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A Very Old Cushion

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4 February 2010

A Very Old Cushion

Description of item from Etsy :
I bet a child made this as a Christmas gift many long years ago. It's made of Victorian silk plush.
The top layer of fringe is Dusty Rose and an Olive Drab color.
The bottom layer of fringe is a solid Dusty Rose.
The front of the pillow is a deep burgundy color, the back is a gray/green color.
The front is not all 1 solid piece but has a corner piece sewn in, also a 1/2" of edge.
Overall measurement is: 20" x 21"
Shows a few wear spots on the top side.
This is listed as a supply for you to all the pillow and sew shut.

Sold on Nov 18, 2009 to Elmsley Rose.
The burgundy side :– now long faded to rust. The fringe is 11cm (just over 4”) long, and mixed pink and green. Very luxurious!
The large uneven stitches in black thread that were used to construct the cushion are quite visible to the eye.
This stitching, and the use of scraps for the burgundy side, is what lead the Etsy seller to believe it was made by a child.
The green side :-This has a second layer of fringe, also 11cm under that top layer – but this one is just pink.

When I went to fill the cushion almost all the seam stitching just gave way all in one go.
I re-stitched the seams (in a vintage cotton thread in pink just to keep everything ‘in theme’), sewing through the bases of the two fringes, which were quite thick and undamaged by time. The fringe itself is still lovely, still with generally well twisted and shiny threads.
Here I show where I’ve almost finished stitching, ready to put some pillow insert into the cushion.
I added some trim which I had in my stash that seemed to work with the colours well. I removed the flat green part of the trim, leaving just the multi-coloured cord.
And now – a simple job – but a lovely, decadent new cushion for my couch, which happens to be the same burgundy faded to rust colour. It’s sitting on the couch in the photo below – but looks more orange – I guess from the flash. They are actually the same colour.
It’s now taken up a habitat just about where that photo was taken,  propped up against the other cushions you can see at the top of the photo.
I don’t know if the cushion is actually Victorian, and I don’t really care. That burgundy velvet fades pretty quickly. The only indication of age was the way the black thread just gave way in a single smooth movement. I didn’t pick any of the bits of black thread out – I left them there for posterity to add to the history of the piece, which I can only otherwise wonder about.

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Blogger The Chilly Hollow Needlepoint Adventure said...

Clever reuse of a vintage piece!

Thursday, February 04, 2010  
Blogger Plays with Needles said...

I like how you loved the cushion for what it is, respected what it was, and now have helped it to become something that will be treasured again..kind of like the velveteen rabbit but a velveteen pillow instead *smile

Every time I read about evertite frames, I vow to get myself one...can you believe I don't own any?? Looking forward to following your course...

Friday, February 05, 2010  
Anonymous meri said...


Friday, February 05, 2010  
Blogger Jeanne said...

Um.. here's your shout out. If the design is 6X10, you really do need more than 8X12 stretchers. That's only an inch margin (2.5cm) on each side. I'd go up to at LEAST 10x14. I actually prefer 3 inches on each side, so I'd go up even more.

Nice reuse of the cushion!

Friday, February 05, 2010  
Blogger Elmsley Rose said...

oh, Jeanne - thankyou for use of your brain!

Shall do.

Saturday, February 06, 2010  

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