Thursday, 2 April 2009

Vintage Thingies Thursday 20 - Cushion Covers

Time for old stuff again! Suzanne is hosting Vintage Thingies Thursday and showing today her special creamers.



Last week, when I did my archaeological digging in my boxes for the ryijy rugs, I found some other cushion covers, made by an earlier generation of women in my family.


This is made in cross-stitch in wool. It has been used, and taken apart to be washed. Maybe I should sew it together again and make a cushion for my home?

Here is a detail. As far as I could see, all stitches are nicely in the same direction! When I was about 10 years old, I made a cushion cover with a rose pattern (painted on the fabric) for my paternal grandmother. My mother was very strict on my stitches, and I wasn't allowed to make any leaps on the reverse to continue with the same colour in another spot. Well, if it is worth sewing by hand, it should be worth sewing well.



These last two cushion covers are crocheted. The dark areas are shadows, I couldn't stretch them quite flat on the snow when I took the pictures.



This was all from my vintage treasures this week. Go over to Suzanne and find who else is playing along this week!

20 comments:

  1. Those are very lovely and unique! I've never seen anything like them - the patterns are beautiful!

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  2. Wow...gorgeous cross stitch and crochet. I agree...sew it well. It's definitely worth it. I did a rug hook project when I was a teenager. I remember it being fun but there was just ONE project!

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  3. These are gorgeous, and all the more so since they were made by family.

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  4. These are so beautiful, I've never seen the pattern before, thanks for sharing.

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  5. Your work is beautiful. I love the first one the best. It almost looks Indian, and would go very nicely here in the desert. (even though we come from such different terrain).

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  6. Lovely lovely cusions. Yes.. I think you should sew up that one and make a pillow for your sofa.
    The round ones looks so pretty on the snow. What are you going to do when your background all melts away??

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  7. Love the quote and gotta love mothers who pass on their skills to the next generation. You have made some beautiful pieces.

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  8. beautiful work! Very intricate~

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  9. Beautiful patterns and colors!

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  10. The work that must have been put into making these is unreal. They are beautiful, the colors are amazing and the detail is super. Loved this post.

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  11. I am in awe of that crochet work! Amazing! Yes you should put the cushion back together again. My grandmother told me the same thing about my sewing when I was a teen using a plastic printed on canvas. In fact she looked at the back and then the front when I showed her. I thought it strange at the time, but I think rules of sewing used to be stricter.

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  12. It is not hard to see where your skills comes from..
    Take care and have fun!

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  13. These are so special and different! Lots of talented hands! :)

    Stephanie

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  14. Such beautiful handwork. When I look at things like this I am always amazed at the care and hard work that went into them.

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  15. These are beautiful,Ulla, so unusual I would not have know the round cushions are crocheted. Perhaps you could put the first one in a frame?

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  16. I have never heard of Ryijy rugs. I love to learn about something new and someones traditions. I love the cushion covers. They are really beautiful.

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  17. Incredible what can be done with crochet-your cushion covers are beautiful!

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  18. this is my fav subject, textiles!!..they're all gorgeous but i must say the crochet cushions are MAGIC!! :)

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  19. The cushions are truly beautiful! ~kelly

    unDeniably Domestic

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