It may no longer be as necessary as it once was, but recycling old clothes, offcuts and remnants can only be a positive way of limiting our modern, wasteful ways.
I have a box filled with remnants of my painted silk. Mostly small pieces too small to be individually sewn into anything useful, but large enough to be cut into strips and hooked into hessian.
Naturally, most of the weight of the silk I use when painting is too fragile to hooked into a rag rug, but it is definitely sturdy enough to be made into a cushion cover.
I have combined the painted silk scraps with dyed wool, old dyed cotton t-shirts, remnants of velvet and strips of various mixed fibre textile oddments all found in my rag bag.The finished cover kind of resembles my original photograph that I used as the basis for the design.
18 thoughts on “Hooking a cushion cover”
Thank you for your kind comment.
Is this a very classy version of the late-lamented rag rug?
It most certainly is! Nice of you to put it in such a positive way.
Wow – love the texture and colour of this fabric art!
Thank you. It is quite fiddly. Comes together better if I am not in a picky mood!
That’s fascinating. You certainly are a craftsman. What an eye for transformation.
It definitely helps me to work up my photos first. The covers take a longish time to hook so don’t want to find I am working on something that doesn’t feel right.
Thank you. A little bit different isn’t it!
Yes. As I was reading, I not only thought of the work visually but also how it would feel under my fingers. Really something.
Interesting you should say that as when I did a couple of weekends at the Christmas Craft Fair a number of people asked if they could touch my hooked work. Surprisingly, the covers are actually quite firm.
I would have been one of those people. I’m not surprise that they are firm, though, it looked to me that they are quite dense.
Yes you are right it is the denseness that makes them firm.
Well, we can’t go on living this wastefully for ever, and one day, I predict, hooking will be back – though most of us won’t produce such pleasing results from our rag bags
I think both hooking and prodding can be used as therapeutic activities too – offering even more benefits than first meets the eye.
😊 Thank you.