A custom that’s gained popularity in recent decades is that of having a ring bearer at a wedding – a page boy who carries a little cushion to which the wedding rings are tied. Sometimes the real ones are used, or at other weddings imitation ones are attached to the cushion – a good idea if the cushion is being carried by a very small boy who might lose the rings! Designer Amanda Jones has created this charming little cushion for use at any wedding ceremony. It would also make a pretty gift for a pair of newlyweds, and could be handed down for their children and grandchildren to use at their own weddings.
The yarn Amanda has knitted the cushion in is Patons Smoothie; as the name suggests it’s a really smooth yarn with a very soft handle. It feels a lot like cotton but is actually pure acrylic. “Patons Smoothie is ideal as it gives good stitch definition and also it is quite dense, so it will hold its shape,” says Amanda. You could use a silk or cotton yarn if you prefer, but a synthetic fibre like this is a brilliant choice if you’re making an heirloom as it won’t go yellow over time, nor will it get brittle with age, and the moths won’t eat it either! Amanda has used some vintage lace around the edge of the cushion, but you can use any sort of lace you like. If you can get some lace to match that on the bride’s dress, it would make a really personal addition to the cushion. However, if she’s buying her dress ready-made, or opting for a lace-free frock, Amanda has some tips for choosing just the right edging: “If you can find a lace that is already gathered it will be easier to make up,” she explains.