Thursday, February 10, 2011

Pin Pillows

I've been obsessing over pin pillows, or what we now call pincushions, lately - what they were made of, what they were filled with and how they survived so much pinning! I found this cute little ball in Omaha and have found myself going back to it again and again - the colors, the craftsmanship, and the filling - a light, fine sand. Isn't it funny how one small, seemingly insignificant object can give you a wealth of inspiration.

8 comments:

The French Bear said...

what a darling pin pillow....I love it. I have a collection of pin cushions too, which I love but now even more after hearing you call them pin pillows!!! Love that!
Hugs,
Margaret B

Sue said...

Well, I love pincushions as well and that one is sooooo wonderful! I love everything about it:)

Anonymous said...

Covet!

SP

emdot said...

I would love to make pin cushions filled with the correct filling. Do you know where to get the sand?

A bird in the hand said...

Now that's a find! I'm thinking maybe you found it on that trip to an antique place on the day I was leaving Omaha.

Toss pillows said...

That's really awesome! Love those pin pillows! Gotta have one.

Sherri said...

What a wonderful find...thanks so much for sharing this! My great-great grandmothers quilted, and we have several of their quilts but not a single pin cushion from either!

Margaret said...

The silica in the sand keeps the needle sharp.

That's what my mom taught me over 40 years ago.