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