Saturday, September 18, 2010

Flower cushion - I love you!

Okay, remember the scraps of Stylecraft leftover from my Granny Stripe:

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Wellfirst of all I made a stack of these - 25 to be exact:

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I crocheted them together but realised they needed blocking. Arghhhh I have never done this before. Can you see how they all puff out in the centres. Here, the bottom row is pinned down - on a towel, onto the carpet.

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So, pinned it out as best I could. A little bit of pulling here and there and I got this:

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Then on went the iron, hottest setting, lots of steam, don't touch the acrylic - just steam it all over till nice and moist and then leave overnight to dry:

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Will it work??? Yes! It really really worked. I'm converted. So I had crocheted lots of little flowers - with the scraps - and......

Ta Daaaaaaa!!!!

Flower cushion ta-daa!

My very own Attic24 inspired Flower Cushion.

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I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you!

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The Back! I had to use up those scraps.

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Buttons along the edge. The one on the left is red - must have been the flash made it look white:

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Clever secret flap with secret picot edging.

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Gorgeous buttons from John Lewis - 6 for £3!! but oh so worth it.

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Home sweet home on my bed with Stripe:

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Well, I hope I haven't bored you with all the blocking and all the loved up pictures but I can't tell you how excited I am about this. I feel very liberated and creative all of a sudden. Yeah I know I was inspired by Lucy but I did the back myself and the flap was my own idea too. Utterly and completely liberating. Now you'll understand why I love this cushion so much.

Thank you all so much for the ACE comments on my Granny Stripe blanket finish. Comments are getting hard to keep up with but I'm trying!! Loving all the inspiration I am getting from you bloggers. Don't stop blogging and creating. xxx

62 comments:

Margaret said...

Hazel!!! Wow! You are definitely another Attic 24! I'm in awe of your crocheting -- so beautiful! Now could you make me a cushion too? lol! Don't worry, I'm just kidding. You're amazing! Congrats!

Hillery said...

I love this. I might just have to copy you. Crochet weather is just around the corner. It seems I only like to crochet in cooler months. I can't wait to see more.

Christine said...

Yet another gorgeous finish!! Congratulations!

manda's challenges :) said...

fabulous!! beautifully done xx

Melissa said...

Hazel :)

Your pillow turned out lovely. No wonder why you love it so. :)

Erin said...

oh my ... i must add a few pillows like this to my to-do list. it is absolutely, stunningly beautiful! i'm going to peak through your blog to check out your stripey blanket, too.

lovely blog ... i will add to my daily reading list. i blog to and would love you to visit. =)

cheers,

erin

GoldenAngelsWorks said...

What a great idea! I love this you did a great job!

Jennifer M. said...

So pretty! What a clever way to use all of those leftover yarn scraps you had. Very Nice!

valerie said...

Woo, beautiful finish! I knew you would make squares but the conversion to a pillow with flowers and the back is over the top. I love it!

Tracy said...

Fabulous!!

Sylvia said...

The pillow is adorable! I would love, love, love it as well, had I made something like that. Very fun and sweet.

Attic24 said...

It's gorgeoues Hazel, I just left you a note over on rav....looks so lovely next to the stripy too.
Know what you mean about feeling liberated with the creating bit, I get the exact same feeling. Kind of makes me want to climb the walls with sheer excitement :o)

Lots of love to you xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Jacquie said...

Hi Hazel, your cushion turned out just beautiful!!! love the back too, and the buttons are great.
thanks for sharing :0)
Jacquie x

Melanie said...

Love the cushion, it's so pretty and bright. You obviously have a special talent fo this sort of thing.

Lennu said...

Oh Hazel, it's such a beauty as is your blanket! The colours are so beautiful. I love those both!

Sandra said...

What a beautiful cushion, the perfect way to use up all the spare wool.

Aussie Stitcher said...

WOW your cushion is stunning and I love how it looks on your bed with your Granny stripe blanket.

Christine said...

Hazel that is absolutely beautiful, no wonder you are so proud of it. Congratulations!

Mylene said...

wow! You've busy....and it looks GORGEOUS! Great job!

Always smiling said...

Hi Hazel

I just love your stripy blanket and the cushion is wow!
Although I have 2 lots of quilting on the go, plus cross stitch I am going to make that blanket it is so pretty!
Well done you
Hope to see you at the get together in October
Chris x

Sally said...

Oh wow Hazel I adore your cushion! It is beautiful.

anneke said...

Love it! Especially love the secret picot edging ;-)
It looks so nice by itself and very nice together with your blanket.
Enjoy!

sylviesgarden said...

It's no wonder you love it, it's gorgeous!
x

swedishouse said...

Hej Hej Hazel

Finally...lovely to meet you in blog land
Thank you for your comment and becoming a follower. Just to let you know you have 2 entries into the CK giveaway!
Good Luck!
LOVE PEACE enJOY
Julie
x

BTW I love your crocheting the cushion is wonderful and the stripey blanket too! Isn't she just wonderful Lucy at Attic24.I
think she must have inspired almost all over blogging land. Hoping to have my own TAA DAH moment with my Lucy bag, only learnt to crochet in the summer...inspired by lucy. The bag has been finished for about 2 weeks now. I just haven't found enough time to sew it up as I want to sit down and savour this process...so proud of myself LOL!
WELL DONE YOU! too!

Carol said...

What a bright and colorful creation, Hazel! I love it, too!

Raggedy Ann said...

You amaze me Hazel!
I wish I could keep up with you.
:)
Your work is gorgeous.

Have a lovely day my dear friend,
Raggedystitches,
Louisexx

Tina said...

Congratulations on another fabulous finish

Tina x

Sheila said...

Hazel, Hi I came across your blog and it is lovely plus you done a wonderful job with the scraps of wool and he pillow is beautiful

Well done again !!!!!

Elisa said...

Absolutely gorgeous Hazel..I love it...one day I will get around to crochet...lol

Rachael said...

Well what can I say, FABULOUS and I WANT ONE!! LOL Well done it is just adorable.
I have yet to make myself a cushion and blanket, I have the wool just neeed the patience and time.

KarenV said...

That's really pretty! I love the granny stripe blanket too, they're both lovely and colourful.

Lindsay-ann said...

They are gorgeous Hazel. You are so talented.
Lindsay
x

Sue said...

Fabulous Hazel! I've never thought of blocking after joining squares but it obviously works just as well.

Sue x

Cath said...

Fab cushion ,well done you !

Lyndsey said...

So awesome! That is my next project too! I've already ordered the bright yarn for it!

Blu said...

What a lovely and sunny cushion!

Jackie said...

I had no idea that acrylic blocked so beautifully!

Katrina said...

Hazel, they are so gorgeous. I love the colors of all the pieces.

Carolyn NC said...

What a fantastic and creative solution! I love, love it all!

Marita said...

Found here to your blog.
You crochet so lovely things!!
~marita~

Bernardeena said...

Wow it looks fantastic!

staci said...

I love your flower cushion too! It's so sweet and charming and looks fabulous with your gorgeous granny stripe!

Julie said...

Clever girl!!! an amazing finish, i love it. It looks right at home with the stripey blankie.

Mummy Boo Bear said...

What a lovely cushion! and your granny stripe blanket is just lovely. I love the Attic 24 patterns. They are so great and easy to follow for a novice like me.

Gorgeous gorgeous post!


MBB x

Berit said...

Gosh, how (almost overwhelmingly) colourful! I also have never tried blocking, but I DEFINITELY will in future-you've inspired me. :D

Congrats on this new cleverly-finished pillow!

Denise said...

Very nice flower cushion. It goes lovely with your stripe blanket.

Kajsa said...

That turned out beautiful!

Bernardeena said...

Hope you don't mind but I've tagged you as a beautiful blogger http://bernardeena.blogspot.com/2010/09/ive-been-tagged.html

Kathy said...

WOW Hazel, its lovely, wish I could crichet, but no matter how many times I tried, I just couldn't get my head around it lol.

And as for the telling of rofl well hehe I just counldn't resist those 2 lovely charts. OH well never mind, not sure if I will start one of them soon what with 18 wips to get finished, we shall see lol.

TC and see you at Nuneaton

Luv n' Hugs

Kathy xxxx

Petit Filoux said...

Love the secret flap, it's so cute!!!

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Wow, your works are gorgeous, Hazal, I love these sweet little boxes, or actually it's one show ;) WONDERFUL!
Thank you for entering my giveaway, I threw the Hazel-notes in the big bowl, fingers crossed for you.
Wishing you a happy Thursday xxx

Siobhan said...

HAZEL!!! Wow! I am so impressed. Have you ever watched the show "Judging Amy" with Tyne Daly & Amy Brenneman? The character that Tyne played did a lot of crocheting & knitting and had all these fabulous afghans around the house. Just so nice--makes the house very cosy and inviting. Great job!

Julia said...

Completely fabulous! What a gorgeous edging too, I love it - I also feel like swooning at the buttons (I do that whenever Im in John Lewis, goodness knows what people must think - I have a button weakness) such a cheery colour! Well done!! Very, very impressed!

Love Julia x x x

Wendy said...

I love love love this cushion! I'm going on a crochet course on Sunday and hope to learn enough to make a whole pile of granny squares. Putting the flowers in the centre is inspired!

andamento said...

Just gorgeous, especially alongside your lovely stripey blanket. How long did it take you start - finish?

Just-Do said...

Great cushion. Love the colours and the flowers.

Ruth Marie said...

I saw your cushion on Ravelry - it really is just soo pretty! I also wanted to apologise as you always comment on my blog - I thought I was following your but it seems I wasn't (I struggle sometimes with keeping up with it all) but I have now most definitely got you on my list. xxx

Amanda said...

Oh my word! Gorgeous cushion! Gorgeous Stripey Blanket! Thank you for popping over to say hello! Keep in touch! Lots of love, Amanda xxx p.s. I love Him toooo! x

thwartedcheekychimp said...

What a lovely cushion, so beautiful. Congrats!

Lisa said...

Wow! Hazel, I really love the crochet squares, I have said before i need and would love to learn but i need someone to show me in person as i'm a lefty and the online instructions look weird to me lol

Aisyah Helga said...

Hi! I just found your blog through Annemarie and I just love that cushion cover! Gorgeous colors! Love the ripple blanket,too :)
BTW,my daughter's name is Hazel,too!

Keri On said...

I know this is an old post! But I sure love it! I will hopefully get around to making one in the NEAR future! Thanks for the inspiration!