Wednesday, March 2, 2011

A signature pillow -- no, signatures pillow -- 1901


This was described to me as a friendship pillow. Signatures, in all sorts of colors and heading in every direction, cover one side of this 110-year-old pillow from the Midwest. What's neat is the handwriting is different for each one. I guess the friends would sign the pillow and then a person or persons handy with needle and thread  would sew the signatures to match what was written.

2 comments:

  1. Love yr blog. I have two tablecloths that I inherited from my mom that are covered in the embroidered signatures of friends that look basically just like this pillow. This is the first time ive seen another. Always wondered if this was a common practice or a regional thing or just a one-off. Never seen others until now. Thanks for posting!

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  2. Thanks for that information. I guess friendship textiles are a little known form of folk art.

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