A friend and I decided to make a trade last year.
Back in the 1980s I had stitched some bargello cushion covers. They had been rolled up in storage since then as I don’t sew much – in the too hard basket! I brought them to the craft group for a display and Nic said she’d be happy to turn them into cushions for me.
On the same day I was sharing a new knitting book I had and Nic saw a hat in she she loved, but she doesn’t knit at all. One of the other crafty ladies suggested a trade – a hat for the cushions. A barter was born!
We both had other projects on the go so there was no pressure. I ordered the wool from Blue Sky Alpacas and started knitting, Nic started to think about what colours would work best with the tapestries.
Last weekend we had an Open Day exhibition. Nic decided to get the cushions ready to go into the display and surprised me with them on Tuesday. I knew I had to pull my finger out and finish that hat – which I did for Sunday, the Open Day.
Here are the cushions with their covers…
There were two other cushions I made. This is one of them. The last one is in 1970s oranges and browns (it was a kit I was given) – I have donated that one to the group to sell on one of the craft stalls. Its amazing to think those colours are popular again now.
And here is the hat (with a very happy Nicole modelling it for me)…
This is one of the best things about belonging to a community art and craft group. Everyone is willing to share their time and experience to help each other. We’ve both ended up with something beautiful and handmade that we couldn’t have done for ourselves.