Saturday, May 29, 2010

The Story of Wild Bunches

Wild Bunches Pillow

Once upon a time there was a little eggplant purple pillow that made all the other pillows on our sofa look ten times better.  Was it the 3 tufted buttons or its small rectangle shape?  The other pillows knew not, but they loved their little purple friend.

Then, along came a wild toddler who tore out the tufted buttons time and time again.  When nothing could be done to save the pillow, it was banished to a closet where it languished for years.  Occasionally mama bumped into it on moving days and the like, but generally the poor pillow was lost to all.

Until one day, when mama was drinking in the pages of Katherine Shaughnessy's The New Crewel, she came across this page, entitled "Wild Bunch":
The New Crewel

At last, a solution!  She set off to work making up this quick crewelwork pattern in a long, rectangle design that would suit our pillow friend.

Wild Bunches of The New Crewel

Out she yanked the last button!  With basting pins the finished crewelwork was pinned, then hand stitched to the front. And, voila!  The long-lost pillow returned once more to its square pillow friends, new and old.

Wild Bunches At home

P.S.  Let's hope Living Color Pillow won't be jealous.


  1. I love it! What a great design. I have been working on a new floral embroidered pillow design myself. I may have to copy you and attach it to an old (or new pillow) as a rectangle applique. I just love the way yours looks, as always - great job!

  2. Thanks, Maureen. I was wondering if I would end up loving the raw edge finish, but I do! Looking forward to seeing what you're working on :)

  3. I looks lovely, Rachel! I love floral designs and this one suits the pillow so well.

    Only ...

    You can't mention embroidery books in your postings. Really, you can't. You don't know what that does to my poor, overflowing mini-library. ;)

  4. [...] Very easy to learn and the perfect way to get inspired for handwork.  I made this pillow and this one [...]


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