We stayed in a wonderful sabbatical house in Palo Alto this past winter and spring. Miriam, the owner, had displayed her hamsa collection throughout the house. I wanted to leave a thank-you gift that would fit with the house, so I chose to add to the hamsa collection.
I had just learned how to machine applique and thought I could probably make a pillow. In retrostpect, I wish I had made fitted pillows rather than ones with a flange, but I like the applique. The hamsa is outlined with gold metallic thread and a feather stitch.