Another Long-Ago Project – Jane Rainbow Kit

Jane Rainbow Kit

Jane Rainbow Kit

This crewelwork cushion came from a Jane Rainbow kit, which my parents gave me for Christmas about fifteen years ago. It’s the last kit that anyone’s ever bought for me, because I finished it in short order – it was done by Twelfth Night – and the family felt that it hadn’t kept me out of mischief for long enough! I’ve looked on a couple of needlework shop websites, and it seems that this design is no longer available, which I think is a pity. It was fun to do, and I learnt a couple of variations I’d not come across before.



The pomegranate shows a great variation in height and texture of stitches. I like the way the French knots used in the centre are also used for textured patches on the leaves, although I think I would be inclined, were I to work this today, to use a darker colour in the centre of the pomegranate. The ribbed pattern around isn’t made up of exceptionally long bullion knots, as you might expect, but instead is a sort of opened-out ribbed spiders web stitch. The instructions here said to pack in the stitches as much as possible to get a nicely raised effect. It worked really well – it almost looks padded!


  1. Hahaha…so this amazing embroidery of yours can be traced back to you being a mischievous
    child?!?!? Somehow, I don’t think that this parenting technique would work for your average child! 🙂 XXO-

  2. Anita says:

    I agree with you ,a darker color french knots in the pomegranate center would’ve produced a different effect.But we live to learn,aren’t we?.French knots in the leaves looks great!.

  3. Elmsley Rose says:

    Yep – love the pomengranate!

  4. That is a lovely piece and it can be used and admired constantly.

  5. karen says:

    oh my….it’s gorgeous.

  6. jackie says:

    Lovely work. Its so satisfying to finish a beautiful piece of work like that. Happy New Year.x

  7. Lady Fi says:

    What a lovely raised effect! Nice colouring in the cushion too.

  8. Janice says:

    It’s beautiful. I have a book by Jane Rainbow. I wonder if this design is in it.