Sunday, 4 March 2012

Cushion Love

Wikipedia states "A cushion (from Old French coisson, coussin; from Latin culcita, a quilt) is a soft bag of some ornamental material, stuffed with wool, hair, feathers, polyester staple fiber, non-woven material, or even paper torn into fragments. It may be used for sitting or kneeling upon, or to soften the hardness or angularity of a chair or couch."

Don't worry, I'm not writing an essay (I wouldn't use Wikipedaia for that!) merely displaying the view and prupose of what cushions are for. However, this is really not my own, personal view of cushions, in fact I don't think I have ever bought or made a cushion for any other reason other than that they look nice!

I've heard many men (I'm not being sexist, I just haven't heard it from women!) saying things like "Why are there cushions on the bed when you have to take them off when you go to sleep?" and "We realy don't need another cushion" and other things along those lines.

The truth be told, I'm a sucker for cushions and I reckon those loads of other women (and men!?) who are the same.

I love these bright coloured ethnic coloured cushions with the gorgeous pom pom trim.
These are gorgeous Jan Constantine cushions and I would reeeeally like one - although I don't think I'll ever afford it!

These crochet flower cushions are so bright and colourful - one day my crochet skills might reach that standard!?! Any tips much appreciated.

And these are beautiful cross stitched cushions designed by Emily Peacock - I definitely don't have the patience to make these but my Mum is currently stitching two, maybe she'll give me one as a gift!?

I have made loads of cushions for my own house, everytime I buy some nice fabric I want to use it for cushions (crafters and sewers alike will know cushions are an easy bet!)

These are a selecion of patchwork cushions I made for my living room. They are all slightly different - squares, stripes, different shapes, some with pom poms, some without. However, they are all made with goregous Tilda fabric from Crumbly Cottage . They haven't got anycomplicated zips, but are finished with an envelope fastening, button holes and some lovely East of India ribbon to make some bows. 

These cushions are both in my bedroom, (yes, I take them off the bed before getting in!) The smaller one is made from felt, blanket stitched round the edges and the heart and flowers are all hand-embroided. The REALLY big cushion is patchwork, made from various scarps of fabric from Fabric Rehab and Frumble.
However, I don't think Bertie appreciates the lovely patterned fabric, and is more interested in he nice soft, feather cushion pad inside!

 Hopefully, I'll be adding to my cushion collection soon, if anyone can point me to a good, easy crochet cushion pattern, it would be greatly appreciated!

Does anyone else share the cushion love?

Thanks for reading.
Rachel x


  1. Hi,Rachel
    Don;t wory I'm not stalking you but I have to say I have the cushion love too.If you read my blog labels I did a long post on cushion addiction.I spoke to Julea ablou the patchwork and she is going to show you some cutting techniques and then although we have fabric everyone will bring some for swaps and she is going to show you her quilts and then you can choose the shape you want to use and then handstitch them to start a cushion.She is an amazing patchworker and quilter,also on my blog if you scroll through it.Let me know if you are interested.
    Have a good week.Anne x

  2. Oh yes I love cushions and have them piled everywhere, well a home wouldn't be a home without a cushion or twenty would it. I love all those cushions in the pics especially the crocheted one's Lucey x