As I was wandering round blogland the other day, I came across this delightful blog : http://www.sewingdaisies.com.au/sewing_daisies/. Heidi has such a modern take on crochet.
Maybe you can get someone to teach you how to crochet - unfortunately I am too far away - it's very relaxing and it makes up so quickly - instant gratification!!
PS. Have a look at the "Ethel" cushion