Embellished Pillows

Several pillows were made to accompany our client’s family furniture after the design presentation:  below, images from the production process.  Pillows can make the look!   These pillows and bolsters are all hand-stitched other than the basic forms.


The cylinder bolsters were created from
the striped silk used on the long
French Louis XVI Neoclassical Sofa circa 1760
shown above.  The two matching bolsters were
created to add comfort to the open wooden
arm ends and help make the long sofa more comfortable and inviting.

The stuffed form was created, and the silk wrapped the form and was hand-stitched.
Going through the embroidered areas required muscle and pliers to
push and pull the needle through the layers.

We also discovered an anomaly in the silk pattern, and this is discussed below in the video.  We had not checked the fabric for this aspect, as we’ve never had a good house have this kind of glitch, and unfortunately we had the last bit of fabric or we would have ordered more.  In any case, we had to use what we had as we could get no more of the silk.

Creating the ends, below.

Careful hand-stitching to gather the silk
on the bolster ends, above!

In all cases, trims needed to be kept from unraveling during the application.
A casein-based glue is added to the areas that are prone to unraveling, shown right.

One completed bolster, below.


The rust shot silk taffeta was used in several pillows and cut all at once, shown left.  It was used as the back and the flange on several pillows.  This pillow incorporated the upholstery showcover from the two French Louis XIV Settees circa 1700, shown above.

Layers of passementerie one on top of another made these very difficult pillows to sew, especially as no forms could be used to stabilize the pillows as the forms would emboss the silk permanently.

Layers shown one on top of another in stills, above, and in the video, below.

If you love passementerie details, these pillows are beautiful, shown up close, last image above, and in the image below of the pillow top ready to be made into a pillow!

Note the beauty the layers of passementerie add in the
before and after of the pillow top, below.


The ivory knotted eyelash silk taffeta made its way into several pillows, and the one below is the fanciest, using dangling beads all around.  Because of the layers, this one was pinned, then basted, for each layer of passementerie.

Notes are added to each process photo, below,
if you run your mouse over the image.

The top of the pillow completed, below, and ready to become a pillow!

Many pillow images,  below!

To see many images of sofas and loveseats, go here.
For pages on pillow ideas, go here.
To see our post on the design process, go here.

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