I’ve had a lot of traffic in recent days from people looking for the Emily Peacock Hug cushion, and for various bits of information about the said Hug (or Kiss) cushion. No doubt this is thanks to it featuring on a recent episode of Kirstie’s Handmade Home. I thought I’d do a quick post about the materials you need to make these cushions and my experiences of doing so.
The first thing I’d say is that this isn’t really a good first time cross stich pattern to try. It’s not that it’s difficult it’s just very big and I think it’s the kind of thing that will get boring unless you’re incredibly commited or a big fan of cross stitch. Emily wasn’t joking when she told Kirstie this project will take you about a year. I think it took me six months and I’ve done a lot of cross stich before.
A better beginners project would be one of Emily Peacock’s Curious Alphabet cushions. There are large sections of colour that will be a lot easier for a beginner to get to grips with, and it’s a smaller project generally so will be quicker.
Emily Peacock kits aren’t cheap but the designs are modern beautiful and the instructions are very clear. If you can get hold of a pattern (I know that issue 221, November 09, of Cross Stitcher magazine gave away a free Hug pattern so you might be able to pick it up on ebay, or by advertising in the magazine) then you can save quite a bit of money by buying the materials seperately.
The materials you’ll need to make a Hug or Kiss cushion are easily found on the internet. The kits use Appleton’s tapestry wool which is about £2.50 a hank, just google Appleton tapestry wool and you’ll find several suppliers. You’ll need red, yellow, orange, brown, light blue, darker blue, light pink, bright pink, brown, green, lilac and white. You’ll need quite a lot of white so it’s worth buying two hanks.
The cushion is stitched on Zweigart canvas, with 7 holes per inch. Again if you use google and search on Zweigart canvas you should find several retailers selling it. If you’re unsure if the product they’re selling is the thing you need then give them a call – in my experience sewing shops are incredibly helpful. You’ll need about one metre by 40 cm of the fabric to make the larger cushion I made. I’d buy a little more just to give yourself some room for error when sewing up.
Although buying everything seperatly can save you money, if you can’t get hold of a pattern legally I’d really recommend buying the kit. I really enjoyed making the cushion and the results look stunning and bring a smile to my face every day. My kit was bought from Cloth Kits, sign up to their emails, they often have discount and money off days.
P.S. If you’ve never made a cushion before then I’d recommend asking someone who has made one to help you out. Sewing with the canvas is a little tricky…not least because you’re constantly worried about screwing it up and damaging your cross stitch!
You can read more about my experience of making the Hug Cushion by using the search tool and tryping in ‘Hug’.