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Needlepoint to pillow

MargaretAnn | Posted in General Discussion on

Dear Sr. Tracey

It now occurs to me that your question was addressed to Artaine, not me.  Sorry!  That was more than you wanted to know.



  1. SisterT | | #1

    That is okay--your point is well taken.  I was not thinking about the special care that needlepoint requires, and I am glad you said something.  It just seems like such a shame that people put hours into some beautiful work and it ends up as cushions or footstools.

    Sr. Tracey

    1. rjf | | #2

      Please don't feel that covering a pillow or a footstool with needlepoint is a waste.  Needlepoint is so sturdy that it will last forever (almost).  I have a pillow and a footstool made by my grandmother at least 40 years ago and the needlepoint on each is in fine shape.  The pillow's stuffing has disintegrated (must be the first version of shredded foam rubber) but to touch and use the things she made seems to keep the connection alive more than looking at the pieces behind glass.     rjf 

      1. SisterT | | #3

        Oops.  Foot in mouth time.  I have rescued and taken apart needlepoint footstools and cushions when they have come in here, cleaned, blocked and re-stuffed them and sent them on to new owners. 

        In our house we are divided into two camps--those who like decorative cushions and footstools and those who think they are uncormfortable and in the way and something more original could be done with all of that nice needlework.  In the spirit of self-preservation, I will refrain from disclosing my position.   :)


        1. rjf | | #4

          Well, "comfortable" shouldn't preclude "decorative" but there are times when the opposite* doesn't work.  We all need some of each and I guess we get to decide for ourselves which is which.  As long as we know we're only deciding for ourselves.   rjf

          *I have some reservations about the corsets we saw recently.  They look great but can they really be comfortable?  Not a value judgment!  Just a question.

          1. SisterT | | #5

            I'll have decorative pillows in the house LONG before anyone will see me wearing one of those corsets!!!   :)    :)

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