If you’re thinking about making your home all lovely and cosy ready for those chilly winter nights then knitted cushions are a must. Joy Bates, the talented designer and owner behind Seven Gauge Studios, has made a stunning collection of mid century modern patterned designs. These are produced using the softest lambswool so you’ll enjoy pressing your face right up against your plump cushion as you relax on the sofa with the fire roaring away in the background. Let’s take a look at the knitted cushions from Joy’s collection.
Pattern and Colour Layers
Knitted cushions – pattern combination ideas
Aside from being legendary for creating knitted products for the home, Joy is also renowned for combining mid century modern patterns with strong, bold colours. Although her patterns are different they do work well together as does her punchy palette. So you can sprinkle an assortment of these adorable cushions on your sofa and you’ll be totally satisfied with the result!
Colourful Pattern Assortment
If you’re not confident about mixing patterns then here are some photographs which will demonstrate how amazing they look grouped together. Let’s start with blue coloured cushions which work well to accessorise blue, grey or mustard sofas. Starting at the top is the Alpine pattern in Oatmeal and Diesel. In the middle is the Metro pattern which is available in Seal and Diesel. At the bottom is Spot in Oatmeal and Diesel.
Alpine, Metro and Spot Patterns
If you prefer a red colour palette you’ll notice that once again clashing patterns can be surprisingly refreshing. Here is the Alpine pattern in Diesel and Inferno. In the middle is Metro in Inferno and Seal. At the bottom is Lolli in Inferno and Diesel.
Alpine, Metro and Lolli Patterns
For an orange and yellow combination I love the way these colours and patterns complement each other. At the top is the Lolli pattern in Oatmeal and Goldfish. Next is the Geo in Pamplemousse and Seal. At the bottom is Spot in Oatmeal and Goldfish.
Lolli, Geo and Spot Patterns
See, I told you there was nothing to worry about; mix, match and enjoy! The cushions come in a square size which measures 40cm x 40cm for £65 and oblong which is 45cm x 30cm for £60. The envelope closures come in a contrasting colour trim. Inside you’ll find a duck feather pad which is nice and soft.
Knitted cushions – about the designer
Joy Bates was taught how to knit by her mum and when her dad bought her a knitting machine, there was no stopping her! She started off knitting sweaters which she sold to the likes of Paul Smith. Then she designed knitted fabric for Donna Karan, Calvin Klein and many other famous fashion names. Her business started in 2010 and she now makes knitted cushions, throws, scarves and hot water bottles plus tea towels (which aren’t knitted!). She named her company ‘Seven Gauge Studios’ after the technical knitting term meaning seven needles to the inch on a knitting machine – which shows just what a total knitting geek she is! All of the products are made by Joy at her studio in Nottingham and with the help of a small family run Midlands factory.
Knitted cushions – where to buy
You can buy these cushions from Joy’s website www.sevengaugestudios.com or from her shop at notonthehighstreet.com. Joy also makes knitted hot water bottles £45, knitted blankets £225, knitted scarves £50 and cotton tea towels £15.
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Seven Gauge Studios. Thanks: Joy Bates. Disclosure: This feature includes the following affiliate partners – notonthehighstreet.com (if you click through from my website and purchase items from the affiliates I will earn a small commission).