Sometimes you’ll stitch a design that is ‘portrait’ format rather than ‘landscape.’ Traditionally, such a design would have found its way to the picture framer as the portrait format lends itself very well to being framed.
While framing is definitely an option, it is still possible to have your needlepoint made into a cushion. Three of our Jolly Red designs – Noah Sampler, Farmyard, and Dinosaur – are examples of tapestries where we’ve ‘squared up’ the designs for customers, adding fabric borders which are slightly wider at the sides than they are top and bottom. This evens the designs up nicely and the result is a great looking, practical cushion.
Here are a few recent examples, starting with Alex’s Farmyard Sampler that we made up with a light green/grey border with red piping and pale yellow backing. Very smart!
Two February babies, Olivia and Solomon and their Farmyard Samplers. Incidentally, Solomon has lost some of his sheep, to make way for a taller name panel!
We used the pale green cotton with red piping for Olivia’s cushion. For Solomon’s we used pale sandy yellow for the border, with dark grey for piping and a paler grey for backing.
Red, blue, green and yellow tend to be the most popular colours for making up these children’s cushions, but if you have one that you’d like us to tackle in a different way just give us a call and we’ll see what we can do. We have lots of other colours in the workshop, many of which would work really well.
The Noah theme is as popular with girls as it is with boys!
Whatever you decide, your new arrival will adore his or her new cushion – just like Toby here with his Noah’s Ark Sampler!