Domestitchery – Classy Cushions

Domestitchery is where we take a look at how talented people make ordinary domestic items extraordinary through creative needlework.

It’s always satisfying to find home accessories decorated with needlework, but it’s a downright thrill when these pieces are also sophisticated domestic accents.

Bridget Davies‘s work tickles me. It’s a bit humorous, without being at all goofy.

Her take on the chandelier motif reminds me a bit of Edward Gorey and combined with the sharp blue stripes it makes a gender-neutral piece.

It’s rare to find whimsy that’s not at all child-ish, maybe especially in needlework cushions.

Tara Badcock has a gift for whimsy, all grown up. Her detail work is astonishing.

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It’s so refreshing to find things that are lush, without being ostentatious; quirky without being odd or awkward.

Now if only I could imagine and create such wonders.

TheMistressT is a scumbler and plastrix by day and a craft dabbler by night. Her mottoes include “any excuse for a costume” and “there’s no such thing as too much carpincho.”

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  • Wow! Tara Badcock is my new inspiration! If I can create something half as gorgeous as that, I can die happy.

  • Wow. I always love the features you do here, but this one is beyond beautiful to me. She has done an incredible job with the relationships between the different spaces (using the patterns on the fabric and the boundaries of the fabric itself).

    Thanks so much for these!

  • Here’s another post featuring Tara Badcock: .

    Not only is she an amazing artist, she’s a gracious and generous email correspondent whenever I drop her a line to let her know we’re going to feature her work. I want to travel to Autrailia just so I can see some of hers in a shop and say “Is this a Tara Badcock?” Also, she has a baby this week! Welcome to the world, little one!

    I just discovered Bridget Davies and wow! – she’s a multi-media extravaganza! Her flickr stream is something to pour over and also a lovely email correspondant when approached by a stranger wanting to blog about her stuff on the internet.