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How to Make an Embroidered Pillow

Aug 11, 2010
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Berry Border Pillow

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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  1. User avater SageCombs September 8th

    cool color and nice pillow

  2. User avater RubyGarcia September 8th

    i like it..

  3. User avater nathanwood September 9th

    very beautiful designed pillow

  4. User avater gregsoto September 9th

    very colorful design

  5. User avater WillardHicks September 9th

    really very good.......

  6. Darkducobu December 30th

    A little vintage for the decoration of my apartment, but very nice work

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