I’m on a bit of a roll at the moment, finishing various projects. In the autumn I stitched a Dimensions cross-stitch kit called Believe, the stitched border was like a patchwork quilt, at the time I was mulling over how to finish it…

As it’s less than a fortnight to Christmas, I thought I should get a move on and finish it. The general consensus here was that I should make it into a bigger cushion, rather than a cross-stitch small. I’ve sort of gone inbetween…

I bought off a facebook destash site a mini jellyroll of Christmas fabrics, the fabrics matched the cross-stitch perfectly. I couldn’t have chosen better if I went into a shop! I felt the cross-stitch needed a lighter border before the colourful Christmas fabrics, so I chose one with an ivory background and snowflakes on. I stitched it on and trimmed it so it would finish at about half an inch.

I then started to play round with the Christmas fabrics, I wanted it to be irregular and a bit random, like the embroidery, but that’s not as easy as it sounds for someone who doesn’t do random! I got there in the end though and with a bumbleberries red border to finish it off the front was complete.

For the back I decided I may as well use some of the strips from the jelly roll, so I stitched a few together, it looked best with the stripes going down, so after a good press I stitched them together.

I didn’t have a cushion pad of the correct size, so as it’s only going to be on display at Christmas, I decided to stuff it and slip-stitch the opening. It also helped to reduce the amount of stuffing I seem to have acquired in my stash! In an ideal world it would have been nice to embellish it with a little trim, but as I didn’t have anything suitable it will have to wait probably until next year.

I’m really pleased with how it’s come out, we have a delicate old ladies chair in the dining room and it looks great sitting there as it’s just the right size.

I’ll be linking up tomorrow with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday, please follow the link to see lots more hand-stitched inspiration.

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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15 Responses to Believe

  1. Very beautiful! πŸ’–

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  2. Shasta says:

    Your stitching is so beautiful, and you found the perfect fabrics to go with it. It looks wonderful on the chair.

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  3. Laura says:

    This project turned out wonderfully, Margaret! πŸ™‚

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  4. anne54 says:

    The perfect Christmas cushion, Margaret. The jelly role material is perfect.

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  5. Jane M says:

    Gorgeous and it looks perfect for the chair too

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  6. Gail says:

    Your Believe pillow looks wonderful! Great finish, just in time for Christmas!

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  7. Gretchen says:

    Beautiful! A lovely Christmas pillow. You’ll enjoy bringing this beauty out every year and great save using batting pieces. Happy stitching!

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  8. Ivani Vieira says:

    It’s lovely! A pillow to be treasured every Christmas.

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  9. Beautiful! You will treasure it each year when it comes out!

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  10. Lovely finish, I like combining hand work with quilting too.

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  11. You did an absolute beautiful job on adding the fabric and going with the pillow. I see some Christmas fabric that I have also in my stash that you used for the back! Very pretty! Hugs

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  12. That is a lovely stitchery and finished beautifully!
    Don’t you love it when you have just the right thing in your stash!?!

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  13. Sharon says:

    Just lovely. You finding the best projects to work on and turning this into a pillow was perfect!

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  14. Karrin Hurd says:

    Your Believe cushion is just lovely!

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  15. Jenny Benton says:

    So nice, didn’t you do well! A great idea to turn this festive embroidery piece into a Christmas cushion.

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