After a small gap, here’s another scrap in my continuing series. This is from a 100% pure new wool Marks & Spencer skirt which I found in a charity shop. The picture doesn’t really do it justice as my flash was too harsh. I particularly like the look of this kind of flecked, pepper-and-salt, slightly slubby tweed. This one feels really lovely and soft too. The original garment is great for my upcycling purposes as it’s good and big. I thought it would make a nice cushion, or possibly two.
I’ve slung it through the wash, slightly unceremoniously, though it advises dry-cleaning only on the label. I don’t mind a little shrinkage. In fact, as a compulsive sweater-felter, I usually actively encourage things to shrink. Forgive the wonky picture above – I was in an unseemly rush.
And here’s what I’m doing with it. This project is a cushion cover for a male relative who happens to adore rhinos. I’m aiming for something that sits on the cute spectrum yet is still acceptable to a young adult male. OK, cushion covers per se aren’t the obvious boy choice, but men need cushions too: desk chairs, bachelor-pad beds, leather swivel armchairs… Feel free to fill in the gaps. This critter has been cut from a felted sweater (another charity shop purchase). Can’t claim credit for his shape – he’s out there on the internet somewhere, copyright-free for the looking. I’ve yet to decide how I want his applique stitching to look.
But I know he wants this beady button eye: a reclaimed vintage mother-of-pearl button (one of my favourite types of button, but don’t get me started). It makes him look friendly enough and yet nobody’s fool either: just as any self-respecting rhino should look. He’s already very, very, very late, so I’d better crack on. Will try to remember to take pics of the finished article to show you. Thanks for looking!