I won’t do a paper mock-up of the whole cushion, as I need a cushion pad, so will need a lining/toile anyway. I am making full colour cartoons for the front and back, so will include them. (Some of the photos are not as good as they could be due to the lack of natural light).
This is a map of the sestrieri (districts) of Venice, plus the Arsenale (Naval yard – pale blue) and the Isola San Georgio Maggiore (orange). I resized the pattern, as it was too small.
These are outlines of ferri (the metal pieces on the bows of gondolas) in different fabrics, sizes and colours: 1 Silver leather, 2 Black PVC; 3 White organza; 4 & 8 Black organza; 5 Silver rayon; 6 & 7 Grey organza. (Supposedly, a gondola mooring in the mist).
I actually like this design better than the one for the front, but it works better in monochrome than colours, and would not work as well with the curtains.
Dye & Fabric
Dyed fabric (actually dark green)
Janet stuffing the cushion pad
Blurred photo of half-stuffed cushion pad
Cushion pad in the chair
Depending on how you look at it, I was lucky enough to be meeting a group of fellow embroiderers for coffee at this point, so I took the whole lot with me to get some opinions. They thought the yellow was too bright, I thought the reds were the wrong colours, and we all thought the prairie points didn’t look connected. There is enough of the dyed fabric to make prairie points and the colours of the stitching will show up better.
Prairie Points 1
Prairie Points 2
Pinned to curtain
The result was that I bought some more dye, went home and microwaved some more fabric. I mixed a sunflower yellow and a beige to tone down the yellow, and used a ‘Rosewood red’ for the red. I also juggled the colours about, and prefer the second one.
Free machining: feather and granite stitches.
Gondola mooring post
I think the prairie points will have to be green, and the machine patterns chosen very carefully, with the second one down, the joined circles are too wide apart. Also, the idea of making the points look like the Arsenale wall don’t really work, so may have to be rethought.
All the shapes will be reinforced using matching threads and zig-zag stitching, and straight stitching as further shadows echoing the applied shapes.
Front with applied shapes
Photocopy of front
The backward ‘S’ shape is the Grand Canal: Granite stitch in metallic and random cotton
Free machining: Feather stitch and straight stitching in analogous colours.
Free Machining samples
Machine Pattern samples
Paper and fabric shapes