The ‘Love Bunnies’ cushion is still a work-in-progress inasmuch as I still have to make four pom-pom tails and stitch them on but that won’t take me long and so it’s pretty much done. It’s filled with a fat, plump-as-a-Christmas-Goose feather-filled cushion. The wool tweed is soft and this cushion is also stitched with
Gütenberg Gütermann silk thread (just re-read this and realised my mind was obviously on other pressing matters). The inner seams are overcast so there’ll be no fraying and uses more thread than I’d have ever thought. Maybe I should have used a cheaper thread but I wanted to make it to the best quality I could. It’s so soft and squishy to hug… ahhh….
The poms are on.
Home is Where the Heart Is
This is my ‘Home is Where the Heart Is’. The edging triangles are called Prairie Points; each one is made from a 4″ x 4″ square of material, folded and pressed twice. That was exacting work but I made up a quick equation to determine how many triangles I’d need for a given length which is the length of the SEAM x 2, divided by size of the square (in my case 4″), minus 1:
(2L/S) – 1
where L = Length of seam and S = Square
This is handy for future reference and will save having to re-invent the wheel every time I make them. A Charm pack would, of course, be the ticket for making Prairie Points as all the measuring and square cutting would be pre-made and wouldn’t require futzing about with cutting tools and steel rulers… No matter, I needed my points to accessorise the text in the centre so had to get on with it!
Home and the heart are obviously appliqued on – each cut and fused to the front with Bondaweb then overstitched to keep it on securely and prevent fraying.
Just for information, the font was a classic Times or New Century but was amended to thicken some of the textual elements. In Typographical terminology (just fancied alliterating there) it was the ‘Stems’ of some of the letterforms where there were contrasting thick and thins, the ‘thins’ were too fine to be easy to work with.
Thickening the stems of some of the letterforms
As I was using Illustrator, I converted the text into Outlines (Selection Tool – Black Arrow>Type>Create Outlines and Ungrouped). From thereon you can use the Direct Selection Arrow – the White Arrow tool – to select points then use the keyboard arrow keys to move the points up down or left right to widen the shapes of the letters. Or simply weld a rectangle or other appropriate shape to the letters and use the Bezier points to curve them into smooth transitions between vertical/horizontals. There are lots of ways to achieve this. Mrs Trellis of South Wales likes to innundate me with comments, questions and queries so she’ll probably harass me with an e-mail to write up how I did it. When (if) she does I’ll go through the steps I went through in detail and write it up as a tutorial.
Love Bunnies is also filled with a feather cushion – so gorgeous to just squish. Pure joy.
This one you’ve seen already, now entitled ‘Love Squared’.
I decided against adding a button at the back for the moment as I have a tendency to over-egg the pudding and thought I’d give it a little time and reserve judgement until I am less caught up in things.
So a late night and other, house-chore type things to do. Oh will this pleasure never end?! Lol.