in all sorts of ways to access your blog but it won't work - I've had similar problems with another blog too...so annoying! I know there's a way to get the blog posts through email, but I can't remember how to do that...

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    2. I had no trouble at all accessing the blogg. It's strange that you have. Hugs

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    3. You could try accessing the blog through Bloglovin':
      http://www.bloglovin.com/en/blog/5005387
      or a Feedreader (RSS-Reader)
      http://kittenstitching.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss

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