During our planning stage M (winner of Mobius print design award) told me not to be shocked at her choice of backing fabric. She said when I saw the tapestry I would wonder why she had chosen home counties floral to back such an edgy design but it had special significance to S-T-B-F-A and her. It was the last scrap of fabric left over from M's granny's sofa cover. Many years ago M's Granny had had a terrible fire at her house and a lot of her possessions that had reminders of childhood, growing up and visits to Granny were lost. This scrap of fabric had lain in a chest at S-T-B-F-A's house for years.
When the packet from M arrived in the post, I saw what she meant! I took a long look at the fabric and the embroidery and thought hard. It would have been fairly straight forward to make up a simple back for the cushion but more interesting to link them in some way. The only link immediately apparent was a single shade of dark red, which I could use for the cording around the edge
The silver stitching behind the word LOVE gave me an idea.
I love dramatic linings and backings the fact that they are hidden a lot of the time adds to their allure. Having cut out the main backing I chose one flower from the scraps and machine bound the edge in silver
Cut out the shape and stitched it, by the center only, over a similar flower on the backing itself
Then I posted it back to M. I posted it on 12 January, by 17th it still had not arrived, nor 18th or, 25th. On 3 Feb I checked with the post office to see if there was still a backlog from Christmas (vain hope). M and I both sent off lost parcel forms to Belfast (postal never-never land). There was not enough space for all my pleas to the PO to have a very thorough look, so I wrote all around the margin of the form as well. The PO sent me a nice letter and a book of first class stamps but no hope.
Then on 18 Feb M arrived home from work to find this on her door step
M gave her mother the birthday cushion at lunch very soon afterwards
S-T-B-F-A writes in a shepherd hut in her Cotswold garden and this is where, after all its adventures the cushion resides.
I asked M if she would like me to stitch initials or a date on the back of the cushion, she asked for MLM 08.01.11. I used M's own handwriting style by creating a transfer from photocopying and enlarging her note included in the original parcel
I didn't really give the initials a lot of thought, I don't know M's middle names, but later her mother explained it stands for Miranda Loves Mummy or Mummy Loves Miranda, secret code from M's childhood.
All's well that ends well
P.S. S-T-B-F-A is a bit of a mouthful but after this I think I shall be able to refer to her as the Famous Author - bravo!