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January 10, 2013 12 Comments by Kirsty

over dyed bargello cushions | #mycreativespace

If you’ve spent any time at all at kootoyoo then you know I’m a sentimental sap. Just about everything I buy or make is motivated by memory.

These bargello cushions are no exception. I was lucky enough to be given these by my mum last week. They were originally worked by my dear ‘Non’.

I have so many wonderful memories of the evenings I spent curled up on Non’s couch as a kid. I, in my Non purchased jammies and Non made moccies and her in her pink velvet dressing gown. The dressing gown was quilted in silver thread and was quite the most glamorous thing I’d ever seen. She was always busy knitting and in later years stitching, and there was always crap on the teev.

I really wanted to love the cushions and not just for the fact that she made them. I tried, I really did but they needed a bit of ‘me’ to bring them out of the storage box and into the family room. The once cringe worthy cushions are now treasure forever. I’ve managed to drag them from the far reaches of my memory and my grandmother’s home into my own with just a couple of packets of dye, a pair of rubber gloves, some salt and a wooden spoon.

Chuffed.

And another thing…

My Creative Space Tour | Pippa @ Ouch Flower | #mycreativespace 009

I spent time with Pippa from Ouch Flower. We have a lot in common including a deep and abiding love of our creative origins. You can check out her space here.

Are you wondering what other the other creative space folk have been up to? You can check that out here.

12 Comments

  1. lamina @ do a bit
    2 years ago

    WOW… the cushions turned out gorgeous! And it is so wonderful you have a bit of your Nan with you on the couch! :)

    Would loved to have seen a before shot… must have been a bit scary :s

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  2. kate
    2 years ago

    It’s the things with a story that mean the most.

    Loved the Pippa feature!

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  3. Pippa
    2 years ago

    Beautiful Kirsty, careful though, dyeing things is habit forming! :)

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  4. Jo
    2 years ago

    It sure is amazing what a vat of dye can do to change something. I’ve got pale some pale pink eyelet fabric that is going teal (and hopefully ending up as a dress) as soon as I have time to do it ;-)

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  5. Kylie
    2 years ago

    How great do those cushions look after a little Kootoyooing.
    There really are inticate and I can see why you would have spent many an hour running your fingers over their design.

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  6. brenda
    2 years ago

    ahhh… i love a historic piece of sentimentality that is then brought into the now. yay for dye – dare i ask what colour they were in the before shot??

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  7. Create Hope Inspire: Miriam
    2 years ago

    they have worked out really well

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  8. Joliz
    2 years ago

    Aaahhh Non. She was a cracker and clever. She was always looked glamorous. Xx

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  9. Joliz
    2 years ago

    Looking not looked!!!

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    • Kirsty
      2 years ago

      Yep – even in her dressing gown. xx

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  10. look see.
    2 years ago

    Beautiful cushions!

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  11. mel @ loved handmade
    2 years ago

    These really are stunning, Im always a bit partial to greys of course! Even more beautiful because they were made by your Non, love them!

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