This pillow is pieced from neckties that are Christmas designs. I had a lot of fun pieceing it in the fall of 2007 and did all the embellishing that winter into 2008. I finally put it all together as a pillow before Christmas this year. It is backed with black velvet. I may add some tassels ??? But haven't decided yet. I really enjoyed 'filling up' all the space with the embellishing.