Frequently Asked Questions
What makes Queens Gate Design pillows different from any other finished needlepoint pillow?
In one word: materials. We feature the highest quality needlepoint materials available -- and it makes a difference. By choosing superior canvas coupled with our own wool, spun and dyed in the United Kingdom, we can ensure that our finished pillows will last. In addition, while it is possible to use simpler stitches to stitch a pillow, we stitch our pillows using the Victorian cross-stitch, a unique needlepoint stitch that ensures durability and beauty for years to come. The Victorian cross-stitch uses twice the amount of wool, forming a long-lasting piece of art you can enjoy in any space of your home.
Are your pillows stitched by hand or by a machine?
Queens Gate Design pillows are stitched by hand. Our embroiderers are highly skilled and are known for their artisanal stitching on our pillows, international high premier fashion designers, etc.
There is an actual person who stitches the pillow! How long does that take him or her?
Each pillow requires over 100 hours of hand stitching. It's a commitment that we feel strongly about to ensure that each piece passes our strict quality control standards. After all, we are offering art for your home that is an heirloom investment. In addition to stitching the actual design, each pillow features appliquéd cording which is also hand-sewn onto the piece.
Where does the wool come from for your pillows?
One of the materials we are most proud of is our wool. We use our own wool line which is spun and dyed in the United Kingdom. The wool is sourced from a farm in New Zealand. We choose our wool line colors specifically to enhance the Queens Gate pillows, giving us full control over each product from the very beginning stages to its successful, beautiful completion.
Where are the pillows made?
Our pillows are stitched and finished in India. Read more about our partnership with India in our Social Responsibility section!
What is needlepoint? Is it the same as cross-stitch?
Needlepoint as an art form has been around since the ancient Egyptians. It has been mentioned in ancient articles and books, including the Bible. Our needlepoint pillows feature the Victorian-Cross stitch, which is a needlepoint stitch that takes advantage of the double threads in a cross, but is a beautiful needlepoint stitch.
Why should I have needlepoint accent pillows in my home?
The whole beauty of accessory items is they add colour and texture to your overall room design, pulling it together. With the depth of colour and rich designs of your Queens Gate needlepoint pillow, you are adding a sophisticated touch to your space, while adding texture, colour, and dimension in a stunning way.