getting stuffed

I seem to be making a lot of cushions lately so I needed to get my hands on a lot of stuffing. My friend Suzette orders her unicurl stuffing from the wholesalers and they deliver directly to her house. I asked her to order some for me; she said “Sure, how much do you want? It comes in 20 kilogram bags”; I said that sounded just fine. Yesterday I drove to her house in Durbanville to pick it up.

Luckily I drive a Hyundai Tucson. It can fit in a LOT of stuff, but even my poor Teddy (the car’s name) got quite a shock at the size of the bag.


The pic below doesn’t really do it justice. It took three of us to squeeze and force and wodge it into the car, whereupon it immediately reshaped itself and bits of unicurl started coming out of a small hole on one side. That stuff is nasty, man, and it has a life of its own. The pressure on the stuffing inside the bag forced more and more out through the hole; it was like being in a confined space with an alien form of very fast-growing fungus that attached itself in clumps to the nearest object. Which, at the time, was me.

It was unpleasant: I couldn’t see out of the rear window at all, and couldn’t listen to music because I didn’t want to be distracted. It’s dodgy enough, these days, on Cape Town’s highways with the way people drive … I couldn’t get it out of the car on my own, either, so had to wait for Peter to come today. It is over 2 metres in height, and the circumference is 3 metres.



a close-up of the foul stuff

Anyway, now I have now taped closed the holes (we managed to make a few more as we dragged it through the house to the back patio) and have been decanting it into smaller bags for easier storage. I also stuffed these:

red 1

three knitted/crochet cushions in various shades of red and purple. I made them years and years ago, and they fell out of a box the other day when I was looking for something else. I figured I could take them to the market (Made in the Cape, starts tomorrow for four days at Cavendish Square fyi), and use them to add some colour to my display, if nothing else.



23 thoughts on “getting stuffed

  1. katechiconi

    Sounds as if the stuff is nearly as pernicious as polystyrene granules… But those cushions are wonderful, and should certainly inject some colour and pizzazz.

      1. katechiconi

        Sorry… I was just returning the favour! I think this stuff must be better, though – at least it doesn’t roll away by itself and hide in corners and under furniture. Or does it?

  2. The Snail of Happiness

    I had visions of you opening the window and leaving clouds of the stuff(ing) in your wake! Still, I guess you won’t need to buy any more for quite some time. And next time, perhaps you can get it delivered direct to your house!

  3. Robin

    Good golly, Miss Molly, that stuff looks to be a right nightmare. Glad you got it all sorted, though I would certainly agree with the suggestion that you have it delivered to your house next time so you don’t have to mess with all that hullabaloo. Beautiful pillows, though! I think they’ll definitely add a lovely spice of color to your displays.

  4. AJ

    Wow that is a lot of stuffing! Glad I didn’t have to deal with it and at least you won’t have to order more for a while:)


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