How to Make an Embroidered Pillow
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.
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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.