Friday, 4 July 2014

putting my feet up


It's finished, I love it and I'm going to enjoy hand sewing and quilting even more with my feet up on my new footstool. It was made using a brilliant pattern called Remixed Ottoman by Penny Jameson. I just had to make this after seeing the beautiful one Adrianne made when she took a class at Stitch Playroom in Christchurch, New Zealand. She very kindly put me in touch with them (thanks again Adrianne!) and I ordered the pattern. If you want a copy of the pattern the Stitch Playroom website has a contact us page where you could make an enquiry. 


The pattern is easy to follow and well written with full size templates and helpful diagrams. Even making the zip closure wasn't difficult. Stuffing it is (as the pattern recommends) definitely a two person job! Although by the end I was using a little ceramic jug to squeeze a few more polystyrene beads in.


I used dotty fabrics from Terry's Fabrics in Smoke, Sage, Powder Blue and Lime. The Smoke and Sage are great soft colours, I like the vintage feel of the Powder Blue but that Lime really pops and adds a nice vibrancy. I also chose to have visible selvedges because they are so cool, I like the numbers and also the washing instruction icons. It feels nice and sturdy but it's still lightweight, using home dec fabrics and lots of quilting gives it great shape and stability.


The 'LOVE' cross stitch worked out really well using DMC Soluble Aida Canvas, you can get the pattern here. I spent a lot of time deciding what to stitch on it. I wanted something I would love looking at, that would be nice for the whole family and meant something to me. My husband and I saw the Love sculpture by Robert Indiana in New York while we were on our honeymoon so it's a romantic reminder for us too. I slightly messed up my count but you'd have a hard time seeing it I think and since I'd already quilted the top when I decided to stitch it and had to push through three layers there was no way I was unpicking anything!! Regardless I love it and I love my footstool. It's a final check off my Q2 FAL list.

It's also proving to be a popular stool / play thing for the kids, though I'm trying to discourage it and failing ;)






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24 comments:

  1. Oh, what a fun finish! Great project, love your fabric, and until I read it, thought the LOVE was a machine embroidery. Just perfect!

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  2. How cool! That's really great, Lucy!
    I plan to make one out of recycled jeans for quite some time now - I think it's time to start!

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  3. I love it Lucy! Who doesn't love a giant hexy

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  4. Lovely finish! We need a photo of you with your feet up, though. ;) The Love stitched on the top is perfect and I like the fun icons on the selvedge, too.

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  5. I'd be playing with it too if I were in the room! Hope you get it back when the kids go to bed! Love the hat that girl has style!

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  6. That is a really fab footstool Lucy! I'm not surprised the children love it -as soon as they're asleep you must reclaim it and put your feet up! Alison xx

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  7. What a fun and beautiful footstool...love it!

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  8. Looks great! So you used little polystyrene balls to pack it? Where did you get those from?

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  9. Whoaaaa I am so impressed!! That is amazing!

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  10. What an amazing finish, Lucy! The colors you chose are so bright and cheerful and it looks absolutely perfect. What kid can resist climbing on an ottoman? We have a round one at our house that Master W. loves to roll down the hall at top speed. It's nowhere near as pretty as yours, though!

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  11. That's really cool Lucy! Looks fantastic and beautifully finished!

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  12. Oh wow - such a fun finish! I love it!

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  13. It's a super pouf!! Everything about it is awesome!

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  14. Fab finish, I love it, well done, and the cross stitch is just perfect on it!

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  15. What a great finish! And something that will get lots and lots of use too.

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  16. Love it, a great finish and definitely a great toy - Lu forget it, it is never going to be yours!

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  17. I can imagine you with your feet up on it once the kiddos are in bed (glass of wine in hand?) Love it! It looks like a giant cupcake. The selvage detail is cool too.

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  18. Just perfect. I wouldn't have thought of making something like this but now I want one too.

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  19. Uh, yeah, good luck getting that one back ;o) Looks fab anyway, no wonder they want it!

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  20. brilliant!!!!! Can I have one, please?

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  21. Great idea and well made. Don't think the kids will be giving up playing with it any time soon. Lois looks so much like you! Who does Joan look like?

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  22. Had to go find this after reading your fresh sewing round up. Must have missed it first time round. Making a foot stool is on my to do so I can hide some polyballs in nice fabric (rather than have them sat in a bin bag!) love yours.

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