I have completed the crochet base of the cushion cover and am now embarking on the crochet embroidery I have planned ('planned' is a very loose term here, basically I have an idea and am going to see if it works).
I bought the cushion insert today, and though it could be considered a mundane aspect of the project, I found it quite exciting simply because I was purchasing filling for something I had created. It is getting close to a finished work and for me, that is an achievement I will cherish (and hopefully make a more recurring habit).
I've also got some ideas for other cushion covers that have me bouncing around in my head. A couple lead directly on from this design, using the same colours in different ways (I bought more wool today ::insert evil cackle here::), but I also have a completely different idea for a gumflower cushion cover that would definitely involve me inventing either a stitch or some decidedly challenging embroidery.
I keep telling myself that I must complete this piece first, both to test the techniques, and to complete the process of making a cushion, something I last did in home economics class over twenty years ago (and not that well either). I also don't have a sewing machine (they seem to be allergic to me and react by tangling and jamming should I walk anywhere near one...I'm thinking to see if I can find an allergy-free model if I end up taking up this craft a little more permanently), so I have the challenge of sewing this piece entirely by hand...it will be an interesting result.
I have little knowledge of sewing materials. Can anyone suggest what material I might use as a back to this cushion? The yarn is soft acrylic. Also, I'm considering colours, red, green, or black? Black was my initial thought, but I'm not one hundred percent convinced. The stripes will have a black border crocheted on, however. Any help greatly appreciated.
I'm thoroughly enjoying being so inspired at the moment. I've been surfing on my laptop while feeding little Izzy and have seen some wonderful works online. They press all my arty buttons and set off multicoloured light bulbs in my hair.