Sunday, 21 November 2010

My Sunday afternoon project...

This might be a bit of a random post, but I thought I would write about what I have been making this afternoon! Do you like it? I finally, finally got round to making up this cushion ou
t of a tapestry I did in the Summer. I really love big vintage rose prints, so was instantly drawn to this design, which is called 'Blooming Roses'. I had actually been outbid at the last minute on Ebay for this exact design, but I later found it on the Ehrman website in the sale for much less than I was bidding, total bargain! It is quite small when made up, about 12 inches by 13 inches, but fits my little button back chair just perfectly.

I'd never done any tapestry or cross stitch (apart from in primary school a million years ago) until my auntie gave me a kit at the start of the year. But I really loved it, and it became a borderline obsession that I did in every spare minute I had! I didn't get a lot of work done in those couple of weeks, and so this one I actually took on my summer holiday to Portugal. I might have looked a bit silly doing tapestry on the sun lounger and at the airport, but at least I wasn't being distracted during 'work' time! Anyway, it's taken me ages to get around to finishing it off, but I'm glad I did as it looks so very sweet!

I'm not really sure exactly what it is that I liked so much about doing this tapestry. I just found it really relaxing and such an achievement to have finished it (it took a lot of patience, good job I have a lot of it!) Many needlepoint designs around still seem to be quite old fashioned, I guess because this type of thing is traditionally done by little old ladies! However, with people like Kirsty Allsopp championing crafts and the handmade, crafts like tapestry do seem to be becoming a little more fashionable and there are now some great contemporary designs available too, like those at Granny Knits, which are very fab and funky!

So anyway I am now once again on the lookout for another kit... maybe in time for Christmas, hint hint! There are a couple of 'sampler' type designs which I do have my eye on, but I guess we will just have to see what Father Christmas brings, haha! x


Emma Thomsen said...

How lovely, all that super calm stitching! I'm not sure I would have the patience - or the time! ;)

gill said...

I've always fancied having a go! I may have to look at the Ehrman site too

Jenny said...

Thanks Emma, well i do have the patience, but it is SO time consuming (in a good way though) and very addictive that you don't get a lot else done! haha, i purposely haven't bought another yet as I know I would want to spend all my time on it and I have so much work to do at the min!

Gill, thanks for stopping by, you definitely should check out the Ehrman site, there are always some nice designs in the sale, and they deliver pretty quick too x

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Anonymous said...

Hey Jenny!
How are you? I love this cushion! I've been a bit obsessed with tapestry for a couple of years now and have been doing this one for over a year:
Emily Peacock Taking Flight
Nearly finished! It's so relaxing!

Maddie x

P.S I've now moved my profile over to this new one! Sorry for any confusion!

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