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 cotton or 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.
To make this cushion I rooted about in my big bag of left overs and decided to make a marble affect cushion using mostly cream and grey locks with a few beigey-brown ones. The fleece comes from some of our older ewes, mostly Sky, Sparkle and Bluemli, and I selected the softest of locks I could and then brushed them out making this cushion extra cuddly.
The back of the cushion is 100% linen with a 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 part 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 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 natural moth repellent. Did you know that moths cannot abide cedarwood?
The cushion measures approx 17 inches x 18 inches including locks, (locks measure roughly 2 inches).
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.
I love the way that by making cushions (and rugs), the same sheep can provide cushions and rugs year after year. Best of all, the proceeds from the things I make from their wool goes straight back to the sheep to buy their hay, straw, sheep nuts, mineral licks … all those things that sheep need to be happy. These days our little flock is pretty much sustainable and we can keep them until they die naturally of old age because as long as they’re chomping away on the pastures they will keep on producing wool 😊
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