Another new project to think about

The Canvaswork Abstract Garden
The Canvaswork Abstract Garden

Remember this? It was an exploration of canvaswork, a very long time ago, and when I’d finished it, I hadn’t the vaguest idea what to do with it. Then my cousin said she knew exactly what to do with it, and could she have it, please?

She and her local soft furnishing people turned it into a rather fabulous cushion, and it has been sitting happily kicking welly-booted heels in the air on a chair in her conservatory ever since.

Close Up Of The Corner Trim
Close Up Of The Corner Trim

Fast forward to some recent reorganising in her house, and she has a another chair that might be interested in a companion piece. Not the same shape, and not the same canvas, fortunately, and not necessarily the same colours either, just similar. I have to find the canvas before I can get excited about this one, so it will be a while, but I do have something to think about.

My cousin found a gorgeous drone shot of a knot garden in a National Trust property, and said “Start from this!”. The central tree might even end up as a sculpted piece of one of the pile stitches – that would be fun, wouldn’t it!

I’m thinking I might choose to use a brown canvas this time, and use as many variegated greens as I can lay my hands on. But as I’m not sure where I’ll find the canvas, my ideas have plenty of time in which to change….


  1. Sue Jones says:

    Yes, you could have fun with something based on that. A good brown canvas is very much nicer on the hands than a standard white one.

  2. Jen Mullen says:

    Your piece is show-cased beautifully in that pillow!

  3. Yes, I remember the cushion, and the little boot!
    Making another cushion based on the drone photograph would be fun, but I am sure you will add plenty of your own design to it.
    Have fun, planning and stitching.

  4. Sandy says:

    Really nice cushion, yes, but I’m actually bookmarking this as inspiration for my new Garden!

  5. Lin says:

    Love the welly boot! Another great project to work on. xx

  6. Sounds like a new fun project to do and I’m sure it will turn out as wonderful as the last one.

  7. That sounds like a great project for yet more variations on canvaswork stitches. As with you glasses case, a dark background will give you more leeway for exploring stitches 🙂

  8. Carolyn Foley says:

    Great project and you do have a starting point, which doesn’t happen all that often. Good luck.

  9. Jillayne says:

    There’s nothing quite like the tantalizing prospect of a new project… I love the corner-peek of the finished cushion – the edging looks wonderful.

  10. Sheryl says:

    The cushion turned out really lovely and the new project very interesting, lots to think about and plan.