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Rose Pillowcases for My Grandmother-in-law

Rose Pillowcases for My Grandmother-in-law

I used the colors listed in the package this time.  I think it is DMC 441 and DMC 702.  At first the red seemed too bright, but then when they are all done, I like how it turns out.

I wish I knew how to make lace with a crochet hook for the edges.  But I don’t have a crochet hook that small.  I wonder if you can use embroidery floss to make lace.

I also wish that I had a washer and dryer in my home to wash out the pattern on these pillowcases.  Usually, I give them to my friend who washes them for me.  Or I hand wash them and let them dry.  Unfortunately, the icy roads are preventing me from driving to my friend’s house, and the cold weather would prevent the pillowcases from drying.  Fortunately, I’m going to my mom’s house before to my in-laws, so Christmas Eve, I’ll borrow her washer and dryer to finish this Christmas present.

Ho ho ho!


Embroidered Rose Pillowcase

Embroidered Rose Pillowcase

Originally uploaded by shaunaaltman

I finally finished this pillowcase. I will be sending it to the UK for a handmade gift swap on

I started the pillowcase excited about the verigated thread. I like it, but I think I like solid colors better than this specific thread. The dark part is almost black.

I would also like to learn the best trim to use on this kind of pillowcases, as I seem to enjoy making them a lot.

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Red Rose Pillowcases

Here are the pillowcases I begun yesterday.  I was really looking forward to using the veregated #115 DMC embroidery floss that I purchased at Heart of the Home, but they are turning out differently than I expected.  Here is the package with the example on it:

Rose Pillowcases Package

Here is how mine are turning out so far.  The variations on the thread go from very dark red to a bright red.  The color reminds me of black cherries.  At first I wasn’t sure if I liked them, but I think they are growing on me.  And they might go very well with a bedroom that is themed in black, white, and red.

Red Rose Pillows using DMC 115


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