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Reusing, restyling, rediscovering

Reusing, restyling, rediscovering

Anyone who knows Pillow Talk Direct is aware that I find wonderful weavings and textiles – often decades and even centuries old - and restyle them into jewels for your home. So, maybe I was ahead of the movement. If you buy our pillows you are part of a growing recycling community whether you realize it or not. The pillow you see here was made from a drapery panel that had been destined for the trash because it had been made the wrong size. I was so fortunate to be at an upholsters workroom when he folded it up and...

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Sometimes you learn because you have to

Sometimes you learn because you have to

Because I purposefully seek out vintage weavings and antique fabrics, I'm occasionally drawn to a piece that has had a hard life. If the piece is too damaged, I must pass on it or, if it is just stunning, I'll keep it in my private collection. One day 20 years ago, the owner of the designer showroom where my pillows were on consignment asked me if I would repair a large Aubusson rug. What? He asked because I had many aubusson fragments made up into glorious pillows, so he assumed I knew how to weave them. I took it as...

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Warm up your holidays with red

Warm up your holidays with red

Holidays and winter expect the color red in all home accessories. It's such a seductive shade; intense, sensual. Shown here are perfect pillows for every decor, every taste, all red. Each is a one of a kind treasure, each a gift from the weaver, the artist who wove the textile.We celebrate winter and the holidays and pillow lovers around the world. Be inspired. www.pillowtalk.com

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Want to know how skilled a weaver is? Look underneath.

Want to know how skilled a weaver is? Look underneath.

Fabric – cloth – was a rudimentary weave 34,500 years ago. Twisting fibers from plants into yarns, then weaving the threads into a web of cloth must have been an exasperating, tedious discovery. Imagine how versatile this type of body protection was compared to the animal pelts worn the millennia prior. It wouldn’t take long before cloth became ceremonial with embellishments and color. The Egyptians had a way with golden threads turning their areas of rest into lavish dens with inviting plump pillows strewn about. Weaving has long been a treasured artform where talented hands with creative minds could express...

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Hooked on Pillows

Hooked on Pillows

These super charming pillows came from estate pieces that had been hooked. The craft of hooking originated in England and traveled to America over 200 years ago. Thick floor covering was needed for those Eastern seaboard villages. Materials used originally were just scraps of fabric cut evenly, looped, and pulled through burlap or linen. Those early rugs would have been very colorful.  Then, like many crafts, artisans began to refine their designs and materials. Always considered a country craft, hooked wool rugs and pillows were in more humble homes while embroidery and needlepoint graced finer mansions.Hooking has had a strong...

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