|Chicken scratch pillow|
I had the great good fortune of knowing my great grandmother. We called her "Ma". She was a hard working farmer's wife, an amazing baker, and a very crafty lady. She was sweet and loving. She made a quilt for me when I was born, it is a sunbonnet sue with yellow and ecru sashing. She made my mother an amazing cathedral window quilt that hung in our dining room my entire childhood. She always had a project going.
My mother and I were talking recently about a pillow that Ma stitched. Mom told me it's called "chicken scratch", and after looking online, I found this type of embroidery was popular in the depression. You embroider a double cross stitch (and a few other stitches as desired) to make a design on gingham fabric.
I remember the pillow from my childhood as well. It has a very textural feeling. I like that Ma barely stuffed the pillow, so it is very thin, I would say no more than two inches thick. I think I will start under stuffing pillows, so I can fit more on my couch!