A decorative, often frilled cover that slips onto a pillow for a pretty daytime look, it’s a separate pillow that is then popped into a chest or cupboard at night or when not needed. We tend to make these for hotels or homes where there is plenty of help or storage–and then[in the home for the guest bedrooms. On the whole it’s better to keep the main beds as straightforward as possible, leaving such indulgences to rooms with occasional-use.

All embroidery and decorative techniques and finishes, antique laces and vintage materials are especially suited to pillow shams, as these are supposed to be pretty, feminine and romantic. There’s nothing wrong with making a tweed or more masculine pillow sham, but men aren’t really smitten by cushions, however well made, and in fact mostly tend to be irritated by them.


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