The dictionary definition of "era" is "era, a noun, a passage or period of time. Or, if I got off my ass and got my trusty dictionary out I am sure that is what it would say. I couldn't possibly pick my favourite era, I love Georgian architecture, I love everything about the Regency period and Jane Austen. And of course I love the Victorians, who doesn't? So, I have taken "era, the passage of time" literally and decided on a clock. However, like all my makes, it isn't quite how I envisioned it when I started out.
I tried to machine sew the white circle into the black circle by pinning and easing round. It didn't really work, it was more a circular rectangle. So I started again and just laid the white circle under the black and turned under a little bit of black fabric and hand slip stitched it. Then I noticed running stitched the inner black thread circle and began to slip stitch the numbers. Mmm, the clock face wasn't quite straight when I did the 12. This set the pattern for a "wonky clock". I really enjoyed sewing the numbers on and it is ok that they are not quite regular. I then stitched ERA and it was at the wrong angle too! Ripped it out and did it again, slightly bigger this time.
Now came the tricky bit. Measure 9 cm out each side of the central point. Not tricky at all, but I had the plastic ruler upside down and misread the 6 cm for 9 cm. That explains why the clock is off centre! I actually like this better than the perfectly centred, perfectly straight clock I had imagined. For inspiration I used the IKEA clock in our sun room. We originally bought it for our Nana when she was in a nursing home for a short time as it had BIG numbers. Everyone thought our Nana was so trendy, which she actually was. The backing fabric is a Robert Kaufmann fabric bought last week on my fabric outing. It is just slip stitched closed as I was pushed for time. Next time I make a cushion I will definitely try a zip closure.
|rear of cushion|
Overall I am really pleased with the finished cushion and it has pride of place on my daughter's bed.
|the finished cushion in our kitchen|
Roll on October's Le Challenge.