Saturday, 19 February 2011

Retro Razzamatazz Cushion

FINISHED

In my last post I showed this as a wip, it didn't take me long to finish the few rows I had to do, so I put it all together last night.
I was a little worried when I chose the bright colours, but I love it! Being a cushion pattern from the Sixties/Seventies, I couldn't resist using these colours. I knew it would find a place in our blue & white Family Room, & I'm not known for being a beige girl lol.
Here's the other side-

The pattern is from  Golden Hands Vol 4 , my set is fairly old, 1970 I think, so it may be in a different volume in other editions. I can't put a copy here due to Aus copyright, but after a search I've found the same pattern online, it's an American version,
http://yarn-ing.blogspot.com.au/2010/03/razzamatazz-vintage-pillow-pattern.html

It's the same pattern as mine, but with American terminology, so if you live on my side of the creek, you'll be using dc (sc in US terms), a 4mm crochet hook & I used 8ply (dk) yarn.
I made my stripes a little different, and I added another 2 rows of aqua at the end, as I wanted the aqua to accentuate. I ended up stuffing mine with fibrefill instead of using a pillow insert, & I pulled the cushion in tightly in the centre before I sewed on the buttons.
My stripes were 6 lemon, 4 aqua, 4 purple, 4 pink, 2 lemon, 6 aqua, 4 purple, 4 pink, 4 lemon, & 6 aqua (2 extra rows), but it would look equally as stunning in any colour combo you love.
Really lots of fun & easy to make, & a great stashbuster,
Jen


37 comments:

  1. Love this.
    Great colours.
    Nice find.

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  2. That is completely awesome!! Oh dear... another pattern for the queue...

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  3. Thanks blackgecko, always happy to add more to your queue.

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  4. Love the look of this cushion - colours and stitch

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  5. Thanks Maria, I adore vintage crochet patterns, they just keep on giving! Jen.

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  6. Dear Jen,
    I think you havea wonderful site..and your ideas are so unique..I was wondering if youd be kind enough tosend me the pattern for Beachbabe or the Purple Belly dancer pattern.. Would really like to make an attempt add it..My email addy is strawberry4ever654@hotmail.com..
    I would like too wish you and your loved ones, A Merry Christmas and all the best ofr the year 2012
    Thanks for Sharing

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  7. Sexyminniemosue, thanks for your lovely comment. I haven't published the Beachbabe / Belly Dancer pattern yet, I'll let you know when I do. Hope you had a lovely Christmas as well - Jen.

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  8. Love it! I am doing pale colours for my little girls room :)

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    1. Send me a pic I'd love to see it when it's done - Jen.

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  9. I love this. Found you via The Crochet Crowd on FB. OMG!! I have a copy of Golden Hands vol 4!! Yay, now I can make one of these too. Wonderful colour inspriation!!!
    Deanne
    Sydney, Australia

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  10. Oh poopy. Its not in my copy. Now I have to find the pattern by following the link. Oh well lol. Thanks for sharing the link!! :)

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  11. Sorry Deanne I was itchin to share the pattern from my book, but can't because of our stricter copyright laws. If you have trouble getting it from the link, send me a private email sewcrazejen@yahoo.com.au

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  12. wonderful and great walk down memory lane - the colors are so beautiful

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    1. Thanks for leaving a comment Dolores - I appreciate it :-)

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  14. Hi! I love your version, how awesome to see that so many of us love this pattern! Take care and love your site!

    Sandra

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    1. Thanks Sandra, love your site as well, you must have noticed the extra traffic!
      I posted the cushion early last year actually, it's had a few page views from Ravelry in the past. Our copyright laws are different here, but I love my set of Golden Hands (mine has English Crochet Terms). It's good to see the old patterns live on - Jen.

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  15. Absolutely stunning! I am hooked on your cushion - pun intended LOL.

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  16. I absolutely love these Jen, do you sell them ???

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  17. LM2Cats - I've never considered selling them, I'm full up with work until Mother's Day (it's Tea Cosy season lol)but if you are interested pm me and we'll have a chat - Jen.

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  18. HI - have been watching your blog for a while now and am well and truly inspired (though I have never been that successful with ripples). I followed the link and managed to get a copy of the pattern BUt it says trim with a crocheted covered button (in a different section!). Any hints on how to cover a crochet button and what would be a good size button for this.

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    1. Hi I hope you have mastered your ripples. I think the key is to really concentrate on the pattern and get the foundation row right, from my experience - I've pulled out a few in my time from not concentrating lol. Yes sorry I had to refer to the pattern elsewhere, Australia has stricter copyright laws and I couldn't include it on my blog, but so wanted to share it, I love those cushions!
      To cover a button - briefly
      My buttons were approx 3.5cm in diameter, you need 2, front and back. If using 8ply/dk I use a 3.50 hook to keep the crochet quite tight.
      Make a magic loop (check youtube if you aren't sure) and do 8 dc into the loop (SC if USA) join and pull the magic loop tight and fasten off so there is no hole.
      Next round ...2dc in every dc, join.
      From now on every round is 1dc in each dc, join, and the cover will start turning in.
      You'll only need perhaps 4 or 5 rounds depending on your button.
      Try the button for size as you go, the cover should be quite stretched.
      The very last round - dc2tog around to bring it in, it might be a squeeze but you should be able to still get the button into the cover. Fasten off and gather around the edge and pull tight
      - the back of the button. You can place a little filling at the front of the button if you like, but I only usually do that for fabric ones.
      When I make the cushion I firstly pull in the centre tightly and sew that securely before I add the button.The button is only decorative.

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  19. I have just found your site with the retro razzamataz pin cushion. I absolutlely love it! It's these wildly bright colors that caught my eye. But, I cannot find the directions!!! Where are they? Please direct me. Thanks, and have a happy holiday. Anonymous

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    1. Hi there, it's actually a full size cushion,not a pin cushion :-). The link to the pattern is in Pink text in the post above. Because of Australian copyright laws I can't put it up here, it's from the 1970's and still protected here. But I have found it published on another blog here's the link again :-)
      http://yarn-ing.blogspot.com.au/2010/03/razzamatazz-vintage-pillow-pattern.html

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  20. Alright! Loving the Retro Razzamataz Cushion. My grandmother did something similar but with more earth tones, or leftovers from afghans, mittens, socks, etc. Then, she would cover the buttons for top and bottom, which I never learned.

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  21. New to this sight the bright colored tea cozies caught my eye. Then, the Razzamatazz pillow - a bright and cheery variation of what my grandmother taught me. Hers were more earth tones - often stash from afghans, sweaters, mittens, socks, slippers... Can you tell me how to cover the buttons?

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    1. Hi there, yes, my Grandmother had one too, all in earth tones just as you said. I don't think bright colours were "in" back then, but isn't it funny back in the 50's they had pink kitchens etc.
      Someone else just asked me about the buttons a couple of messages prior to yours - here I'll paste what I wrote here..... hope it helps
      To cover a button - briefly
      My buttons were approx 3.5cm in diameter, you need 2, one front and back. If using 8ply/dk
      I use a 3.50 hook to keep the crochet quite tight.
      Make a magic loop (check youtube if you aren't sure) and do 8 dc into the loop (SC if USA) join and pull the magic loop tight and fasten off so there is no hole.
      Next round ...2dc in every dc, join.
      From now on every round is 1dc in each dc, join, and the cover will start turning in.
      You'll only need perhaps 4 or 5 rounds depending on your button.
      Try the button for size as you go, the cover should be quite stretched.
      The very last round - dc2tog around to bring it in, it might be a squeeze but you should be able to still get the button into the cover. Fasten off and gather around the edge and pull tight
      - the back of the button. You can place a little filling at the front of the button if you like, but I only usually do that for fabric ones.
      When I make the cushion I firstly pull in the centre tightly and sew that securely before I add the button.The button is only decorative.

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  22. my mum had golden hands. got bored 1 day at 16 yrs old and taught myself how to crochet.

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    1. You must have been very creative to begin with :-). I love my Golden Hands, I had a few of my Mum's as well, but I was lucky to get a complete set a few years ago. So retro, reminds me of being a teenager back then too.

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  23. Hello Jenny, it`s been al long time ago we had blogging contact. My blog was Mieksthreads, but now i have an other one. I finely made the ripple pillow and put it on my blog with a link to this page. Now the ripple teacosy ;-)
    greetings from Holland,
    Miek

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    1. Hi Miek, it's been quite a while, how are you? I don't get here much these days but send me the link to your new blog and I'll come visit :-).

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I love reading your comments, and I'm very happy to help you with any questions about my patterns. The comments are moderated only to stop spam mail coming through, so your comment will be published as soon as I get a chance to check them - thanks Jen.