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stitched pillow and happy friday!

I’ve been secretly flashing this pillow on instagram for a long time. I was kind of hoping it would encourage me to finish it finally, and I think it did the trick!

This pillow was started when I taught at Camp Stitchalot last December. I figured I could use a little hand work project to work on off and on. In this case it was mostly ‘off’, but I’m glad to say it’s done! I love the look of a long accent pillow on a bed and when I spotted this wool blend I knew it would make a most happy pillow. Of course I think of it as being maybe a seasonal thing, like a fall/winter pillow.  But finishing it in July seems pretty great, so it’s on the bed now!
I just did a simple ‘plus’ shaped stitch and experimented a few ways before settling on the fastest method. I ended up marking vertical guide lines on the pillow using my tailor’s chalk about 4-5 rows at a time. First did the vertical part of the stitch and then went back and completed the pluses after all the vertical rows were done. Of course you’d probably think that I might be so clever and already know that this would work the fastest, but no, I didn’t. So experimenting it was!
Anyway, I’m glad it’s finished. Imperfect and finished. Can’t get much better than that!
Lastly! Crafterhours is kickin’ it crazy today and invited me over to be part of their Friday Fiver deal! If you haven’t heard of it yet, they put together a great deal every Friday. Yep! So if you want to snag a copy of my Divided Basket Pattern for fiver (or $5.00) jump on over to their blog to get the discount code. Psst! The code is only good for 24 hours, that’s part of the deal! Hurrah!
Happy Friday!

16 Responses to stitched pillow and happy friday!

  1. gpc 07.18.2014 at 10:51 am #

    I love it! Simple and classic. Couldn’t be better. :)

  2. Ines 07.18.2014 at 10:55 am #

    What a lovely pillow! Winter can come, but please, not immediately ;-)!

    Hugs Ines♥

  3. Duluth Girl 07.18.2014 at 1:11 pm #

    Very, very nice! I have some old sweaters that I’ve shrunk (on purpose!). I might use your idea and make some pillows for Christmas gifts! and I agree with Ines…no Winter for awhile! :-)

  4. Rachel at Stitched in Color 07.18.2014 at 1:28 pm #

    ooooh, what a stunning pillow! You hit on that perfect simple combo of motif and fabric. Love!

  5. Kelsey Boes 07.18.2014 at 1:42 pm #

    this is a beautiful pillow! I might have to make one for my apartment

  6. Katy Cameron 07.18.2014 at 7:49 pm #

    Lovely, simple design, very striking.

  7. Schulz Family 07.18.2014 at 8:23 pm #

    absolutely gorgeous

  8. Kelly 07.18.2014 at 10:07 pm #

    I love the pillow! It’s really beautiful.

  9. A Quilter's Mission 07.18.2014 at 10:29 pm #

    I really like the gray wool. This pillow is simply but very modern.

  10. kristin 07.19.2014 at 12:20 am #

    i love it anna! so simple but so high-end looking. very nice.

  11. filigarn 07.19.2014 at 3:03 am #

    i love it Anna!! i really love the pillow!

    Nadja (filigarn)

  12. Jess@craftiness is not optional 07.19.2014 at 4:00 pm #

    it’s awesome, Anna! Totally chic

  13. id 07.19.2014 at 8:23 pm #

    What are the dimensions of the pillow and what did you embroider it with…thanks.

    • Anna 07.22.2014 at 11:30 am #

      It’s just a king size bed pillow. :) And I used perle size 8 embroidery cotton thread.

  14. heart of charnwood 07.20.2014 at 11:56 am #

    Oh wow, i adore, love the simplicity, it’s absolutely stunning, well done, a finish is a finish whatever the season!

  15. Eva Leisure 07.21.2014 at 9:47 am #

    Very nice idea – looks just great – also in summer :-)

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