This pillowcase combines two of my favorite techniques, shadow embroidery by machine and Madeira applique by machine. I doubt the appeal of either will ever fade for me.
By hand, shadow work is a soothing needleart that creates stunning results. By embroidery machine, it is a quick, exciting effort that creates the very same delicate result. In earlier posts, I’ve detailed the process by which designs can be worked in a snap with the aid of an embroidery machine. Suzanne Hinshaw developed the technique and has several collections on the market. This design is from one of her earlier sets, Shadowed Bows Two.
With design sets including teddy bears, flowers, angels, monograms and more, shadow work by machine offers a huge variety of designs.
The blue Madeira applique’ hem is done with the miraculous technique using water soluble thread. This, too, has been described in earlier posts. Pinstitched in place, the scalloped hem is echoed in a feather stitch just above. Pinwheel roses are perched at each peak, accenting the line and covering the usually untidy pivot of the feather stitch.
If either of these techniques is new to you, I strongly encourage you to try one. There are so many applications for each.