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Crazy for Spring

This pillow combines patchwork pieces and hand embroidery with a stitched quote celebrating the season.

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Embroider the Pillow Top

Work all embroidery with two strands of ecru embroidery floss, except for the quote, which uses three strands. 

 

1.    Using a light table, trace the quote and the stitches from Pattern H onto the pillow top with a water-soluble marking pen.

2.    Lay the marked pillow top right side up on the batting. Pin to secure. Refer to Embroidery Stitches, below, to embroider the pillow top. The stitches can be used in any combination. Refer to the photograph for inspiration. Sew the ivory buttons in place, referring to the photograph.

 

Embroidery Stitches

  • To stem-stitch, pull your needle up at A (Stem Stitch Diagram). Insert your needle back into the fabric at B, about 1⁄4" away from A. Then, holding the floss out of the way, bring your needle back up at C and pull the floss through so it lies flat against the fabric. The distances between points A, B, and C should be equal. Pull gently and with equal tautness after each stitch.
  • To make a running stitch, pull your needle up at A (Running Stitch Diagram) and insert it back into the fabric at B, 1⁄8" away from A. Pull your needle up at C, 1⁄8" away from B, and continue in the same manner.
  • To make a lazy daisy stitch (Lazy Daisy Stitch Diagram), pull your needle up at A, and form a loop of floss on the fabric surface. Holding the loop in place, insert your needle back into the fabric at B, about 1⁄16" away from A. Bring your needle tip out at C and cross it over the trailing floss, keeping the floss as flat as possible. Gently pull your needle and trailing floss until the loop lies flat against the fabric. Push your needle through to the back at D to secure the loop in place. Repeat to make additional lazy daisy stitches. 
  • To make a French knot, pull your needle and floss through at the point where the knot is desired (French Knot Diagram). Wrap the floss around your needle twice without twisting the floss. Insert the tip of your needle into the fabric at B, 1⁄16" away from A. Gently push the wraps down the needle to meet the fabric. Pull the needle and trailing floss through the fabric slowly and smoothly.
  • To chain-stitch, bring your needle up at A (Chain-Stitch Diagram), form a U shape with the floss, and hold the shape in place with your thumb. Push your needle down at B, about 1⁄16" away from A, and come up at C. Continue in the same manner.
  • To straight-stitch (Straight-Stitch Diagram), bring your needle up at A and insert it back into the fabric at B. Pull your needle up at C and continue in the same manner.

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