I did it! I finished this project, a 1973 crewel embroidery kit designed by Erica Wilson. And it wasn’t just a kit, it was a pillow kit. And I made a pillow!
It took many, many hours. I learned a lot about embroidery, and I remembered how much I love working with wool. And I figured how how to sew, kind of.
So the question now is will I be able to use this kind of groovy, vintagey, textured pillow? Yes, I love that 1970’s style. But I don’t imagine it will be at all a nap-able pillow. All those French knots and bullion stitches made out of scratchy wool would leave an interesting imprint on the side of your face.
This cool (Maslund Duran?) vinyl sewing storage ottoman had my name on it, so I plunked down $15 at the flea market and brought it home. It’s like new, and I can store stuff inside. I swapped out my wooden chair that was too big for this space, and I’m now using this as a chair. It fits underneath the Glimakra Emilia rigid heddle loom when not needed. Perfect.
My husband spotted this treasure last spring at an antique store, and when he asked if it was something I would use, I grabbed it. I think it was $20.00. I can fit the large yellow loom inside along with yarn for my current projects. It has a wooden tray that’s perfect for my knitting doo-dads. It also has a shelf on the bottom where I set my folder of patterns.
I like this because it makes my knitting mobile. I can bring it from room to room easily and I’m not carrying around a lot of plastic bags and extras that I’m not using. I stash everything else in my closet.