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Topic: Embroidered cushion with tatted edging  (Read 1666 times)
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« on: April 15, 2009 12:20:25 PM »

Recently my in-laws bought a flat on the south coast of England. My mother in law mentioned that the decor will be Victorian, so I immediately thought "hmmm, what can I make for them as a housewarming present?" I love looking at intricate Victorian embroidery, so I decided to make an embroidered cushion. I had to go with a fairly simple design though, as I have a bad habit of starting things and never finishing them. Here is the result:

I used white linen that I bought on ebay. I searched long and hard online for information about Victorian embroidery, but found surprisingly little. Most of the search results were shops selling supplies and patterns. The pattern I used is based on something I saw in a shop and took a liking to. The purple is actually a little more vibrant than it appears in this photo. In hindsight I probably should have used less vibrant colours for a more authentic look. The finished cushion is about 10 inches x 6 inches. It took me two entire days of nonstop tatting to make the edging, but I'm really pleased with the result. I used heavy duty (size 20) white silk thread for the tatting, and it was a pleasure to work with.
Closeup of the tatting:

Closeup of the embroidery:


Thanks for looking  Smiley


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« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2009 12:26:25 PM »

She should absolutely love it. It's gorgeous.
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« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2009 12:27:09 PM »

So pretty!  Your stitching is amazing and I'm so jealous of your tatting skills!  Such a thoughtful gift.
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« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2009 12:28:23 PM »

beautiful work!!
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« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2009 12:55:09 PM »

Thanks for all your responses! Smiley I gave it to her on Sunday, and she seemed to like it. Sometimes it's hard to tell if she's just being polite though. Cheesy  Fiberartsy, thanks for the compliment, but I assure you my stitches are much sloppier than they look in the photo! I was really surprised when I saw the pic--I think it helps that it's slightly out of focus  Cheesy You should give tatting a try. Once you get the hang of it, it's not hard.
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« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2009 07:58:59 PM »

Wow, excellent work...gorgeous stitching
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« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2009 11:54:20 AM »

Thanks!  Grin
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« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2009 08:44:22 PM »

Beautiful-I love the tatted edges.
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« Reply #8 on: April 19, 2009 04:55:32 PM »

Gorgeous!  And the tatting must have taken forever.  I tried tatting once and couldn't deal with it, so I'm completely impressed!  Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2009 12:35:46 PM »

yay, more compliments!  Grin Thank you, thank you!
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