I've been working on a series of pillows that I'm calling "COUCHED CUSHIONS", slightly more "adult" (i.e.: no funny little guys on them). Here is one in the green colorway, in honor of the upcoming St. Patty's Day festivities:
I'm calling them "COUCHED CUSHIONS" for the method of couching that I've used on the pillow top. From the book Second-Time Cool, "Couching is a method of attaching thicker yarns to the fabric and so giving a single line more weight. Usually, there are two working yarns, the thicker laid yarn (which can be one or more strands) and the thinner couching yarn. The couching yarn is stitched over the laid yarn to attach it to the fabric. The term 'couching' comes from the French verb coucher, which means to lie down."
Above a close-up showing the slubby, color-variegated wool yarn which is stitched over with DMC floss. With felted wool balls on the sides, this is a 14 x 14" pillow with a polyfil insert.