Some Sample Circles: a pillow cover (C365:208)

Pattern: embroidery inspired by stitches in The New Crewel; otherwise, it's just a basic envelope pillow cover

Materials: medium weight natural linen scraps; DMC cotton embroidery floss; pillow form

Finished size: 17" square


See the individual stitches in the super biggie-sized photo.


A whole new world of possibilities opened up for me with this project...! So fun.

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  • Miss Behave's Blog 6y

    Love the book and love your pillow even more!
  • the cramped hand 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Blackwork and all Black & White Needlework, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Anika Glass 6y

    Satin stitches in wool are very hard for me to do, too. I'd forgotten about the spider stitch; I haven't done it in decades and lost my book also. So, I'm off to search instructions for it. Thank you for labeling each stitch. You have inspired me to go ahead and take the plunge I have been putting off, and designing my own. I think because it is a sampler and not overly complex.
  • 6y

    this looks so great! you are the reason i bought the new crewel in the first place :)
  • Tiffany :) 6y

    tis very lovely.. :)
  • greentechmama 6y

    this is beautiful! Inspiring!
  • Lara Francisco 6y

    How did you like the Spider Web stitch? That was the one that I thought was the hardest. I actually enjoyed the french knots. My piece is still unfinished because I ran out of thread and am far from civilization at the moment - darn it! You did a nice job though and it looks great as a pillow!
  • cauchy09 6y

    it's fun once you get the hang of it. french knots are my fave. good luck finishing!
  • Nova 5y

  • lucienalta 5y

    Hi cauchy09, I am going to do this (try) and am wondering how many strands of floss to use? I love browsing your work!!!


  • cauchy09 5y

    it depends on the stitch. i mainly used 3. good luck!
  • lucienalta 5y

    Hi, I am about to do the eyelet hole stitch and am wondering if you actually punched a hole in your material?
  • cauchy09 5y

    no. i think that just putting so many stitches into the same place created the hole.
  • lucienalta 5y

    Hi cauchy, I have not yet started this block. The instructions are telling me to cut a small hole in the material. Here is a link to my Webshot album and under my embroidery album I posted the page I am reading for instructions. It makes me a bit nervous (lol). And, I would wind up with a hole in my fabric--whether I decide to make a sampler or a pillow out of it.
  • lucienalta 5y

    Hi Cauchy, I have yet another favor to ask. I am sooooo hoping you can show how you do your notes. Lucy
  • cauchy09 5y

    no, i did not cut a hole. i just kept going through the same hole in the weave with all the stitches and it opened up on its own.

    what notes? the flickr notes on the image? if so, you just click on the "Add Note" button above your photo.
  • lucienalta 5y

    Yes, that was it. I had just figured it out and was adding the photo to my blog to see if it worked there. The notes did not work on my blog. If I click on the photo, it takes me to my Flickr photo and I can see the notes there. I love your work, and am working on the Circle Sampler and some of the other projects in the book. I keep referring back to your gallery for tips. Thanks so very much!
  • cauchy09 5y

    you can add text using Picnik if you click on Edit Photo (above the photo). but the text is always visible so it can obscure the image.

    i love that book. such great projects and nice instructional diagrams. good luck!
  • CutieGoodie 5y

    lovely work!
  • Islênia Fernandes 4y

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