I finished these “rainbow” cushions a couple of weeks ago and have been meaning to show you, so this morning I pulled my finger out (along with the camera) and set to it. Amber, our “Amber Star” hen, took the precise moment I was about to press the shutter to investigate the new additions to her familiar walking ground.
Are you allowed to have favourites? I love that hen – she is sooo bold! She has masses of character and keeps the puppy in line (who has learned that she WILL get a peck if she gets too close!).
I laid a work-in-progress blanket on the sofa to set the scene; this corner is where I put my feet up of an evening and settle down with my crochet to watch TV, while my ever-patient husband has the sport (on silent) on his iPad beside him. He’s a keeper – he lets me watch Midsomer Murders, Poirot, Lewis (and other such stuff that he hates) on the 60″ HD TV and he watches football on a 10″ screen without complaining!
Anyway, Amber very obligingly turned around to pose for the camera. Isn’t she lovely?
I love this combination of colours (thank you Lucy at Attic 24) and used them to make two cushions, one in ‘Raindrop’ stitch and the other in ‘Ripple’.
Here is the smaller, Raindrop cushion…
…and this is the back made from a gorgeous fuchsia sweater from my stash of felted woollen jumpers.
I made a simple envelope-style back so that I could crochet a lovely contrasting trim in turquoise. I just love the different coloured buttons.
The Ripple cushion cover is huge and I don’t actually have a large enough feather insert for it yet, so I borrowed a smaller one from another cushion just to take the photo:)
The reverse is made from part of a £3-00 charity shop find; a cream utility, pure wool, blanket with faint blue stripes running through.
I left the original label on it – I don’t know why really, I suppose to shows its vintage origins. I think it adds authenticity to it and a bit of quirky character which I like.
More contrasting trim and bright buttons…
…and here is the “Ta Dah!” moment with them both looking very cheery on my sofa (after the hen finally got bored and disappeared into the kitchen to eat the dogs’ food, much to their disgust).
Don’t you just adore crochet; it makes me feel all happy inside to see rainbow coloured cushions (and blankets) scattered around my home – and even happier knowing that I’ve made them all.
June 26, 2014 at 9:25 pm
The pillows are adorable, but your chicken just walking around like, “Oh hey these are nice,” is just too cute for words.
June 26, 2014 at 9:44 pm
Thanks Jacquline; the hens love popping in to say hello and they are very inquisitive! They make great pets:)
June 27, 2014 at 4:57 pm
Loving you crochet works of art, and your hen model….. soooo cute,
June 28, 2014 at 9:09 am
Thank you! I rather think Amber stole the show on this post!!!
January 6, 2015 at 6:46 pm
Oh my you are a hoot! Only you would have a pet hen. That just cracks me up. I have been working on Lucy’s cosy patter afghan and really want to make a couple cushions with the sweater back, I think that is just scrumptious! I love knowing that it is a warm sweater (jumper) as you say over there. I will get to one for sure cuz like you I love seeing the beautiful colors of crochet items all over! Lots of hooky love to you!! 🙂
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January 6, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Thanks so much Robin! We have an ‘open door’ policy to the hens and this particular one just loves to come in and boss the dogs about! I have a huge stash of charity shop jumpers and use them for all sorts of things. Colour plays a big part in my life – the brighter, the better:)
January 7, 2015 at 7:39 am
I am so happy that I stumbled upon your blog! I love to craft, and crochet is my favourite! I live on a farm, in South Africa, and have a great love of all creatures. Chickens are simply adorable characters. I have been entertained wonderfully by many of them! I look forward to browsing and following your blog.
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January 7, 2015 at 9:49 am
Thank you so much for your kind comments Charlene! I am glad you found me and I will pop over to find out more about you and your blog:)