March 23, 2012
A couple of years ago, my daughters and I were searching through a little antique shop for a gift and saw a bunch of tiny walnut pincushions. These were so miniature and sweet that I decided to make them that year for Christmas. Cracking the walnut in half is the most difficult part of this project, but, If you can manage it, the rest is as easy as can be!
Side view of my walnut pincushion
Brief Description: These tiny walnut pincushions make unique gifts. Trifles like these also are excellent additions to miniature collections and novelty boxes.
1. one cleaned walnut split in half and hollowed out.
2. tiny pincushion template
4. decorative button
5. small handful of cotton stuffing
6. a small swatch of woven check or plaid
7. tacky white glue
- Cut a piece of woven check fabric after drawing around the template provided. (3 inch diameter circle)
- Sew a loose straight stitch around the edge of the fabric circle.
- Gently pull the end of the thread in order to create a pouch for the cotton to be stuffed.
- Stuff the cotton in firmly and sew the edges tightly down around the stuffing.
- Sew on a button for decoration.
- Stuff the walnut half with cotton and then glue the tiny pin cushion on top of the walnut.
Top view of my walnut pincushion.
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March 21, 2012
Above is an antique “hooked” pin cushion that belonged to my mother-in-law.
A pincushion is a small cushion, typically 3-5 cm across, which is used in sewing to store pins or needles with their heads protruding so as to take hold of them easily, collect them, and keep them tidy. Pincushions are typically filled tightly with stuffing, so as to hold pins rigidly once placed. The stereotypical design – a tomato with a strawberry attached – seems to have been around forever but, most likely, was introduced during the Victorian Era.Typically, the tomato is filled with wool roving to prevent rust, and the strawberry is filled with an abrasive to clean the pins and keep them sharp.
My favorite pincushion is a half doll (above) that was given to me by my great aunt. I’ll include links of these prickly beauties below. Some of them have been dismantled. With the price of needles these days, it’s no wonder. One must, from time to time, retrieve the lost and buried just to pinch a few pennies!
- Yo Yo Pincushion (cutoutandkeep.net)
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- Finger Pincushion (quiltobsession.wordpress.com)
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March 14, 2012
I crafted this papier-mâché doll from processed pulps and
wood glue many years ago. I based the design on a vintage pin
cushion, pictured below.
The top half of her body is made from papier-mâché
and the lower half from scrap fabrics.
Here is a photograph of her back side. I used old lace
and vintage satin ribbon to dress her properly.
My great aunt gave me this half doll pin cushion for
Christmas one year when I was a very young girl.
Eventually, I had to replace the old
satin skirt with a new one.