Projects re-united

Suzie Blackman
Wednesday, 30 January 2013

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A couple of weeks ago I went to visit some friends in Cornwall, and spotted a cushion I’d made for them some years ago. As someone who loves to give handmade gifts, it’s odd to think about the number of my creations that are out there, and easy to forget about them. This one was a particularly welcome reminder because I’m still really¬†pleased¬†with the finished article.

Corduroy patchwork cushion

Large corduroy patchwork cushion

I used to do a lot of machine patchwork – I like rectangles and thicker fabrics. Here I’ve used different weights of corduroy in four colours. I was inspired by the abstract look of CRT screens close up. I have two cushions on my sofa from the same era, made up of brightly coloured corduroy squares in a regular sequence, but there’s something really eye-catching about the random pattern of long rectangles and the unusual colour combination.

And speaking of colours, Cornish beaches are amazing any time of year…

January north Cornwall sunset

January north Cornwall sunset

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Suzie Blackman

The dyer, designer, photographer, creative technologist and maker-of-things behind It's a Stitch Up. She lives in East London in a home filled with colour, fluff and house plants.

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