Girly Heart Pincushion
Girly Heart Pincushion once was a salt shaker. She has aged a bit through the years of use. The base is stamped made in Japan, Sterling Silver Overlay.
When I acquired this base, it was destiny to be a fancy pincushion. Of course all the components had to come together.
The heart was cut out of a cranberry microfiber upholstery sample. But it was boring! This was must be bold and different. I came across a piece of frilly girly trim in white and sewed it in place.
Attention to Detail
Still something was missing. Next I visited my bead collection and spotted the pearls. Problem solved. The pearls were individually sewn in place. The heart was joined, stuffed and ready for a base.
This particular girly heart pincushion was made a bit backwards. Normally the base is chosen first, however this time it needed to be last. In sorting through my collection of salt shakers there were only two options that would make this girly heart pincushion complete. Either sterling or glass.
When this sterling silver overlay shaker was spotted, it was a perfect match, dressy but not overly ornate.
This girly heart pincushion measures 10 1/2″ tall and 3 1/2″ from tip to tip of the heart. The base has wooden dowels in the center, helping to keep the heart from flopping sideways.
When this beauty was finished, I thought about how lovely it would be on a dresser holding pearl necklaces or other jewelry, why just pins? Let me know your thoughts on being versatile.
About Raven’s Thyme Pincushions.
Our pincushions are much more than a pincushion. They are also known as a pin keeps or make dos. What we create are much more of a make do, however many people have no idea what that is.
A make do is usually a pincushion that has been created by using a variety of components.
First, we begin with the base which happens to be vintage or antique. It can be a candle stick, sugar/creamer, teapot, salt shakers, ceramic creamer, piece of pottery, shoe etc… As you can see the possibilities are endless. Often times these may sit in waiting for a long time, waiting for the right components.
Often these may be imperfect which I believe adds to the charm of the finished creation.
Next, choosing the fabrics and trim. Normally the beginning point is going through a huge bag of cushions ready to be used. Then to match up with textiles that accent or enhance the base. Once this is completed it’s on to the final step.
Last phase is joining the components together and filling in any missing accents. Here is where the bins of trims come out. The hunt for the finishing touches is in full swing. Often that means also pulling out the buttons (only vintage).
Finally the works of my love and labor are pulled together for another make do.