I wanted embroider a cushion to go in my living room. I became mildly obsessed with cushions. I was inspired by Kirsty's embroidery, and thought I'd like a bash at doing some myself.
So I set about trying to come up with some ideas!
I started by thinking along a nautical theme, as the colours I have in the room are blue, white and red.
Nautical colours inspired nautical designs. I liked the idea of rope, beach huts and flags. I thought about incorporating appliqued felt into the designs as well.
I liked the use of the colours, but decided I wasn't keen on appliqueing complicated shapes as it was a first go, and I'm a bit of an amateur! I thought incorporating text would be a nice idea as it might make more of a statement, and be simpler to do.
I moved onto these drawings, because I liked the text and motif combination, and the umbrella and bicycle designs were my favourite of the ideas I put on the previous page. The 'j'aime mon bicyclette' idea was a favourite, and I chose that over the 'bicycle days' one. Because French is chic, right?
I thought the journal was a great tool for honing and refining ideas that begin with just a general thought about a project I might want to do. I liked being able to look back at previous ideas I'd had and look at them on paper rather than trying to remember something I'd thought about a week before. I could then tweak them and develop them to take my favourite parts of what I'd come up with and combine them into something I was really happy with.
I am still working on the cushion, and will keep you posted on how it's going!