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IMGP5835Photograph of the special cushion commission I made just before Christmas this year. Made completely by hand with free machine embroidery…IMGP5837Close up of all the many stitches!

If you are interested in a textile cushion or picture design being made for any special occasion, get in touch with me – www.vickywilliams.net where I have my website showing more of my work.

Or email at vicky.williams@tesco.net.

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I arrived for the final day of the ‘Artisans in the Palm House Christmas Fair’ in Sefton Park, Liverpool with great trepidation after spending quite a few weeks working very hard, to finish off making a lot of cushions and pictures. We had managed to get there from North Wales in a gale force storm, but were just pleased to be a part of the event, inside this beautiful building full of tropical plants and trees.

I’d finished a number of items including my Christmas tree cushion, with thousands of free machine embroidered stitches and added beads and crocheted gold ‘tinsel’…IMGP5794 and a number of small pictures, including this little oystercatcher one made from navy and white free machine embroidered stitching….DSC07065

Glad to say that I had a very successful but unfortunately rather brief time, as in the afternoon, the gale force wind was causing havoc outside in the park surrounding the Palm House and could have caused great danger to the general public, including the many shoppers who had to be turned away at the door.

I’d like to say thanks to all the crowds, Organisers and artisans who made it a very happy …but rather short day!

Hope to be back selling there next year.

Paddington Cushion in Auction

My Paddington Cushion at the Auction.

Very pleased to inform you that my handmade Paddington Cushion was finally auctioned on March 7th at the NSPCC Child Line Ball in Manchester. Along with the other items in the Lot (see above) it managed to raise a wonderful £350 !!!!

As you know from my previous Blog written on March 3rd. I designed and made this unique cushion by painting with dyes onto a cotton sheet, then adding free machine embroidery all over the body. I then appliquéd him to a very nice Laura Ashley linen fabric, adding padding as I went along.

The overall Auction raised over £221,000 which is an incredible amount of money for such a good cause. This will go towards the NSPCC’s ChildLine Schools Service in Greater Manchester, ‘where volunteers visit schools in the area to teach the children how to recognise abuse, how to protect themselves and where to go for help’. (quoted from the Manchester Evening News).

Sam Bailey, Bars and Melody and Jermain Jackman lead the entertainment and other Lots included Noddy Holder (from Slade) auctioning himself off to host a Christmas lunch with 10 people at the Hilton. This raised £5,200.

Paddington cushion finished

Finished Paddington Cushion

I was very pleased to be asked by my friend Rachel (who works with the NW Branch of the NSPCC) to produce a special cushion commission that will be auctioned at their Child Line Charity Ball in Manchester on March 7th. And here is the finished product!!

I drew the figure onto a cotton sheet, then painted it with dye, before adding free machine embroidery all over the design. It was then appliquéd to the front of the cushion with stuffing added for a 3d effect..

Due to the ‘Paddington Bear’ Copyright, this cushion is unique and I will not be making any other similar cushions for financial gain.

I hope it manages to bring the NSPCC plenty of money towards their excellent cause.

Paddington Cushion close up

Paddington Cushion close up

Purple Geranium Cushion

Purple Geranium Cushion

Red poppy cushion

Red poppy cushion

Close up of geranium centre

Close up of geranium centre

close up of poppy centre

Close up of poppy centre

Black labrador cushion

Black labrador cushion

Close up of black labrador cushion

Close up of black labrador cushion

Very pleased to have finished these three commissions before Christmas, so the new owners could open them on the big day.

I’m looking forward to 2015, and hope to develop more designs for new cushions and especially my textile art. If you are interested in commissions, please get in touch with me –

email -vicky.williams@tesco.net

Facebook Page -https://www.facebook.com/vickywilliamshelleboretextile

christmas tree design

christmas tree design

Christmas tree cushion

Christmas tree cushion

tree closeup

Finished my Christmas Tree Design Cushion today and delivered it to the new owner who I’m glad to say loves it!

Due to my printer not allowing me to print onto fabric, I ended up drawing the design by hand and machine embroidered the design onto a separate cotton fabric, which was then finally appliquéd to my final fabric. I added a crocheted ‘tinsel’ and little bells for extra glitter.

Now, only three more cushions to finish before Christmas!!

five of the eight cushions

Five of the eight cushions

Dahlia Cushion

Dahlia Cushion

Cosmos Cushion

Cosmos Cushion

Echinaecea Cushion

Echinaecea Cushion

Pink Dahlia Cushion

Pink Dahlia Cushion

Sunflower Cushion

Sunflower Cushion

Very pleased to say that I have now completed five of the eight cushions that I am making to take to the Artisans in the Park Fair in Sefton Park on Sunday 16th November.

All my cushions have been hand made and are quite unique! The designs have been hand painted onto silk then free machine and hand embroidered before adding to a cushion front….even make the button on the back!

Three more to go……

flower head cushions.

Work in progress – flower head cushions.

cosmos flower close up

cosmos flower close up.

Close up of echinaecea flower head (centre to be added).

Close up of echinaecea flower head (centre to be added).

I have so far created six individual flower heads that have been hand painted using thickened dyes onto silk fabric (having a couple of extra flowers to add extra work too). The two close up photographs above, show that I have added extra free machine embroidery  to emphasise the veins and shape of the petals.

My next stage will be adding the flower heads to round cushion fronts and decorating the centres of the flowers, before making the actual cushion.

These will be for sale, (along with other cushion designs and textile art) at The Artisans in the Palm House in Sefton Park, Liverpool on November 16th.

Work in Progress

I am still in the process of painting a number of designs ready to make into fronts of cushions etc. Want to get all this work done, before I start on any free machine embroidery.
Here you can see my hollyhock design, which idea started off when I took photographs of the beautiful flowers in our garden last year.