We recommend a raw silk tapestry fabric for finishing cushions - picking up any of the the colors. Typical options are velvet backs - much more durable - yet we prefer silks for their elegance.
Make a pattern first - using tissue paper or muslin - and allowing extra margins ( 5/8 inches ) for the seams. The four front pieces are cut on a bias - the back are two pieces - for a zippered opening.
The silk fabric - is extremely *slippery* - so the machine stitching needs to be done very slowly - almost stitch-by-stitch - using the hand wheel - not the foot control.
Please be patient - the finished results are worth the efforts.
Design Size - 5.4 x 4.8 inches - ( 13.7 cm x 12 cm ) - 12 holes to the inch.
Choose Zweigart mono deluxe or interlock canvases.
A full sized color photograph of the stitched design with instructions - is on the outside - the stitch-painted needlepoint canvas inside - with the wool fibers - all wrapped in a resealable plastic folder with holes to breath.
These are stitch-painted canvas. Select *OPEN / CLOSE - LARGE IMAGES* to view enlarged photographs.
The gift packaged needlepoint kits contain premium quality materials - including:
The tapestry fabric we chose ( and recommend ) for the cushion and pillow inserts is a raw silk - picking up any of the the colors.
The four front pieces are cut on a bias and pieced with the bias running in different directions.
An exquisite pattern for cushion inserts - the cushions are cut stark with straight edges - - to compliment the composition of the Memling designs.
Stark white or black - will also make into stunning background colors !! Mix and match the sizes and background colors. Above we used a tangerine - then a mustard backing below - by slightly changing the central wool color.
The raw silk surrounding is a popular finishing solution for these Needlepoint Cushions and Pillows. This fabric refreshes the yarn and eases the needlework into a visually light - elegant object. The textures of the natural fibers - compliment each other gracefully. The irregular quality of the raw silk surface - - actually enhances the perfection of the needlepoint stitches.
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