A home for pins

A plump cloth pouch held in a dec­o­ra­tive con­tainer cre­ates a pretty cush­ion for safely stor­ing sharp needle­work essen­tials

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“Like any good per­for­mance, sewing needs its props, and the tools used by women to pre­pare and ex­e­cute their work were often ob­jects of art in their own right”

s iTTing se­cureLy in a loved item of crock­ery, a stuffed pad pro­vides a home for var­i­ous pins and nee­dles. A jug, mug, small teapot or even a tin are ideal hold­ers, and mak­ing the pin­cush­ion is a pleas­ing project to while away an af­ter­noon. The amount of fill­ing re­quired will de­pend on the size of the cho­sen con­tainer, but a round steel kitchen scourer keeps its shape well and can en­sure nee­dles re­main sharp. A mix­ture of one part sand and two parts saw­dust is a tra­di­tional fill­ing, suit­able for smaller pin­cush­ions. First, the fill­ing is placed in the cen­tre of a clean white hand­ker­chief or scrap of ma­te­rial. The cor­ners are pulled up to­gether and a piece of string tied tightly above the stuff­ing. At this point, the pin­cush­ion can be placed in the open­ing of the con­tainer to test for size and fill­ing added or re­moved un­til it fits. Once sat­is­fied, a sec­ond, colour­ful piece of ma­te­rial is wrapped around the pouch and se­cured as be­fore. If the cush­ion does not en­tirely fill its con­tainer, some scraps of fab­ric are stuffed in first. Enough is used to sup­port the cush­ion and en­sure it does not drop to the bot­tom of the pot when pres­sure is ap­plied. Fi­nally, it is in­serted into the top of the holder, to stand slightly proud, and filled with pins and nee­dles for later use.

Let­ter from Mrs Trench to Mrs Lead­beater, May 1811

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