I love reading/collecting craft books. I have a collection now and every now and then when there is a moment to spare I go through one of them planning what project I should take up next. One of the books ‘Folk Art Needlecraft by Clare Youngs’ got me thinking about the use of folk art designs in interior décor in everyday objects like cushions and rugs……..and so this post!!
The hand design or Hamsa is a universal symbol of protection and has been used in design and décor like the Hamsa Hand Pillow seen here….. http://www.pinterest.com
The bird image is a really popular motif in folk art designs as seen in these pretty cushions….. roddyandginger.bigcartel.com
Stunning collection of cushions featuring Shipibo embroidery which originates in the Peruvian Amazon…. insideproperty.com
Sashiko is a form of decorative stitching which originates in Japan…. fabrictales.com
Shasiko embroidered cushions……elegant and graceful!! athreadedneedle.com
Another elegant hand embroidered cushion inspired by peacocks… prismma.in
Applique chicken cushion, these are so cute would be ideal for a country-style living http://www.bhs.co.uk
I really think that when we buy a cushion or any other home accessory that is hand crafted, we are in a way contributing to keeping that craft alive. I am a strong believer in supporting folk art and design. I hope this post has inspired you to pick up something which is hand embroidered/crafted the next time you are out shopping for your home.