Thank you for your interest in Cottage by Design. My products are made by me, by hand, one at a time with attention to detail. Being a "cottage" business, I am able to give you exactly what you need. It's a new way of shopping... a customized experience that precisely provides what you are looking for. Get the right item, in the right fabric, with the right specifications. I take great pride in what I do. My goal is to meet or exceed your expectations. I welcome custom orders. Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. I look forward to us building a rapport...

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Vintage Needlepoint Pillows

One of my favorite things to collect has been vintage needlepoint pieces. I would always keep an eye out at garage sales, flea markets, and Ebay. I'd look for bouquets of flowers done in pleasing palettes. My heart would race if I happened across petite point. That is the technique of using super small stitching, usually reserved for the highly detailed center image. It always made me feel a little nostalgic for days before TV, when ladies would retire to their needlework at day's end.

 I would re-imagine the tapestry as the focal point of a pillow design. Coordinating velvets, damasks, and fringe would be selected and off to the cottage I'd go. So much fun! The pillow below was made with a piece salvaged from a vintage piano bench. The completed pillow measured a full 36" long.

I knew I was onto something by the response  I'd get from customers. This beauty below barely made it to the shop before she was claimed by an eager shopper. I think it had been out all of 5 minutes before it sold.

Do you have a closet full of needlepoint that you don't know what to do with? Is there a special heirloom made by your favorite Aunt Edna? Let me help you with finishing it into a pillow. It would be my pleasure to do so.  

Prices start at $35 for labor. It includes washing and blocking of your needlepoint piece. Provide your own fabric and trim or use my stash of materials to compliment your unique creation. Email me with any questions. I look forward to hearing from you...

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