pico x four hands studio

Two sisters, four hands.

Four Hands studio is a labour of love. It is a collaborative project between myself and the women behind Four Hands studio, who are none other than my mother, Stella and her sister (and my favorite aunt) Helen. They are avid cross-stitchers and first started out in embroidery when they were in kindergarten as part of their school work.

You can see my mamma sat on a footstool and my auntie behind the Christmas tree in the picture below -peep the hand embroidered pillow at the back made by my grandma circa the 1960s.  

four hands studio embroidery vintage 1960s

They always make the most stunning items for our home, it was only a matter of time until I asked them if they would like to work together on a small collection of hand embroidered cushions to be sold exclusively on picothestore.com.

We kicked things off in February 2018 when we ventured to our local thread shop and picked any colours that caught our eye. For reference, this is what a trip to the thread shop looks like for us:

four hands studio embroidery dmc threads

After picking out the colours and deciding on the embroidery designs, it was time to get started on transforming threads and fabric into cushions! Each cushion consists of a fully embroidered front panel matched back with some gorgeous vintage deadstock fabrics I sourced on a trip to Athens.

This is the Charlotte cushion in the making.

Floral cross stitch

These beauties can take up to a 40 hours to be made as each of the crosses you see is hand stitched onto the soft cotton aida fabric. On top of that, each cushion is limited edition by nature as we can only produce a certain amount!

This is the start of the Clematis cushion.

The first few stitches on the James cushion.

My role is to take the embroidered panels and make them into cushions. By chance I scored an old industrial machine last year and was itching to find a project to use it. 

Above: the Electra cushion being made in our sturdy vintage industrial machine.

It has been such a creative process, I have loved every second of it and needless to say that I'm immensely proud of our work.

If you wish to keep up with four hands studio, follow the dedicated Instagram account, here.

Shop our collection of colourful cushions here