I finished the pillow today. I decided it needed a corded edge, so went to the store and bought two types and one was too dark and small and the other was just right.
I used regular stuffing and understaffed it slightly so it wouldn't be fat and puffy.
I machine stitched the pieces together and left an opening, everything else is hand stitched. The design was done with a back stitch and pearl cotton, the lettering with 3 strands of floss. after I stuff it, I sewed the opening up to the middle section and left a small hole to place the cording into. That way I didn't have a bump or a raw edge on the bottom, it leaves a nice trim look.
I tried to get the colors and the look of the piece, but it was pouring out today, so no outdoor shots. The colors are creams, but it appears a bit yellow.
And here is the back again. I took an angle shot with shadows so you could see the lettering better, but it is more muted in color, in person.
Here is the design I used, you are welcome to use it for your own pillow. The original design came from a french site, Broderied'Antan. They have some wonderful free designs, in all types of styles.
When you use the design, place the middle lines in the center of your piece.