Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Crocheted Couch Cushions



When Felix was a tiny baby I started crocheting a bedspread with a tiny hook and very fine thread. Fourteen years later (last week) I decided that I had truly lost interest in finishing it, and that I had just enough finished squares to cover three big squishy pillows for the couch.

I laid the crocheting over unbleached muslin and basted it together, then cut out a natural-colored linen back for each pillow. Installed a thrifted zipper (always check for functionality first!) so the whole thing can be washed.

For scale, each crocheted hexagon measures about four inches across. Oh, and I have to add that one of my Homemaker's Encyclopedia's shows a housewife drying a bedspread on the clothesline, and the spread is crocheted from this very pattern!

19 comments:

Katrina said...

Just priceless not to mention beautiful

Tracy said...

I'm just learning to crochet, and I was feeling very smug. Until. I. Saw. This.

Renee said...

That is so beautiful!

Maiden of the King said...

So beautiful and delicate -- crocheting with fine thread is surely the most beautiful form of crochet. Just lovely!

Yours in Christ,
Shannon

Suzanne said...

All my old aunts made these for wedding gifts. My Mom still has hers and it is definitely a family heirloom:-) Yours is just as pretty!

Elizabeth Joy said...

I have a double bedspread in this pattern, passed down from my dear grandma. Mrs. Nickels gave it to her. I never knew Mrs. Nickels, but she must have been a wonderful lady from the way grandma talked about her. I have thought many times of how long it must have taken for that dear lady to make it for her friend, my grandma. Don't you just want to give her a hug!. I think your pillows are lovely.

Jodes said...

They are beautiful! And how wonderful to be able to enjoy the pattern as cushions instead of feeling guilty about an unfinished project!

gracelaced said...

I love that your children will inherit lovingly crafted heirlooms--seems hard to come by these days...

Tracy said...

That is just absolutely stunning Anna. I'm so glad that you were able to put all that beautiful hard work to a good practical use, even though it was 'unfinished'. I'm sure you'll enjoy using those cushions.

Domestic Chicky said...

I have a bedspread made by my Great-Grandmother in this pattern and it weighs a ton! I can't even imagine the work that went into this. You did beautiful work!

Liisa said...

That is beautiful. I too have the Homemaker's Encyclopedias. I just love them! I had a peek in the housekeeping one and found the picture you mention. I am missing three in the set and hope to find them soon.

Blessings,
Liisa

Brambleberry said...

So lovely!

Sarah Jane Meister said...

Incredibly lovely! I love crocheted things, especially in such dainty patterns, but unfortunately cannot do it myself. It is so inpsiring to see your work!

Anonymous said...

HI, I have enjoyed your blog for a while now, trawled through your archives. I love how everything and everyday has an element of beauty in it. I can also sense a real sense of patience in your home too. How do you fit in everthing? I felt for your family with the death of your Nan. The last few weeks would have been beautiful for her.

jar said...

The pillow is beautiful and looks so soft and elegant.

Tracy said...

Your cushion looks lovely. Thank you for your beautiful blog. It is always inspiring.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing such beauty in the midst of your mourning.

Blessings,
Leslie

Bethgem said...

Sometimes pillows are the better part of valor. Pretty!

Miss Carey @----'---------- said...

Where can I find instructions and a pattern for this? Your blog is filled with projects I love... Thanks for sharing. :)

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