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« on: June 21, 2012 07:48:29 AM »

This is a cross-stitch piece I made and then sewed into a cushion.

The pattern, which is based on Walter Crane's famous Art Nouveau wallpaper design, is Cross Stitch Art Nouveau by Barbara Hammet. I love both swans and Art Nouveau, so this was a find for me. I may or may not have been all "SQUEEEE!!!!" when I first saw it. You can find the book here:


It took me a year to do the cross-stitching, and then about six months to find a piece of fabric for the backing - it's an odd shade of green. I finally found some raw silk for the back that was reasonably close to the green of the aida cloth. It cost a little more than I had hoped to pay, but it does seem that if anything justifies the use and expense of a luxury fabric, it would be a piece which took a year to embroider.

I found the task of assembling the cushion to be a bit frustrating (the addition of the gold cord and a zipper made it challenging), but it turned out fairly well. I was even able to make the zipper I put in along the bottom very unobtrusive. You can just see the tab of the zipper pull on the left-hand bottom corner in the shot of the back of the cushion. I wish I'd found a flatter cushion form for this project as it would display the needlework to better advantage, but oh well, I am sure the cushion will flatten over time.
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« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2012 07:57:04 AM »

It's looks beautiful and immaculately crafted.

I don't normally like swans (they are menacing when I'm kayaking on the river!) but this is stunning.

« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2012 09:34:53 AM »

This is stunning. For a flatter pillow, make your own insert with fabric and polyfil. You can make it as loosely filled as you want, or use a piece of flat foam rubber that you can have cut at Joanne Fabrics.

Gorgeous work. I just had trouble making a pillow with braided cording that frayed while I was sewing it so I know what you went through.
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2012 11:19:55 AM »

wow, that's so pretty! It must have took so much perseverance.

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« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2012 01:31:03 PM »

That is gorgeous!!!

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« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2012 07:34:26 AM »

Very beautiful!!!

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« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2012 06:28:12 AM »

That is absolutely beautiful!

« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2012 12:56:17 PM »

My goodness! This is beautiful! Great job!!! Such detail!

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« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2012 07:12:06 PM »

Love it! THanks for the link.

« Reply #9 on: July 12, 2012 11:22:59 AM »

That is awesome!
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