The Story Behind This Pincushion
Every pincushion made by Raven’s Thyme has a story. The base used for this pincushion looks very much like a piece of vintage collectible pottery. However, there are no markings on it.
Having said that, it deserved to be extra special. And so it sat on the wooden shelf above my sewing machine for about six years or more.
This Must Have Pincushion was in waiting for the perfectly matched textiles. Finally the day arrived when it accompanied me to the fabric store.
Pulling Everything Together
Frequently I’d admire the depth of the aged patina. Certainly tones not easily reproduced.
A match was made. The base fabric was found. A rich blend of persimmon, salmon and peach was perfect match with the olive-spring green, celery, and golden tan glaze.
It was obvious that the Must Have Pincushion had some age behind it. On the bottom there is a chip which adds to the perfection of this treasure. It was now time for the details to come together.
Once the cushion was formed the top was adorned with a star shape using dark chocolate floss. The center has a two toned brown vintage button.
To accent the cushion and bring all the colors together three rows of prairie points were added. The layers are antiqued deep mustard, spring green and a bit of the base fabric.
To complete this Must Have Pincushion, the bottom was covered with a piece of wool. Completed it measures 5 3/4” tall and 3 3/4” in diameter. One of a kind
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