Sunday, September 16, 2007

From Dishtowel to Cushion

Well, I couldn't stand it anymore. My blog template was driving me nuts by randomly omitting the template graphics and spontaneously reformatting itself. So I started with a brand new template, tweaked it and customized it. I don't know what it looks like on anyone else's computer, but at the moment it looks okay on mine. Of course web browsers are notorious for interpreting html codes anyway they feel like. Blogger recommends Firefox, which I've used for years. However, if anything looks off center or otherwise odd, please let me know.

Anyway, remember these Summer & Winter dishtowels? One of them had a treadling error in it. This would have been fine for a dishtowel for me, but I happened to find some 12 by 16 inch pillow inserts at the craft store and thought that some of the dishtowels might make nice cushion fronts. So I made this:

Cushion cover from handwoven summer & winter fabric.The colors always struck me as being better suited to upholstery anyway. It was woven with 8/2's unmercerized cotton, and so made a nice, sturdy fabric. The back is a commercial navy blue fabric.

The only thing I wasn't happy with was the corners. The commercial pillow form's own stuffing wanted to stay bunched in the center of the pillow rather than fill out to the corners. Oh well. Maybe next time I'll use loose polyfil and stuff it myself.

Related Posts:
Summer & Winter: 2nd Dishtowels
Summer & Winter: Experimenting with Multicolored Warp
"Fiber in the Mountains" Show


Unknown said...

Hi there!
Yes, when you design web pages you have to be mindful of the browsers that people may be using.
Although flash intros are exciting, many consumers have difficulty properly viewing them on their home PC's.
That's why it's a good idea to have a "skip the intro" option just in case.
Good luck.
The site looks fine this end.

Sheepish Annie said...

This template looks fine on my IE browser. I often am startled when I see my blog on Firefox and it's all rearranged...

Love the idea of a cushion from the towels! That is a great way to use the fabric.

Sue said...

Great cushion! The colors look great with that chair.

I'm on Firefox, and the new template looks fine on my 'puter. Love the header image.......

Bonnie said...

The blog looks great and so does the cushion!

Anonymous said...

The format looks fine in Safari and the cushion looks fine in that chair!

Susan B. said...

All looks fine at this end (Firefox here). I love the header!
And the cushion looks great - great adaptation!

Anonymous said...

Looking very smart! I love the little logo you are using with your section headings. Is he felted?

Leigh said...

Thank you all so much for the feedback. I think I can finally breathe a sigh of relief, though my fingers will remain crossed that everything stays put and that nothing disappears.

Cally, the little sheep logo is actually knitted. I cropped him from a photo of my Rare Breed Sweater. Now that the weather is cooler, I feel inspired to finish the sweater's front and neck bands so that I can wear it this fall. So hopefully you will be seeing the finished version on my blog soon.

Marie said...

The pillow is wonderful! I usually have to stuff the corners to fill the pillow cover. Blog looks good to me.

bspinner said...

Blog looks good at this end. Pillow is great!! I'm inspired to dig out my left over hand woven fabric and make some myself. Not a bad idea for Christmas presents.

Dorothy said...

Your blog is looking good in Konqueror! I like the new little sheep logo, I recognise it from your rare breeds sweater.

Willington Weaver said...

Hi Leigh

love the new style site.

Your cushions are stunning, just love the colours, which look really good with the blue/navy cushion.


Anonymous said...

I just had a quick peek at your sweater post and all I can say is "Wow"!