Or not, as the case may be…
My medieval chair is really quite uncomfortable, specially when I’m sitting on it for long periods of time doing embroidery. The cushion I made last year was plain and boring, so I decided I needed a prettier one.
Applique laid out and tacked ready to sew. I’m using the lower left panel from the Tristram wallhanging in the V and A, with two minor changes.
The first change as that in the original the knight has a sword hilt sticking jauntily out from his crotch, and quite frankly it looks like he’s sporting an enormous erection. Now I can’t for the life of me think that any right minded dragon fighting professional would ride out gesturing as though he was going to pat a dragon on the head whilst waving his, erm, enthusiasm in the face of the enemy.
I mean, I can imagine a quite considerable number of World of Warcraft players would certainly get a bit of a stiffy if they saw a real live dragon, but not a well trained medieval knight.
And I really don’t think there could have been that many ye olde interwebs dating sites that had ads reading “Handsome knight, GSOH, WLTM fire breathing reptile for fun frolics and possible kink”
Or maybe there were?
Anyway, I didn’t want to be sitting on that sort of filth. Not in public, anyway.
THis actually took me longer to sew than I’d originally anticipated – three days instead of two (Am on holiday and had resolved to do lots of fun quick things as a break from big projects, hence the recent machine made stuff), mainly because the strips of gilded leather are surprisingly tricky to manipulate, specially on the corners. I did try slicing them partially through to make them bend better without twisting, but that mostly seemed to end with me slicing them all the way through by accident, so I went back to bending them carefully.
The strips, btw, are a little wobbly as I cut them all by hand. I did consult John about using his strap cutter, but he said they don’t work well in thin leather, and are a bit useless for thonging anyway. Cutting the leather was the really boring bit.
The Leather was all sewn down with the same white linen thread.
I still haven’t decided whether I like the effect or not, and I’m not sure how well it will prove to wear as a cushion, but we’ll see.
ANd the second change? Well, if you blow the piccy up you may notice that our brave knight is wearing lippy, blusher, and pale green eyeshadow. This has been nicknamed the Grayson perry cushion cos Gareth and I both decided the knight looks like Grayson in his tranny gear, so I thought, “What the hell…”