Friday, June 13, 2008

US Navy Anchor Tapestry Pillow

This I made for my Father in Law.
He was a Signalman in the Navy during WWII.

He has some incredible stories about flashing morse code from the tops of naval ships while under enemy fire! Apparently they targeted the Signalman so that they couldn't communicate with other ships. He has some great stories about docking in foreign ports, too lol.

I wasn't sure what to do with the tapestry -
it measures 12w x 16h
RHSS 4ply ww - H hook

I turned this one into a pillow.
I matches the fleece throw that I quilted for his chair.

On this one - instead of embroidering the lines and designs - I surface crocheted. It really gives it a super cool 3d raised effect. In person - the chain has the gold showing thru.

(You can see the fabric color on the bottom)

For the border I worked ch6 at the end of every row and sc, ch6 across the top and bottom. I used white to finish the rope effect, ch4, pull thru navy loop, sl st into place and repeat around. You really can't see it in this pic but the white curls around the navy.

I used gold fabric, made a slipcover for the pillow, hand sewed the crochet to the fabric, stuffed it and finished sewing the seam on the machine.

After I finished these 2 pieces I round Carol Alexanders blog on tapestry crochet.


  1. I am sure he'll really appreciaste that, looks fantastic

  2. How pretty. Not sure if you have read my blog, but my daughter who has just graduated has joined the Navy. Not the plans we had talked about, but I am sure with time, I will be more relaxed about it. Love your crochet! blessings, Kathleen

  3. Wow, I adore this. Do you have a pattern available for it? I am 18, and planning on going into the Navy. I'd love to make one for my grandma, ho is worried about me going in. To remind her that I may be out but I am still with her in spirit. :)

  4. Thanks so much. You can email directly at:

    inspiredcrochet (at)


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