Saturday, March 8, 2008

My fondness for pincushions..........

........goes back many years. I collect them, not the mint condition, pristine should be in a museum kind...........the much loved and well used are what I like. You know, the ones with character and history. The pincushions I use the most are wool, one was a pumpkin and the other an apple. They have since lost their leaves....but they are sturdy little workhorses....even held their shape after being thrown across the room in a fit of frustration when the sewing machine doesn't do what I want it to.(I prefer to stitch by hand with tiny needles) I colorize my pins and have been made fun of on numerous occasions for doing so.......there aren't many in the pincushion right now, they are holding little critters that are waiting to be sewn together.


So, imagine my joy while browsing through a local antique shop I found this old velvet tomato.............I pick it up and turned to my sister........."look, someone else colorized their pins". She rolled her eyes and continued to look at the antique books. I bought it and brought it home.....I have a kindred spirit somewhere in time, I thought. Not only did they colorize their pins, they arranged them by size..........


Yesterday the new Home Companion was in the mailbox. I brought it in and sat down with a cup of coffee and started to spend time doing something other than what I should have.............and lo and behold. I came across this ad and while it is a lovely ad and product, my excitement came from the pincushion..................another kindred spirit. It's nice to know you're not alone in the world

I guess I should get back to work so I can colorize my pins when I put them back in the pincushion.


Barb

4 comments:

Nancy said...

Hi Barb: Love your blog...and your pincushions! I have a place in my heart for them as well...A couple of years ago, I hand-stitched 100 for a class I was teaching. I still can't believe I did that, but I, like you, do most things by hand and love it.

Looking forward to visiting again.
Nancy

Lana said...

Barb, I love pincushions, collect them, and colorize my pins in the pincushion that I use with my work! Your new / old velvet pincushion is a beaty!

Sarah rolled her eyes at you??? I can't imagine..... (oh dear, jean is rubbing off on me, lol!)

Ulla said...

What a sweet blog you have! I love that you collect those pin-cushions others no longer want... and colorizing the pins just brings out the artist in you! Delightful!!!

Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups said...

What a fun story!