For the first time I think I have the colourway knitting right. Though I don't think it looks perfect - you have to start some where. My own design (another first).
After all the blogging about this project - I have done it. It was inspired by this blog. Satin stitches was not working for me. I also don't think they would last in this house as a pillow so did it in applique and raw edge sewing.