I love pillows. I have always loved pillows and quilts and blankets and all things cozy and soft. I always enjoy strolling through the pillow aisles in department stores, or examining the elaborate quilting and embroidery on the ones at anthropologie (such an inspiring store--I love to go there for ideas!).
A couple weeks ago my mom and I took our annual June trip to New York City to go around and have a girl day, and I saw a few beautiful floor seats in Shabby Chic's Soho store. They were basically large cube floor pillows covered with layers of appliqued fabrics in rich colors with metallic thread embroidery. I think I might try to make a few and put them in my store... or keep them. :)
One day last winter at anthropologie, I was browsing in the bedding area of the store, and I saw a magnificent natural (white) knitted afghan. It was knit with extremely chunky singles yarn (meaning the fiber was spun only once, rather than having numerous spun strands called "plies" spun together into the final yarn). I loved the way the thick singles yarn knitted up into lush cream cables. The afghan was draped sumptuously over the edge of a chair, and I liked how the yarn had been knit loosely to encourage this dramatic drape. Not one to discard a perfectly incredible bit of knitting inspiration, I filed the idea away in my head.
About a month ago, then, I decided that I absolutely had to knit a cream-colored pillow in thick singles yarn. I wanted to capture the spirit of that afghan which had been so luxurious in its simplicity. So, a trip to the yarn store and a few hours of happy knitting later,
To make them, I begin by knitting the front of the pillow, then sewing two pieces of cotton fabric onto the back of the knitted front, sewing on grosgrain ribbon so that the back can be tied up into a pretty bow after a pillow form which I sew is tucked inside. I try to make the pillows as overstuffed as possible, because it makes them wonderfully inviting. I think the lovely yellow and white striped fabric is an unexpected delight on the backs of the pillows and makes them more interesting.
I'd love to hear your pillow stories. Do you love pillows? Do you have a favorite pillow in your home? Have you ever tried to make one? What is most important when it comes to pillows? Where do you put them in your home?
Have a lovely Monday afternoon! More to come soon, including some exciting news!