It has taken me a long time to finish this tapestry cushion. I finished stitching it nearly a year ago. Since then I have tried to decide on a suitable fabric for the backing. In the end I went for a piece in my store - bought as a remnant in John Lewis more than 20 years ago. I like the backing to be similar in colour to the front of the cushion.
Then it was a question of cushion pad. Being rectangular it is of course a non-standard size so it is not possible to buy one the right size. I worked out the sizes of two I needed. I usually use down pads, but the thought of opening them up and having down all over the room made me think again, so I used polyester filling. I sewed a new cover from a pillow case, opened up the two new pads and stuffed the new one. I don't think I put enough in the corners because they form points. If I wanted to redo it I would have to undo the seam, so I won't. I hope the stuffing will settle with use. If the tapestry looks uneven and the backing creased it is because I washed bothe before sewing them together. They have both been around for a long time.
I enjoyed stitching this very much. In places the shades were very similar, so I was glad there was a chart I could refer to. I think I like doing these because it means handling wool, because I like seeing the design take shape and because it is fairly mindless work. You don't need to think while you do it.
Now I have the next cushion to do a backing for. This is a standard size so I will be able to buy a pad.