Monday, November 10, 2014

Orange Tiles Cross-Stitch Pillow


I'm one of those people who can't resist a clever color name. That's why our living room is Celtic Sage and the bedroom is Hydrangea instead of generic green and beige. The same goes for embroidery floss colors. When I designed this cross-stitch pattern, I was inspired by Spanish tiles, and I had a general color scheme in mind. But when it came time to choose the exact floss colors, the names made the process easy. Turquoise, orange spice, olive, tangerine . . . they just sound exotic, don't they? (I also included navy blue, which isn't exactly romantic, but at least conjures images of the sea.)

The design is repetitious and relatively simple, but it does require a bit of concentration. I guess that's what I like about cross-stitching; it helps me relax and makes me think at the same time. The finished pillow shown in the photo is about 4¾" square; it's worked with two strands of DMC® embroidery floss on 18-count white Aida. If you use 14-count Aida, the design will be 6" square; 11-count Aida will give you a 7¾"-square design. Click here to download and print a copy of the chart.

Assembling the pillow is the easiest part of the project. Trim the finish embroidery, leaving about a 1" margin all around. For the backing, cut a same-size square of fabric (mine is shimmery orange), and then pin the pieces together with right sights facing. Sewing up the edges is easy if you use the lines on the Aida as a guide. Leave an opening and turn the pillow right side out. Fill it with polyester fiberfill and hand-stitch the opening closed.

So what can you do with such a small pillow? Show it off on a shelf, use it as a fancy pincushion, or fill it with cedar shavings to make an exotic sachet.

Orange Tiles Cross-Stitch Pillow Chart   ©2014 Kathleen Berlew
Color Key (DMC Floss)

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