maps, maps, maps

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We have a bit of an obsession with maps in our household.  We both did degrees in Geography followed by a masters in Geographical Information Systems so maps are a big part of what we do.  We have a number of framed maps hung on our walls along with various other map themed objects.  And, of course, whenever I see map fabric I really struggle to not buy some.

My latest map fabric purchase was bought in a fabric shop we stumbled across whilst staying in Kumamoto on a recent visit to Japan and is a half metre piece of heavyweight cotton with a Japanese style map on it:

Japanese map fabric from Kumamoto, Japan
Japanese map fabric from Kumamoto, Japan. © 2015 Jennifer Richardson

I haven’t decided what to use this bit of fabric for yet, but it will most likely be turned into a cushion cover as much of my other map fabric has been!

I made these cushions as a present for my younger brother and his fiancé who live in London using fabric I bought on Leicester market:

London map cushions. © 2015 Jennifer Richardson
London map cushions. © 2015 Jennifer Richardson

These cushions were a house warming present for a friend who is a fellow map fan:

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Map cushions. © 2015 Jennifer Richardson

I also used some of the map fabric to redo the cushion pads on our dining room chairs:

Map seat cushion. © 2015 Jennifer Richardson
Map seat cushion. © 2015 Jennifer Richardson

But by far my most favourite map themed project to date was to get some map fabric custom printed.  I came across Fingerprint (http://www.fingerprintfabric.com/) at a craft show at the NEC in Birmingham a while ago.  What attracted me to their stand were the squares of map fabric printed using images from old atlases.  I just couldn’t walk past that stand without taking a look and of course ended up buying a few squares which I made into cushion covers as a present for my older brother:

World map cushions. © 2015 Jennifer Richardson
World map cushions. © 2015 Jennifer Richardson
London map cushions. © 2015 Jennifer Richardson
London map cushions. © 2015 Jennifer Richardson

Whilst at the stand I ended up chatting to Laura Kemshall’s mum who told me about the custom printing.  Once I knew what I wanted, I contacted Laura and sent through my images.  Laura was really lovely to communicate with and I was absolutely delighted with my fabric when it arrived.  I had a half metre printed, which had 3 map squares on that I had lined up to make (yes, you guessed it) more cushion covers.  These were going to be special cushion covers though as my plan was to freehand embroider over some of the line work such as contours, rivers, main roads and stands of trees.  One of the cushions I then gave as a wedding present and the others (though I still haven’t finished the 3rd) were for my Mum for her 60th.  I was over-the-moon with the final result.  And I keep meaning to get more map fabric custom printed by Fingerprint!

Please note that if you are thinking about having any fabric custom printed then you need to make sure that any images you use are out of copyright.

Custom printed map cushion. © 2015 Jennifer Richardson
Custom printed map cushion. © 2015 Jennifer Richardson
Freehand machine embroidered roads. © 2015 Jennifer Richardson
Freehand machine embroidered roads. © 2015 Jennifer Richardson
Freehand machine embroidered contours. © 2015 Jennifer Richardson
Freehand machine embroidered contours. © 2015 Jennifer Richardson
Freehand machine embroidered contours. © 2015 Jennifer Richardson
Freehand machine embroidered contours. © 2015 Jennifer Richardson
Freehand machine embroidered trees. © 2015 Jennifer Richardson
Freehand machine embroidered trees. © 2015 Jennifer Richardson
Freehand machine embroidered lake. © 2015 Jennifer Richardson
Freehand machine embroidered lake. © 2015 Jennifer Richardson
Freehand machine embroidered lake. © 2015 Jennifer Richardson
Freehand machine embroidered lake. © 2015 Jennifer Richardson
Freehand machine embroidered lake. © 2015 Jennifer Richardson
Freehand machine embroidered lake. © 2015 Jennifer Richardson

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