Ah, behold the latent design power of the throw pillow. AKA soft little squares (or in this case, circles) of goodness that can single-handedly change the feeling or direction of a room, spark conversation, or soften an otherwise uninviting chair or nook. Yes folks, they’re magic when it comes to interior decor which is why they’re the easy answer to updating your space just enough to cure the restless, “I’m sick of my house” cabin fever that inevitably sets in this time of year.
When I think of cross-stitch needlepoint, my mind goes to that of my Grandmother’s craft and in no way modern & textural. But this project is here to change all that and (hopefully) help us rethink the art of cross-stitch. It’s a needlepoint seat cushion made with a rug hooking grid + super chunky yarn and the finished result is a deliciously textural surface that’s perfect for softening bare accent or dining chairs.
If like me, you love the Mid Century style and a good thrift store find now and again, then maybe you won’t think I’m crazy when I tell you I purchased this old beat up chair that was missing it’s cushion and had structural issues, annnnd I couldn’t have been more stoked about my score!
Now before you send me straight to the nut house, hear me out. The chair was a Mid Century diamond in the rough rattan occasional chair that cost me $4–Yep, four $1 bills–at the North Loop Salvation Army. As for those structural issues? Nothin’ a DIY gal like myself couldn’t fix!
Of course, what I hadn’t accounted for was how I’d style the chair in my home–I just saw it, picked it up, gave the checkout guy the quad of $1 bills, and drove off with it tucked in the back of my Volks Golf.
The looped rattan back was too pretty to cover with a throw pillow, and the seat was round which made it hard to find the right cushion. So it hung out in the guest room until I got the idea to cross stitch a cushion for it. I wanted the cushion to fit the chair similarly to cushions on Eames Wire Chairs. A round, low profile, cushion. But instead of plain old fabric, I’d cross stitch the faces of the cushion, modernizing the look of the chair, and also in a weird way nodding to its Mid Century roots.
Find the full tutorial for the cushion over on Sugar & Cloth!
One of the ways I shrug off those I’m-over-winter blues this time of year is by switching out small accessories in my home, like pillows, to help it feel a bit less wintery. So today I want to share these easy little tufted pillows I created for Sugar and Cloth which are perfect for infusing spring vibes into the home.
Usually when I hear the word ‘tufting’ I run the other way because the word tufting just sounds complex, right? Well never fear, though these pillows are technically tufted, they each just have one giant tuft in the middle so they’re actually ridiculously easy. Yay! And there’s also no zipper, so Double Yay! Head over and say hi to Ashley for the tutorial.
Tomorrow I’ll be sharing tips for choosing the right inserts for throw pillows, so make sure to check back!