Crazy Canvaswork Cushion – Part 6

Two Thirds Done

Two Thirds Done

We interrupt our normal programming…. to bring you your first sight of the whole Cushion.

Probably your only sight until I take it off the stretchers, too. As it turned out,  getting the canvas rolled up neatly again, under sufficient tension, was really quite a task, involving two people and much changing of minds, as well as many rollings and unrollings. Furthermore, since the rollers are permanently set in their sockets, it won’t be possible to show the whole thing without taking it off the stretchers. I shan’t be doing that, because I really don’t enjoy the mounting process!

However, I can report that I am really very pleased with how it is going. I think I need another set of greens for the next section, since there seems to be a rhythm of sorts going on there. I certainly need something bright, with a bit of punch and impact. I like the last two sections — they work well together – but they are beginning to look a little too well behaved. It’s not quite as riotous as I was hoping…

Moorish Stitch

Moorish Stitch

Section Nine of the Crazy Canvaswork Cushion is worked in Moorish Stitch, a diagonal stitch to set against the crossed stitch of the previous patch.

There is one heathered thread in this pattern – the solitary tent stitch vertically separating the short dashes. That’s turned out a bit too subtle, but it does help to maintain the difference between Moorish Stitch and Jacquard Stitch, for example.

Section Nine

Section Nine

This patch took longer to do because as the weather warms up, wool becomes a less appealing material to work in. In addition, the main, peach wool proved to be rather harder to separate that I expected. It’s labelled Paterna, and should be exactly the same as all the other threads, but it was harder to strand, and has slightly less sheen.

Now I need to pick a stitch – I think it should be a straight stitch, with pattern that runs horizontally – and then pick the colours for Section Ten…


  1. Lady Fi says:

    I like that crazy cover!

  2. elaine says:

    I love all the different stitches! definitely Green next 🙂

  3. Penny says:

    Its wonderful!! Quite a task — even a two person task! I love the shaded blue section but its all beautiful.

  4. Sue Jones says:

    The peach and blue are probably not going to look so calm when the piece is off the frame and the white border has vanished in the making up of the seat cover. I think you’ll find that all the colours sing nicely once it is finished. Greenish next and then something a bit purplish for the last corner?

  5. Carolyn says:

    This has turned into a stunning piece and is looking quite beautiful. My commiserations on having to put the piece back on the rollers, a horrible task.

  6. Cynthia says:

    Love the peach section. It’s coming together quite nicely.

  7. deanna7trees says:

    oh it’s looking wonderful. i especially love that green section towards the bottom that looks like tumbling blocks.

  8. It looks fabulous! What an immense amount of stitching. I am looking forward to seeing it finished!

  9. Janice says:

    It’s looking great. It’s funny how you really can’t tell until you see a project in its entirety how the colours and shapes all look together, how the balance is shaping up, and the rhythm between the different sections and repeats of colours. I agree that a green section would be good next. I imagine you will have completed that by now, since I’m lates commenting. Hope you’re pleased with how it’s shaping up. Are you still only halfway through…? Looks like there’s a lot of unstitched canvas rolled out there!

  10. Megan says:

    He’s going to be such a lovely friendly cushion! have you any ideas about the backing, or does it fold around on itself?