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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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Caution, a passion for fringes may develop

Caution, a passion for fringes may develop

Even if you just dabble in collecting, you probably have distinctive taste and a passion for some element of your collectible. Maybe you collect Majolica. You may care less about whether the piece is a pitcher or a platter, but if it highlights that gloriously intense royal blue you love, you’ll snap it up. For me, fabric – anything woven – draws me in like the aroma of fresh baked blueberry muffins might for the starving. My glee deepens when I find vintage fringes. This obsession began when I was a small girl meandering through my small-town fabric store.  I...

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Minimalism is out, thank goodness (but you knew that)

Minimalism is out, thank goodness (but you knew that)

Home accessory trend spotters for 2018 are writing about what we’ve always known; that we want warmth and comfort.  You may have tried the white-on-white or three-shades-of-beige colorways for your rooms in an effort to calm your rattled nerves from taking in just too much world news.  Global angst must not enter your personal space, but being devoid of color and joy is just adding to the unease and emptiness. We recommend plushness for comfort.  Tactile and warm fabrics whose texture and colors make a bold statement against a cold cruel world.  It doesn’t matter what decorating style you are...

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Details, handwork, creativity bring a unique vibe to your home

Details, handwork, creativity bring a unique vibe to your home

We all know people who have the drapes match the chair and the lamp bases in the same color as the carpet.  Best yet, thanks to thousands of home decor magazines through the years, the fall back colors are white on white.  Blah.  No personality.  No place for your eye to rest and enjoy shape, texture and depth of hue.  Yes, we sell white pillows.  But, we do not suggest you buy them all and opt for pallid. Pillow Talk has always been about one of a kind and very limited quantities of unique fabrics.  Mixing vintages and colorways may...

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Beware of false textile advertising

Beware of false textile advertising

  Because I am in the business of fine and vintage textiles which are designed into unique and opulent accessories, I am sent postings for valuable fabrics daily.  It’s commonplace for the descriptions of these textiles, especially those called “Aubusson,” to be incorrect.  The sellers seem ignorant of their mislabeling.  I hope it’s an innocent mistake.  But, if it misleads a buyer, that’s another story and they could pay too much. How can you tell what is Aubusson tapestry?  It is a weave, not a needlepoint.  See my photo where the Aubusson is on the left.  It’s a very fine...

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