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Bolster Pillow with Embroidery and Decorative Stitching
Bolster Pillow with Embroidery and Decorative Stitching

Created by: Michele Mishler

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Level: Intermediate

The tootsie roll pillow featured in these instructions uses the new HorizonLink StitchComposer software to create your own unique decorative stitch! The sample stitch was created to complement the accent fabric used in the featured pillow.

Janome Supplies Required:
Horizon MC12000
A foot
F foot
P foot
Janome Blue Tip Needles
Janome pre-wound bobbins

Fabric and Notions Required:
1/2 yd chenille fabric, 54" width
1/4 yd coordinating solid fabric
Neck roll pillow form, 6" diameter, 16" long
Tear away stabilizer
Matching all purpose thread
Embroidery thread
Removable marker

Creating the Decorative Zigzag in HorizonLink StitchComposer
1. Open HorizonLink.
2. Left click on the tab Tools.
3. Left click on Stitch Composer.

4. The computer screen now shows a grid. Left click on the tab View. Left click on Zoom In until the grid fills the screen.
5. Left click on the tab Home.
6. The first set of stitches secures the beginning of the row of decorative stitches we are creating. Locate the intersection of lines 00, 0. Left click at this point. Left click one space above this initial stitch, and left click again one stitch below the initial stitch. Left click again at 00, 0.
7. Left click on Start Point. Notice that the last stitch appears as a red dot. On the Stitch Point List at the right of the screen, notice that Stitch 4 is now listed as Start Point. The stitches listed before the Start Point secure the beginning of the row of decorative stitch when it is sewn on the Horizon MC12000. The stitches that we create after the Start Point form the pattern that will repeat to form a line of decorative stitches as we sew.
8. The featured tootsie roll pillow is made using a bargello print with rows of multicoloured zigzags forming the pattern. Our goal is to create a repeating zigzag pattern. For Stitch 6, left click at the intersection of lines 00, 20.
9. In order to keep a uniform pattern as we travel to the opposite side of the zigzag, we will move up and over two spaces with each stitch. Stitch 7 will be placed at -2, 2. Stitch 8 will be placed at 18, 2. Continue as follows:
Stitch 9 -4, 4
Stitch 10 16, 4
Stitch 11 -6, 6
Stitch 12 14, 6
Stitch 13 -8, 8
Stitch 14 12, 8
Stitch 15 -10, 10
Stitch 16 10, 10
10. Continue placing stitches until Stitch 27 at -22, 22 and Stitch 28 at -2, 22.
11. Our stitches will now travel down the grid, moving down and over two spaces with each stitch. Continue to Stitch 39 at -10, 34 and Stitch 40 at 10, 34.
12. Change direction, traveling up and over two spaces until you reach Stitch 51 at -22, 46 and Stitch 52 at -2, 46. Change direction, traveling down and over two spaces until you reach Stitch 73 at 0, 68 and Stitch 74 at 20, 68.

13. Left Click at 2, 70 and left click on End Point. Add three stitches above and below the end stitch similar to the stitches added for securing the beginning. The stitches between the Start Point and the End Point are the pattern repeat.
14. Save the pattern as Bargello. Send the pattern to the Horizon MC12000.

Creating the Center Panel

1. From the coordinating solid fabric, cut a panel 9" x 22". Using a removable marker, draw a center line. Draw an additional line on each side of the center line, 2 1/2 " from center.
2. Open the new decorative stitch Bargello. Thread the machine with embroidery thread and insert a pre-wound bobbin in the bobbin case.
3. Place the marked strip of fabric over a strip of tear away stabilizer. Pin in place along the center line.
4. Stitch a line of decorative stitch along each outside line.
5. Change thread colour and stitch a second line of decorative stitches 1" from the first line, toward the center.
6. Change the thread colour and stitch a third line of decorative stitches between the first and second set. There will be three rows of stitches on each side of the center line. Do not remove the stabilizer.
7. Set up the Horizon MC12000 for professional styled embroidery. Select built in designs and select Border_1_22.
8. Wrap the center panel around the pillow form to determine the desired length. For the sample pillow, the length was 18". Mark placement for the embroidery, with the desired number of repeats. The sample pillow uses 6 embroidery designs spaced equally within the 18" finished length. Do not trim the center panel to size yet. The extra length allows ease of hooping.
9. Embroider the design as shown above in the sample diagram, alternating the direction of each embroidery design.
10. When the embroidery is complete, remove the excess stabilizer and press the panel from the wrong side.
11. Trim the center panel to a width of 6 1/2".
12. Add 1" to the desired length of 18"( 19" total). Trim the center panel to its finished size.
13. The finished size of the sample pillow is 6" in diameter and 16" in length. From the remaining solid fabric, cut two circles 7" in diameter (6" + 1/2" seam allowance all around). These are the ends of the pillow.
14. From the home dec fabric, cut two strips 6" x 19".
15. Sew the home dec strips to each side of the center panel using a 1/2" seam.
16. Fold the panel in half with right sides together and sew across the end with a 1/2" seam. Leave a 5" opening for turning the pillow right sides out.
17. Sew a circle to each end of the pillow using a 1/2" seam allowance, clipping as necessary.
18. Turn the pillow right sides out and insert the pillow form. Hand stitch the opening closed to complete the pillow.



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