Dressmaker Pincushion

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Made in Castleton, Vermont

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This is what I call a Dressmaker's Pincushion. I got the idea for it from one that I saw in an antique store. It was covered with layers of dust and grime, but had been loving crafted by someone that had decided to make herself a pincushion to stick her hat pins in. She had constructed it with 7 tin cans stuck together and then she carefully covered it in a quilter's cotton batting and then carefully sewed a cover for it. I went wild with the idea of it as a display of beautiful needlework.

This is exactly what I have done to make this unique and one-of-a-kind pincushion, though I originally filled the soda cans with crushed walnut shell filling part way to weight it and then the rest of the way with polyfill batting stuffed tightly on top of the well-packed walnut shell filling. I then carefully wrapped in in batting and covered it with cotton. I then created a crazy quilted wool covering for it, displaying fancy embroidery stitches to embellish its seams.

It is really a needlework art piece and isn't as durable as I had hoped as today's cans, especially soda cans are not as strong as they used to be. Wool stretches as well and so more stuffing was added to be sure that its cover was snug. I don't believe that this decreases the value, but rather want to tell potential buyers that this piece is meant for gentle use to display hat or fancy pins. It is truly a piece of artwork created for display! The usual cleaning of such fabric sculptures using roller tape must be done with a light touch.

Although it isn't as strong as I had hoped, it is a beautifully made piece of needlework and a collector's treasure. I am selling it at a bargain price for all the work and uniqueness of this needlework piece. I treasure it but don't have a glass display case for such a piece.

I did make a sister of this work that was photographed for the advertisement for a special art show, and the person hosting the show bought it for herself afterwards. It was another collector's piece and is used strictly as art. It must be noted that wool work will fade if not keep away from direct sunlight. This piece is worth far more than my asking price, but like I said, I have no special case to display it properly. I have taken pictures of it and am very proud of this piece.

Diameter at widest--8 inches across
Height: 6.75 inches tall
Weight: 2 lbs 5 oz.

Extra shipping costs have been added as this will require some very careful packing to have it arrive in good condition. I will be happy to refund any extra not needed and won't ship it without insurance.

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