My first pillow prototypes were woven and sewn in haste when I received the kind of offer that can’t be refused – that of being in a feature film. I had the dyed warp ready and the pillows were on an ever-growing list yet to be checked off. Until that call, of course. While the film was shooting for a month, I had some time to source the inserts and decide whether or not to carry the “eco-friendly” recycled bottle variety. Coming from the contract home furnishings industry, I vowed that no new polyester would cross the threshold of my studio. So I scoured the interweb in search of a local, sustainable option that I could feel good offering with my products. And then I found Cece’s Wool. Based in upstate NY, Cece’s Wool is a supplier of wool pillow inserts that partner with local farms who believe in sustainable agriculture. The inserts I choose are encased in organic cotton muslin, and the production is done in Herkimer, NY, at a developmental disability work center. After receiving a sample of the insert, it wasn’t a difficult decision! It’s been some time since I’ve turned my studio into a sewing factory of 1, but I’m definitely happy to share these and hopefully more to come!