How I Finished My Chicken Scratch Heart as a Pillow & Other Updates

When I sat down to write this post I was feeling a little sad because I have not touched the stumpwork embroidery project since last week. But, I did get some things done over the past week.

First, I finished my chicken scratch embroidery project by turning the piece into a small pillow. I actually dusted off the sewing machine for this one, so it was a minor accomplishment. This was my first attempt at sewing a ruffle, and I botched the corners, but otherwise it turned out okay. If you look at the bottom edge of the ruffle, you can also see I pinned the ruffle the wrong way so the seam ends are facing the front of the pillow instead of the back. OH WELL. :)


I stuffed the pillow with fiberfill and added a teaspoon or two of lavender buds to the stuffing, so the pillow smells very nice.

I finished the pillow this past weekend because I needed to bring the chicken scratch piece to my embroidery guild dinner on Monday night. This was the sample piece I stitched for the little workshop I’m going to be leading in October for the guild. I think I had 6 or 7 people sign up for the class on Monday, which is pretty good!

I also brought my Liberty Stars counted canvaswork piece to the dinner for my summer challenge project. Everyone votes on their favorite project, and I was delighted to win third place this year! Woo hoo! There are so many incredibly talented ladies in this guild who do such incredible needlework and quilting, so this was a real surprise. I never even had a chance to get it framed, so I brought it to the dinner still on its stretcher bars. Here’s Liberty Stars again:


Last, but not least, even though I have not touched the stumpwork project since last week, I did make a start on the fifth and last flower petal. There will definitely be some progress on this for next week’s update:


Until next time, thanks for reading and following along!

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6 Responses to How I Finished My Chicken Scratch Heart as a Pillow & Other Updates

  1. nanacathy2 says:

    Really lovely projects. The red cushion especially. Congratulations on getting third!

  2. Crazyqstitcher says:

    The Chicken scratch pillow looks wonderful. Congratulations on your placing for the canvas work. That too looks great. and your petals are coming along so well now. I’m waiting to see how they will be as a flower :-)))

  3. Debbierose says:

    3 adorable craft projects. Your ruffle is very good. It was your first, we learn with every stitch. So that makes it perfect

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