STYLE PINCUSHIONS -
I have always been intrigued by the wonderful and often
whimsical pincushions that were created by women long
ago. I have taken my own "folk art" liberties
in the designs, feeling that it is well within the
nature of these pieces. Historically strawberries and
birds figure prominently as well as pincushions on
pedestal bases - usually these were created from broken
and saved glass oil lamp bases in the spirit of making
use of everything. I have instead chosen to make my
own bases of turned wood treated to look in character.
My bird pincushion has the added feature of a spindle
for spools of thread. Stuffed with the best fine wool
for preserving needles and pins.
SORRY ALL 5 OF THE PINCUSHION KITS AND FINISHED VERSIONS ARE NOW SOLD OUT AND DISCONTINUED. PLUS THE MINI STRAWBERRY BELOW.
to make these pincushions contain all the velvets (or other
fabrics needed) and wood parts, real wool stuffing and
notions to make them. All you will need is finish for the
wood - this is explained in detail in the kit.
|Bird Kit $45 SOLD OUT
Finished Bird Pincushion no longer available
$45 SOLD OUT
Finished Strawberry Pincushion no longer available
Round Pedestal Kit $45 SOLD OUT
Finished Round Pincushion no longer available
Pear Kit $45 SOLD OUT
Finished Pear Pincushion no longer available
Kit $45 SOLD OUT
Finished Crazy Quilt Pincushion no longer available
This is just like the larger
one above, even with its own turned wood base, but is only
2" tall. Just right for gifts or for a doll. Comes in
tidy little brown gift box.
Tiny boxed kit $18.00 No longer available
Finished Tiny Strawberry Pincushion no longer available
Style Spindle Pincushion - This was made from
an actual Shaker piece I have in my collection. Designed
to be decorative or used as it once was to hold needles,
pins & spools of threads. Both kits and finished
ones have aged wooden spools with brightly colored flosses
wound. A great way to utilize your favorite vintage scrap
of cloth on the pincushion - fabric is included with
all other materials but you might prefer your own. 6-1/2" tall.
Kit for Spindle Pincushion $54 Add
Finished Spoolrack Pincushion
no longer available
LADIES HOME SEWING COMPANION - A PINCUSHION DOLL
A doll sewing caddy/pincushion
taken from antique ones (the concept), a cookie cutter
woman I love from an antique collection (the outline)
and antique paper doll styles of the late 1800's (the
underwear look). Body outlines, hair and face designs
are silkscreened on to body fabric, but you can use the
paper patterns included to make more dolls. There is
not much machine work as most of the doll is finished
by hand. Her arms will be drawn and sewn from the arm
pattern and her skirt is stuffed to become part of her
whole figure. The apron, which has a pocket for small
scissors, and her bodice are appliqued on. The needle
keeper (shaped like an old-fashioned pocket once worn
around the waists to hold various everyday sundries,
especially sewing tools); and the strawberry emery hang
from her waist. Her broad hips become the pincushion.
All of her features and hair are simple and relaxing
embroidery. Under everything are wood forms to define
her shape and give her standing presence. Her oval wooden
base has two spool spindles fitted out with old-style
wooden spools which you wind with thread for display
or you can use the spindles for your own actual sewing
threads. If you wish to make more and do not have or
wish to purchase the additional wooden parts or silkscreened
bodies, you can use the included patterns to make your
own. She is intended to be solidly stuffed with wool
(the best pincushion stuffing), but you can use wool
for upper parts down to below hips and other stuffing
for lower skirt.
Dolls no longer available.
FULL KIT - Has all fabrics,
wood pieces, silkscreens and supplies.
Full Kit in Browns $84 Add
Full Kit in Blues $84 Add
Decorative Scissors for Pocket $15 Add
MINI KIT - Has all wood pieces,
silkscreens and supplies - you supply your own fabrics.
EXTRA WOOD PARTS $38 Add
EXTRA SILK SCREEN BODIES $4.00 Add
WOOL STUFFING - Necessary wool stuffing (8 yds) $7 Add
NEW! THE PINCUSHION DOLL AS PATTERN ONLY $18 Add
Make this charming pincushion doll using all your own materials. There are supplementary instructions to cover either cutting your own
wood pieces or making just the doll part with no base using heavy cardboard. A pattern is given for tracing the embroidery for face and hair. Recommended to use the Basic Doll Body Fabric sold on my Fabrics page - $7.50/yd Add
to Cart and the Wool Stuffing sold above.
NEW PINCUSHIONS ~ Kit or Pattern
I have always been drawn to hex quilts and my Hitty customers will know I have included hex quilts in Hitty scale for years. Recently I saw some made in canning jar lids, but not content with that because I wanted more color expression that using my older sewing-pincushion top box idea, that would be just my style. So here is a new pincushion kit, really easy to do with nearly all handwork with the hexes supplied in the kit printed on reusable freezer paper. Pincushions are stuffed with wool (also in the kit) and all is over a foundation of a round paper box, included. The kit only has one fabric combination as shown, but to inspire you to see the possibilities to use your own scraps, I made up 6 more for the picture below.
Kits $38 Add to Cart
Pattern/Instructions Only - If you want to gather all your own materials this may be for you. $18 (includes freezer paper hexes). Add to Cart
STYLE SEWING BOX SET
With so much emphasis on sewing in dollmaking,
it is no wonder dollmakers are also attracted to old
fashioned sewing accessories made from scraps and materials
at hand to protect and hold safe these precious items.
I have gathered together a pincushion top sewing box
with attached strawberry emery, two needle cases, a flat
style tomato pincushion, and a scissors case. Available
in pattern only version, limited edition kit and finished
as a special gift for yourself or for someone else. Kit
has all materials including the papier-mache foundation
box, vintage style mixed prints, wool roviing to stuff
both pincushions, buttons, and other notions. Finished
sets are made up in either reproduction fabrics or vintage
fabrics as shown above and include fancy snipping scissors
in the 7-piece sets.
Pattern Only $12.00 Add
Papier-Mache Box $4.00 Add
Limited Edition Kit $48.00 Sorry, not available
at this time.
Finished Finished Vintage Sewing Sets no longer available.
CD of an online
class to make all of the items in this pattern or kit
with many photos and extra how-to's. $12 (New Lower
SEWIES FOR ACCESSORIES (scaled for dolls) ~
These items come as a very
sweet and fun kit for small dolls or
items can be ordered finished. Early
American ladies spent much time on their needlework
which was often kept in their pockets (a pouch that
hung from their waists).
This is a set of fancy working miniature brass scissors
and a set of patterns for a tiny scissors case, flat
tomato pincushion and a strawberry emery. All items
are well under an inch and easy to make from your silk
(or cotton) scraps. They are nice to hang from doll's
apron waist on a silk ribbon.
Kit with Scissors $15 Add
Scissors alone $6.95 Add
Finished Set of tomato pincushion,
scissors case with scissors and emery $32 Add
This is the set
that the Pattern will make.