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How to Make an Embroidered Pillow

comments (4) August 11th, 2010     

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Berry Border Pillow
Embroidery Companion by Alicia Paulson
Berry Border Pillow

Berry Border Pillow

Photo: Potter Craft

Alicia Paulson is the amazingly talented author of Embroidery Companion and the Posie Gets Cozy blog. Here we highlight the Berry Border Pillow project from her book.

If you're just learning to do counted cross stitch (or teaching someone, for that matter), gingham's obvious grid offers built-in ease. Available in various sizes of checks the 1/8-inch size (with eight squares per inch) is perfect for beginners who aren't yet comfortable stitching on something unmarked like linen, where counting threads takes a bit of practice. This cheerful design, done in primary colors on a dusty-pink gingham background, incorporates a classic "strawberry" border and Alicia's own little sunflower-and-hearts motif. She also included an inner border of blueberries to really increase the summery, sunshine-y feel of it all.

For complete instructions, download the pdf book excerpt.  

Reprinted from the book Embroidery Companion by Alicia Paulson.  Photographs copyright © 2010 by Alicia Paulson.  Published by Potter Craft, a division of Random House, Inc.

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Comments (4)

Kamisah writes: i wish to do it one is beautiful
Posted: 9:14 am on November 25th
Little_NanaB writes: As a child, my first Embroidery lesson was Cross Stitch Embroidery on Gingahm Fabric, for an apron. This brings back wonderful memories of me and my Granmother. I will make this pillow for my Great Grandaughter; due to be born the first week of October. Hopefully I can someday teach her to make an Embroidery Design on Gingham.
Posted: 7:22 pm on August 24th
hitimbr writes: The pillow is darling...I wish I had a little girl to make it for... I have a grandson on the way in I wouls like ideas for him. Not too southern Martha Pullen'ish . . .bad vibs from the son-in-law and daughter...I can't do it my way if I want to se ethe little boys wear it all . . .So any 2010 little boy 5, adn 7 yr olds; and baby boy ideas... ? Thanks.
Posted: 11:43 pm on August 12th
Sudio143 writes: That is so cute! I would love to work on it! Thanks for the pattern!
Posted: 6:04 pm on August 12th
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