Arts and Crafts Embroidery on linen
See a free pattern for the center pillow design below.
Jessie Newbery (1864-1948) was head of the embroidery department at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. Not many art schools consider an embroidery department a necessity but the great thing about Glasgow a century ago was that traditional women's arts were considered on a par with those traditionally done by men. Newbery and the Glasgow School created a new style of embroidery.
Cushion Cover by Jessie Newbery in The Studio 1901
See a different version of this embroidery at the Glasgow Museums site:
Newbery's designs were published in the influential English magazine The Studio.
Thanks to the "New Embroidery" early modern interiors required many hand-embroidered sofa pillows.
The one above seems to be bound with a contrasting cord.
The stylized floral pillow on the right has a fringed finish.
Glasgow School Design characteristics included filled embroidery on linen grounds with stylized florals of elongated and sinuous shapes. Florals were defined by shape with a minimum of naturalistic shading. Mottoes were stitched in distinctive arts and crafts type fonts. The original for this embroidery had sweet peas framing the motto. I simplified it by substituting stylized roses, Glasgow Roses.
For a pattern: Click on the picture directly above and copy it to a JPG or a Word file. Then print it out about 11" x 8-1/2".
Or click here for a PDF from Workspaces at Acrobat.
The Glasgow embroiderers used a variety of stitches, but the most common was called the Kensington stitch. See a tutorial here:
And view another of Newbery's cushion covers at the Victoria & Albert Museum