Just like the rugs I make, these cushions are 100% sheep-friendly, no sheep are harmed in the process of making them. They are made from only felted wool which is then sewn onto a linen back.
To make these cushions I use up the left-over locks of wool from my rug making.
I’ve written a bit about the cushion making process here and you can see some photos of how I make them too. I really enjoy making them, they are a great way to use up every last bit of wool, but best of all, I love working with natural fibres and transforming “scraps” into something useful and lovely.
This cushion is made from Cheviot wool I had left after making rug a couple of weeks ago. It’s quite unusual because it’s brown (most Cheviots are white). Cheviots get their name from the Cheviot Hills in Northumberland and the Scottish Borders. As mentioned, they are mainly white woolled but occasionally a brown one pops up out of nowhere. This is probably a result of their Celtic ancestor – the “Scottish Dun Face” – a primitive sheep who were a range of colours; white, black, brown and dun. When the Romans arrived in the region bringing with them flocks of longer woolled, white sheep, it is believed that they bred their sheep with the Celtic Dun Face which produced a hardy, mostly white, long woolled sheep – the early ancestor of the Cheviot we know it today.
This cushion is very soft and cuddly, I really enjoyed making it and kept stopping to stroke the wool so it took me a while to make 🙂
The back of the cushion is 100% linen with a cute sheep motif. You will notice there are two buttons on the back. This allows you to remove the cover for washing, click here for washing tips:
Inside the cushion there’s an “inner” which I have stuffed with wool glorious wool! These are the bits that don’t make it onto the outside of the cushion. They are boiled, washed and sifted through for bits of grass and hay etc. I then add some drops of cedarwood essential oil to the stuffing as a moth repellent. Did you know that moths cannot abide cedarwood?
I think you’ll agree this cushion would look cute anywhere in the home and lend an air of rustic charm to whichever room you decide to place it in.
Please note, although I carefully wash and rinse the wool I use to make these cushions, you may still find tiny bits of hay/grass/seeds hiding away in the fibres.
Should you need to wash your cushion, the cover can be removed and gently soaked in warm water using a wool/silk detergent followed by a refreshing vinegar rinse to keep the pH happy. More detailed washing notes will be sent out with your cushion.