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I have been knitting, sewing, embroidering, and creating since I was a small girl. I live on a working sheep farm with my husband and daughter in western Massachusetts. I have written 8 books on ...

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Cat Nap Crewel Embroidered Pillow

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(10) Name: 'Embroidery : Cat Nap Crewel Embroidered Pillow
Cat Nap Crewel Embroidered Pillow
Cat Nap Crewel Embroidered Pillow
Cat Nap Crewel Embroidered Pillow
Cat Nap Crewel Embroidered Pillow

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Outline Stitch, Chain Stitch, Satin Stitch

Pattern Description:

Cat Nap was inspired by our three beautiful gray striped tiger kitties Vera and her two sons Charlie and Sebastian. One of the kitties is always sleeping on the wing chair in the kitchen of our old farmhouse. We're a "cat family" and our kitties are allowed to sleep on the furniture. They do a great job keeping the critters at bay here on the farm.

If you have your own favorite kitty, pick out your kitty's colors and work it in place of the gray stripes. You could also "design" a different fabric for your chair in place of the bright and eye-popping flowers I have on my chair.

Only three stitches are needed for this design: Outline Stitch, Chain Stitch, and Satin Stitch. There are complete and clear illustrations of How-To Stitch each one. The pattern also includes close-up photos of the design.

This 10 page PDF pattern includes:

Complete instructions for cutting fabric, centering and transferring the design to the fabric including 3 methods of transfer - light table/window, dressmaker's tracing paper and Sulky Iron-On Transfer paper

Complete how-to illustrations of the stitches you will need

Close-up photos of key design points so it is easy for your to re-create the design

The design template to transfer to your fabric using tracing paper or light table

The reversed design template to transfer using a Sulky Iron-on Marker

Paternayan Persian Colors used with matching DMC Cotton Embroidery Floss Shades

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 12 x 12" square pillow, can also be larger depending on size of fabric used


  • What you will need to complete your project: 1/2 yard of linen or cotton pillow fabric and 1/2 yard of contrasting pillow backing fabric Paternayan Persian Wool or Cotton Embroidery Floss Chenille needle (wool) or embroidery needle (cotton)

You Will Also Need:

  • Regular sewing supplies and embroidery hoop (optional) Pillow stuffing, sewing thread, and sewing machine to finish your pillow