Embroidered Winter Linen Pillows

Three or more (I really can’t remember!) years ago I embroidered these pretty motifs in the corners (on the pillow below) and the top and bottom (the next picture below) on some wonderful, very fine French linen using DMC Floche a Broder thread from Hedgehog Handworks. The centre scene on the pillow also came from France and I knew I would use them in a winter themed bedroom at Christmas someday. I then put them safely away, waiting for the time when I would eventually make them into pillows.


Here are links articles I wrote about embroidering these pillows.

Another Winter Linen Pillow

Winter Linen Halfway There,

Changing Stitches

Winter Linen Project – Surprise!



Over the Christmas holidays, my brother and his wife will be coming to visit us in Berlin. Naturally, I want to make their stay as special and as memorable as possible. This includes the room in which they will stay during their visit.

A few weeks ago, when I was thinking about how to decorate their room, I had an Ah-Ha! moment: this was the perfect time to make up these pillows!



I’m still working out what duvet covers to put on the bed that will best highlight, not overwhelm, the pillows but I think they look very cozy and wintery!

This is one of the few projects I’ve finished – there are so many more in the large artists portfolio, all zipped up and safely stored under the bed! Someday I really must finish them all! How long does it take you to mount, frame, make into pillows, etc. your pieces of embroidery? Am I the slowest in the world?


Winter linen – half way there!

I just love how the design from Broderie d’Antan has turned out. It looks so French and will be perfect when combined with the patterned linen.

My initial plan was to attach two of these borders to the center piece but now that one is finished, I’m considering using only one. The embroidery is quite eye catching and I think that two embroidered panels might be too much. I may do one on the top and then edge the bottom and other two sides with either the brown linen or even red. But that’s for another day and another post!

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Thinking about the shape

First of all, Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope your life is filled with love from family, friends and your stitching!

One of my favorite stitches is fly stitch. Whenever I have leaves to stitch, it’s my first choice. So naturally I am using it for the leaf shape on the outside edge of the heart for the second Winter Linen pillow.

The leaves at the top of the design went smoothly and I was loving the graceful curve of each leaf.

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