Monday, 15 November 2010

Scotty Dog Patchwork Cushion

This is my latest finish. I took part in the embroidery challenge (redwork) on stitchers showcase and decided to make it into a cushion. The pattern in free to downlown at the Bustle and Sew blog here who also have other lovely patterns both free and to purchase.

I found a piece of cream fabric in my stash and pinning the pattern underneath, traced the design onto my fabric, with a water soluble pen, using a lightbox. I only have a small lightbox, originally bought for paper crafting, but it did the job.

I used DMC 498 stranded cotton to work the design in stem stitch and after washing to remove the pen marks, trimmed it to the required size with a rotary cutter.

I have a lot of small fabric scraps leftover from other projects so after working out the size to fit around the front panel, making sure they lined up at the edges, made patchwork strips and sewed them to all four sides.

After that I made some matching binding, a back panel with three buttonholes and put the whole lot together. This was my first time trying redwork and I am glad I took part in the challenge as I have something very different from my usual makes and have extended my stitching repertoire at the same time.

Happy stitching,


  1. Hi Shirley - thanks for the comment & I love what you've done with the Scotty embroidery. Love your Airedales too, though of course I'm a Newfie-afficionado really!

  2. You have done a lovely job of that!
    Jille x

  3. Wauwwwww i really like that pillow......nice !! how are you darling???? Ria.....

  4. Oh, your little pillow is adorable, Shirley! I love how your surrounded it with different patchwork strips--wonderful job :)

  5. Beautiful pillow. I love the fabrics on the border.

  6. It's just beautiful! We love it!

    Love ya lots
    Maggie and Mitch

  7. Your pillow turned out really cute!

  8. Than you for visiting my blog again :)
    The pillow with a Scotland terrier looks wonderfull!!
    I have never tryed red-work
    (only cross-stitching with red thread to linen or aida fabric)

    I bought the Cross Stitcher-magazine (U.K.)
    on friday and I have to say that I really love its new look.
    There is everything we have used to in it
    ( the Margaret Sherrys column,the readers pictures etc. but most of the x-stitch projects have the new more stylish look.
    You must be happy to have so many lovely stitching-magazines in Britain.

  9. This is really lovely.You have inspired me to have a go at Redwork.I may just have to do the Scottie as I have one sitting at my feet!!