Back, right side with Black vinyl stitched down
Back, wrong side
Finished back, right side
Back wrong side
Front – wrong side with map pieces added
Front – right side with gondolas added
Numbered from the top, I have added some stitching to 5 & 6, but I feel that 4 needs some as well as it is a shiny rayon fabric – the same as the right hand shape on the back – and your eye goes straight to it. It may be that stitching on the map shapes will do, but if not, what colour would be best?
Photocopy with suggested stitching:
Red vermicelli in the Red/Blue cotton
Yellow vermicelli in the plain Lemon, Brown vermicelli in the variegated shade, just round the edge of the map/the gondola/both/or neither
Due to the appalling light (and I waited until this morning to take the photos) you can’t see the straight stitching inside the green and large blue shapes. I intended to use the Green/Blue variegated, but could use a green or blue ombre respectively instead.
Braid for edging.
There is indeed a vermicelli machine stitch. I don’t want to make the braid any wider, so I think the top one would work as it is.
Finished Cushion front – right side
I think this is as good as I can get it, I like it, but I still prefer the back!
Right side Close-up 1
Despite having been serviced before I started on the cushion, for some reason best known to itself, the Bernina would not sew 100% evenly on the curved bits, as you can see. Hopefully, this should not detract from the overall look.
Finished cushion front
I can’t say I am thrilled with the cushion now it is finished. I quite like it, but what I had in mind was something more sumptuous and thrilling. The back is more what I had in mind, but does not go with the curtains.
Back before making up.
I also found making up the cushion less easy than I hoped. Possibly someone with better dressmaking skills might have been tidier than I am.
However, I think of using a similar design to the back for a panel for the branch exhibition in October.