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Thread: European Feather Pillows

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    I made these yesterday out of an antique goose down feather bed that had belonged to a friend's mother. Now to make monogrammed shams to put over them.
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    I love feather pillows .... though you have me wondering what makes these European? .... were the geese from the continent? :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

    Seriously .... please do tell what's the European slant on this?
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    The square shape and certain size make them "European". It's just a term from the domain of bed linens.

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    In Europe (at least the German-speaking areas) this is the shape of the pillows. Very nice!

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    They will be wonderful to use with the shams

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    Cool project btw!

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    They are nice,

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    Please show us your shams when they are finished.

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    One of my best friends is from Heidelberg, Germany and I loved the pillows on her guest bed. A friend in Mississippi said she would share an antique feather bed her grandmother made with me, and I took advantage of it. The geese were southern domestic geese. :) The pillows are 26" square and quite plump. Thanks for the kind words. Sure wish I had tidied up a bit before I snapped the picture though. Ha.

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    Hi and welcome to the board from Iowa. I love your pillows and look forward to seeing the shams you create as well (smile). Thanks for sharing.

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    that is great! Have fun! I am looking forward to seeing a picture when you are done.

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    Wow they are sure stuffed...I take it they are for looks only and not to sleep on? Keep posting...

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    To my certain knowledge, the Dutch and French use square pillows too. Here in the UK, rectangular is more the norm. But then we don't like to admit to being a part of Europe. :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by frauhahn
    In Europe (at least the German-speaking areas) this is the shape of the pillows. Very nice!
    Yes Frau Hahn, I remember those as a little girl in Germany. My mom would "dent" right in the center and say it was perfect that way. I love that you made those. How on earth did you do that? Did you have feathers every where? Those are too sweet! :thumbup:

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    Certainly the French do not use only square pillows - We have bought all our rectangular (feather and down) pillows locally here with no problem at all.
    Alot of our French friends buy them and prefer them to square ones. Good bed linen ranges also carry pillowslips in both rectangular and square shapes.

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    My friend and I did the "feather transfer" in the back 40 of her cow pasture so when the wind blew up unexpectedly, it really didn't matter. Did have to spit out a few though. One cannot talk and do this. I plan to have these up against the headboard more for show.

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    feather pillows are my favorites! they are sooo comfey, and you can wash them, too!

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