The Embroidery Dad
When you speak with George Pelikan about his custom Pet Portrait Pillows, the thing that stands out most is how much he cares about what he does. How he works to get the eye colors just right, how he makes sure the whiskers show up just right. In the end, he's not a guy who's making a cotton casing filled with duck feathers, he's a guy who's preserving a memory that's filled with a lifetime of love.
Maybe that's why, since the start of 2019, the single most-visited item in the Virginia Living Store is the Pet Portrait Pillow. In case you don't know how it works, you can upload a photo of your pet, or a loved one's pet, and George will work with you to perfectly prepare the image. Once you've given your final approval, he fires up his 16-spool embroidery machine and renders a perfectly sewn likeness onto the cotton cover.
Just recently, George has revealed his new customizable creation: The Virginia Pillow, now exclusively available through the Virginia Living Store. George and his daughter Kate have expertly prepared some iconic Virginia images that you can pair with a city or a family name to create a gorgeous (and super comfortable) keepsake.
One thing The Embroidery Dad is fond of pointing out is that his embroidery machine is "powered by the sun." And it's true, as a career electrician, energy conservation is something that has become vitally important to George over the years, and he's found a way to collect energy through solar panels that he uses to power the sewing for every pillow he makes.
Given the warmth and the care that George brings to his work, it only seems natural;-)