Well, the stitching part of the title is certainly true, but whether it ever graces the cover of a cushion or anything else, only time will tell. Still I have made a good start on the stitching part. Here is what it looks like so far.
The fabric is a lovely 18ct light green Aida. Alas the green does not show up well in the photo. Rather a dull light this afternoon in Dundee and electric lighting did not make much of a difference. The pattern is based on a cushion cover I came across in Kellie Castle, a Scottish National Trust property just outside Pittenween in the East Neuk of Fife. It is an example of Bargello design and I loved it as soon as I saw it. The pattern will repeat to cover almost all of the fabric, with a small border round the edges.
I am using two strands of DMC cotton threads for this project. The main outline is stitched with a light old gold thread. The inside starts with a very dark violet to bring in some serious contrast. Then comes a couple of greens – bright chartreuse and very dark parrot. Another line of the violet and a dash of very light yellow green for the centre. This latter is so similar in colour to the fabric that it does not stand out much in the above photo.
This will be quite a large project for me, about 40cm square, so I have a long way to go. I would like the finished piece to become part of a cushion, but as I have no idea whatsoever as to how that can be done, this may remain a bit of a pipe dream. Still I am enjoying the stitching and it can always join the rest of my stash of unfinished work when finally done.