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Where do Pillow Talk fringes come from?
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The fast answer is they come from this packed cabinet. I honestly don’t know which I love more, the fabrics and weavings or the trimmings for them. The real term for them is passementerie. The French word includes the making of elaborate edgings, braid, gold or silver cord, embroidery, fringes, pompoms, rosettes, tassels, and beads. The Guild of Passementiers was created in the 16th century to recognize the skill and art required. Most of the fringes I use have European origins. For centuries, clothing with passementerie was reserved for elites, royalty, aristocracy, and religious vestments. Opulent homes were showplaces for...
When extraordinary textiles become available
Pictured are three pillows made with the amazing silk and metallic threads in ecumenical robes. Holy vestments, alter drapes, railing runners, and other church textiles rarely survive more than a few decades, if that. Frankly, I love the incredibly old pieces that show the character of sermons given and communions celebrated. One has only to travel in Europe to know that churches hold the most revered art – in paintings, tile work, frescos, iron work and stained glass. The textiles used worn are no less artful, some museum quality. Museums of antique textile art would be thrilled to have some...
New on Facebook Shop
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To me, this charming bird pillow represents the start of summer and a new season of flight. I’m so pleased to be announcing the opening of our Facebook Shop where I invite you to browse, dream, then purchase the perfect pillows for your rooms or as gifts! Yes, we have customers who remember pillows are a very thoughtful gift throughout the year. If you are new to Pillow Talk Direct, I invite you to scroll through the vintage and one of a kind plump pillows, many museum-quality textiles. But there are contemporary and global styles, too. All handmade in...
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