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. They are very soft and cuddly, just like our sheep in fact!
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 wool from a friend of ours who keeps lots of different types of sheep including Mules and Herdwicks. They have a smallholding not far from us and have a similar ethos to the way they do things. Like us, their sheep have names are tame and friendly.
To make this cushion I’ve used creamy coloured locks from a “Mule” fleece. Mules are fabulous little sheep, they are a cross between a hill sheep mum (Swaledale), and a lowland dad (Blue Faced Leicester), giving them the best traits of both. Both of these breeds produce beautiful wool, “Swalies” have long flowing locks, while BFL’s have thick and lustrous wool. The cushion I’ve made from this particular Mule is ultra soft with beautiful glamourous locks measuring between three and four inches.
The back of the cushion is 100% linen. You will notice there are two buttons on the back which allows you to remove the cover for washing.
Inside the cushion there’s an part which is stuffed with wool glorious wool! These are the bits that don’t make it onto the outside of the cushion. They are 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?
For more washing info please click here, but don’t worry too much as I also send out care notes with each rug or cushion I make.