Since we started Semper Stylish, we have found that lots of people like handmade pillows. We want each one to dress up a room in its own unique way – and so far – so good!

Stenciled pillows
Our stenciled pillows are our biggest seller – thanks to our Cameo Silhouette which makes designing and cutting stencils extremely easy and fast. We can barely keep our local latitude/longitude series of pillows in stock!

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Here are a few other stenciled designs from the past year:

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Appliqued pillows
Karen’s sister Kathy got us started on appliqued state pillows when she was inspired by an article in the March 2012 issue of Country Living.  Easy to make, these pillows can be personalized as a unique and special gift. We have made quite a few of these over the last few months, many as custom orders.

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On Kathy’s last visit, she found these adorable dog-themed pillows on sale at Restoration Hardware.

Using the same applique technique as the state pillows, she made these dog-themed pillows for our shop:

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Since not all dogs are brown, I made a quick trip to the fabric store and found a good variety of dog fur looking prints. So, with that fabric, we’re ready for your custom orders!

Found object pillows
Found object pillows are my favorite to work on – take something you might have thrown away and re-purpose it into a unique pillow.  The center of this pillow was cut from an old typewriter cover that Janice wanted to throw away – it cleaned up beautifully and made a very unique and special pillow.

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And this old, hideous pillow-

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was transformed and modernized into this-

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New ideas
ethanallenblackchevronpillowChevrons are big now, and I want to try some variations of this pillow offered by Ethan Allen – perhaps burlap on black linen, or stenciling a bold color on painters cloth.

ethanallenblackpoempillowI also love this pillow, also offered by Ethan Allen.  I actually found a similar felt fabric (please don’t ask how much I paid for it), and will be making a few of these soon.

If there is pillow you would like to see us making, please let us know – we are always looking for new ideas and design inspirations!

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