Just finished the wedding ring cushion for my sister and future husband. It is made of three layers of felted merino with silk noil  and silk hankies, silk gauze fabric, strips of silk chiffon and cotton muslin as decoration. I used the green and gold silks for the Kerry colours for Juliette and the red merino with sparkly angelina fibres for Denis for the Cork colours. I felted a flat piece in roughly a square shape, intentionally making a piece bigger than I needed so I could cut my favourite piece out.  When firmly felted, I used a piece of recycled satin scarf cut to size for the back as the template for the felted piece.  Before stuffing and sewing up I tried a few sample machine embroidery stitches on the excess felt. I picked a flower stitch that seemed able to follow curves without the need to make the machine ready for free machining (which involves removing some bits and adding other – and I just don’t have the patience for that fiddling about!!!). I then used a fade away pen and drew some heart shapes around the muslin which had created the best surface texture of all the additions. I then followed the pen line with the machine embroidery stitch. Finally I pinned and stitched the satin to the felt leaving about two inches not sewed, turned it right side around and stuffed the cushion with some cushion filling that a friend had given me a couple of weeks ago. I then hand stitched it completely closed and added a lovely light gold organza ribbon in the centre for tying the rings.  I am so pleased with the end result and again I learned a lot. I would love to make more of these as well but am racking my brains trying to find an excuse!! Otherwise I will end up with loads of lovely small cushions all over the house!

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