Australia Day cushions from Hunted and Stuffed

Posted on January 12, 2012 in Textiles

It’s Australia Day soon and I wanted to share with you some covers that I’ve made with Australia in mind.
As I source my vintage pieces, I’m sometimes attracted by themes I’m currently hunting for or sometimes just the striking designs I come across really catch my eye. Either way I seem to have acquired a mini collection of Australiana along the way.

Some of these are no longer available but I thought I’d share with you anyway.

The first Australia cover I made was this one using two vintage silk scarves sewn together with a zip fastening. I found the Koala scarf first and loved it’s kitschness then when I saw the Aboriginal Dot Painting scarf with similar colours I knew I’d found a match.

(Sold out)

Sometimes natural pairs seem to emerge and this is another example of two concurrent vintage finds that seemed made for each other. These are vintage tea towels, on one side the flag and on the other a ten dollar bill. As these came up a bit smaller than usual, I stuffed it myself as it wouldn’t fit a standard pillow. (Sold)

I loved this one, now gone to a new owner! The colours are much more vibrant than depicted here. I loved the underwater creatures which reminded me of my time working at sea on the Great Barrier Reef ages ago. The calendar from 1971 made a great 40th birthday gift too.

This is one of my current favourite finds. I’m always amazed when I come across vintage textiles from the 50’s or earlier that look like new. With the London Olympics coming this year and on our radar, this one was asking to be transformed.

(Now sold)

Lastly, this one I found on a cold grey winters day and it just made me smile. It’s got lots of things about it which tick my boxes: bright, crisp colours, maps, great retro illustrations and a fun quirkiness too – world’s biggest trout anyone??!!

(Now sold)

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