I know most people hate rainy weather but I love being tucked up indoors watching it rain and what a great excuse to stay inside and sew instead of work in the garden? The best thing at this time of year is how green everything is. We (the boys and I) went for a walk yesterday in our local woods, which have sprung into life with bluebells, anemones and milkmaids (the flower obviously, not a bunch of ladies carrying pails of milk) and there was a lovely fresh green just after rain smell. I like rain so much I even like walking in it, my husband would say this is because I am from Yorkshire, where as he points out when we visit, it is always raining (which is not true, but it does rain quite a lot).
Anyhow, considering Felix is off pre-school for Easter I am surprised I have had a chance to sew but I have been working on new products for the shop for a homeware collection. The ideas have been in my head (and sketch book) for a while but I have finally made a start on samples, beginning with some cushions.
I recently bought some lovely new linen and wanted to put this to use so I have decided on appliqued cushions, one based on Winter Berries and the other on Magnolia Flowers. There is a lot of room for improvement, I think I will keep the Magnolia cushion in creams and whites for the flowers, which need to be bigger and the piping cord should be in a colour (I was going to use the printed cottons as a contrast but didn’t want to waste it cutting it on the bias so I will use cord covered bias binding instead, on the samples I used the linen). I love the slightly retro feel that linen and the colour orange have so I love the Winter Berries. I will also make them in reds and tweeds I think. Anyhow, I am pleased with the first run and they will make nice additions to the living room and eventually to the shop.
I have also been making cushions for my sister from some Harris Tweed she brought back from the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. I am a bit jealous as I rather like them but the kids would destroy tweed cushions in a matter of days. I used invisible zips on the back but as you can see from the photo, the ‘invisible’ zips open out a bit once a cushion pad is put in.