Unless you sew or are an interior designer or are related to one, the jargon of pillows might seem like Greek to you. In one way this can be nice, you can get pleasantly surprised by the things your finisher creates.
But then again, you can be unpleasantly surprised as well. Let’s say you had been thinking about a box pillow, like the picture above. The needlepoint is prettily on top, and around the edges there are sides, separating the front from the back, like a box.
Instead you get a knife-edge pillow, where the front and back meet without any sides.
This isn’t a problem, both are fine ways to finish pillows, but you wanted one and got the other. To get started, visit Real Simple’s site for a good overview of basic pillow types, with clear pictures.
Knowing how to describe what you want in the terms finishers and interior designers use means that you know have the capability to ask for what you want. To tell your finisher, in exact terms, the kind of things that will inspire her to finish the needlepoint beautifully.
Cheryl’s Needlework Finishing has a marvelous little gallery of many of her finished pillows. Each pillow in the extensive slide show is labeled, telling you about the type of pillow, special treatments and trims type and style.
Look through it, learn about the different types of pillows and finishing and order your needlepoint pillows with confidence.