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I learned to embroider when I was a kid, when everyone was really into cross stitch (remember the '80s?). Eventually, I migrated to surface embroidery, teaching myself with whatever I could get my hands on...read more

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Reader’s Embroidery: Cutwork and Needle Lace Pillow Cases


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Elissa sent along photos of her beautiful cutwork and needlelace pillowcases she’s currently working on, so I thought I’d share them to you!

Elissa made the pillowcases herself, from an extra sheet from her bed set. The edge is stitched with a diamond quilting pattern that reflects the cutwork motif. The cases are made extra long, so that the edge of it can drape and show off the needlework.

Elissa's Cutwork and Needle Lace Hand Embroidered Pillowcases

The cutwork diamonds are taken from one of the Variety magazines that feature Italian cutwork. Elissa plans to work some surface embroidery around the cutwork diamonds.

Elissa's Cutwork and Needle Lace Hand Embroidered Pillowcases

She’s adding a little scalloped trim worked by hand. This needle lace is really well done! The picots are made from bullions, and each scallop takes her about ten minutes to complete.

Gorgeous, isn’t it? Doesn’t it just make you want to make up a whole crisp set of gorgeous hand embroidered linens??!

Thanks, Elissa, for sending along the photos!! Beautiful work! Congratulations!


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  1. Thanks Mary, and thank you Shannon as well. It sure is strange to see these on the same site with really amazing work by other people. I hope someone else is trying something in this technique. It’s not too difficult, just time-consuming.

  2. I am really interested in learning cutwork for linens. (cotton or linen) I have searched for books and all over the internet but what I have found is very vague concerning the stitches outlining the work. My fear of the item washing apart or waste keeps me from trying. I don’t have anyone close to me that does this type of work. Can you help me?

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