Patchwork and applique cushion

I’ve been meaning to show you this for a while, temporarily lost some of the photos, found them, forgot to load them up, found them again and got on with it!Β  Sometimes projects don’t work out and I put them in the pre-felt bag or if my fibres are starting to look a little sad, I make it into pre-felts, it stores a lot longer that way πŸ™‚

The delight/problem is that you have a stash of pre-felts and so I wanted to show you ways of using them up. I began by chopping up some pieces of yellow pre-felt and then happliy found a space dyed yarn with yellows, blues and purples that I thought would be great for the stitching together.

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I’ve used the pre-felt poppy flower as my applique centre which I’ve attached with blanket stitch and thenΒ  attached the patchwork pieces by means of simple straight stitches. Using a contrasting yarn makes the stitching part of the design and I also like the extra colour it’s provided.

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As you can see, for the reverse I’ve used 3 colours of prefelt for the background and then simple shapes for the applique design. Although I’ve still allowed the stitches to show and become part of the deign, the yarn used is tonal and has blended in far more. It’s very grey here so please excuse the colours on these next photos but you can at least see the finished effect.

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It’s a lovely piece of felt and the colours do blend together very well. So well in fact that I had to rescue it from my Daughter’s bedroom to show it to you. When felted down there are no seams just a nice smooth fabric.

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For me, this side is the most successful, due mainly I think to the contrast in colours provided by the yellow and the purple. It’s a fun process and there are still one or two places left on the workshop on Tuesday 9th October if you fancy joining in. Next time I’ll show you a sample worked n naturals.

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