1950s Embroidered Cushion Cover

1950s Embroidered Cushion

I wanted to get back to doing some traditional embroidery a wee while ago so I bought this 1950s cushion cover from Ebay, it had obviously been folded up and unused in somebody’s work basket for the last 60 years or so.

It didn’t take me as long to do as I thought it might, I speeded things up quite a bit by adding the buttons to the design where there should really have been satin stitched circles. Actually, you live and learn because I thought that was such a good idea at the time but then I realised that I should have left the button embellishments to last as they did make it difficult to iron when the stitching was all finished. Silly me!

I also stitched tiny beads into the middle of some of the daisy flowers, just to make the textures a bit different. The other daisies have the more traditional French knots as centres. I think the yellow flowers were probably supposed to be pink but I decided I wanted a zingy mainly yellow and green colour scheme, so the pink got the elbow!

3-dimensional embroidery

The stitches I used are the usual satin stitch, stem stitch sort of things. Now I want to try something a bit more ambitious and modern. With that in mind I bought a lovely book called:
Three Dimensional Embroidery Stitches by Pat Trott from Amazon. It arrived just a couple of days ago so I’m now raring to get on with another project. The book also shows you how to use paint in your designs too, which is something I haven’t tried yet. I can’t wait to experiment.

The image is from Amazon, if you want to look inside you’ll have to take a look at it on Amazon.

I posted about previous stages of this project here.

13 thoughts on “1950s Embroidered Cushion Cover

  1. It’s lovely Katrina! I have been slowly working on counted cross stitching wild flowers for the last year. Not moving too fast though:( I thought I might incorporate them into a quilt. If I ever get them finished.

    • Peggy,
      Thanks. I have a cross stitch design which I’ve had on the go for years. I only decided to put embroidery on ‘Pining’ to shame myself into getting things finished before going on to the next thing. It usually works!

  2. Clever you! I’m no needlewoman! At school I was always unpicking more than I stitched – but I blame the teacher who couldn’t seem to ever get her head round the fact that I was left handed, and that corriefisters sew from left to right!

  3. That’s lovely. I like how you incorporated the buttons into the design.

    I’m about to start on the needlepoint birth announcement for Grace. She was a year old in January. I’m giving myself until she graduates from high school to finish it!

    • Joan,
      Thanks. If you get Grace’s birth design finished by the time she graduates you’ll be doing much better than me. I still haven’t finished the Beatrix Potter alphabet design which I started when the boys were babies. The alphabet bit was enjoyable and really easy, but the BP characters aroud the edges has me going cross-eyed!

  4. That is the sort of thing I would do with the buttons. It looks lovely finished, I had a sneak peek back and you can really see the difference.

    Keep posting them to the blog because I love seeing them.

    • Jo,
      Thanks. Seeing your lovely comical lady swimmer made me quite nostalgic for cross stitch. I have so many things I want to sew and read and I have to walk more too (Christmas!) – and it all takes time.

    • Anbolyn,
      Thanks. I’m not a big fan of pink, it seems to be everywhere though. I’m quite thankful I didn’t have any daughters as I couldn’t stand all that sparkle and pinkness!

  5. That’s really lovely. I really like learning new and challenging stitches, but I only ever use them in my cross stitch. I’ve not tried embroidery, but as I have so many unfinished projects…I need to stick to one hobby I think.

    • Danielle,
      Your gallery made me feel quite cheerful about my unfinished projects, never mind – we get around to finishing them eventually, even if it takes 20 odd years in my case!

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