Exquisite Hand-Painted Pincushion & Tape Measure

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This is a particularly lovely vintage piece of stitching clutter was spotted when I visited Betty & Violet (my favourite shop in Broadway, Worcestershire) and I had to have it. I must admit to a bit of repair work because the silk covering on both ends of the pincushion was in shreds. The cushions were stuffed with wonderfully bristly horsehair, so I covered this with hand-dyed pure wool felt from Jean Oliver of Oliver Twists. The silk tape-measure is retractable but no longer displays any measurements as it is much faded. I am leaving adding inches or centimetres to the lucky buyer!

This could be made from bovine or vegetable ivory – I am sure that it is too early to be faux ivory. This treasure measures 2.5 x 3.5in (6.5 x 9cm).


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The story of this little treasure

I am endlessly fascinated by stitchy things, both antique and modern. I think that the book that sparked my interest in antique items was Antique Needlework Tools and Embroideries by Nerylla Taunton (published by the Antique Collectors Club in 1988). Sadly, the book is out of print but it is worth keeping an eye out for a second-hand copy. I have noticed it at needlework fairs from time to time. If you are interested in old needlework tools, this will prove an invaluable source.