Forward by Jane
I designed this cushion cover for a workshop trip to the west of Ireland. As the focus of the trip was the knitting heritage of the Aran Islands, that sit at the mouth of Galway Bay, I chose to use traditional cable stitch designs and textural patterns. To give the cover a more contemporary twist, and because I adore a bit of bling, I also added some beads using a slip-stitch method that enables the beads to create a cross pattern.
I used traditional cream yarns as the shade for the first cushion cover with gold and green beads to echo the national colours of Ireland, but I had a feeling it would also look great in red with silver beads, so I set about creating a new version especially for the festive season.
I really love the way the silver beads sparkle on this cover.
Of course, you can use any yarn shade and bead combinations and i hope you will enjoy making your cushion cover too!
The pictured images were created using the following:
West Yorkshire Spinners ColourLab DK 100% British Wool, 225m(245yds), 100g balls
2 x (010) Natural Cream
2 x (556) Crimson Red
1 pack of Debbie Abrahams Beads
35cm Square cushion pad
20mm traditional leather shank-style buttons brown
3.75mm & 4.00mm needles
Knitters sewing needle
Fine sewing needle and thread for threading beads
Produced from 100% British wool, ColourLab Dk boasts a bright collection of 18 solids colours. Formulating colours with beautiful fibres is West Yorkshire Spinners passion. With evolving colour trends & the demand for sustainable natural fibres increasing, developing a 100% wool DK with an ever-growing colour palette seemed the perfect choice.
Yellow DA 35
Orange DA 36
Ice Blue DA42
Aqua Blue DA47
Bright Green DA221
Neon Orange DA232
Neon Pink DA235
Baby Blue DA387
Fruit Salad DA752
Night Sky DA754
Rose DA 383
Tangerine Dream DA 733
Teal DA 51
|Hook/Needle Size||3.75mm & 4.00mm
|Wash Care||Machine Wash 40°, Do not tumble dry, Reshape whilst damp