Some needle lacers use a pillow all the time. The benefit is that it leaves both hands free to control tension on the working thread in the needle. But many lacemakers rarely or never use a pillow. It seems to be a matter of personal preference. Also different shapes are used.
There are two places to find photos of needle lacers using a pillow:
1. my personal website. This page collects links to several online sites where you can see needle lace in process, some with and some without a pillow.
Welcome. Please read all the NOTES. They explain our policies, the laces we include, and how the software works. Join any groups that interest you. Explore our site. If you have any questions, contact me and I'll try to help.