Vintage Workbox Weights – my first collection

Each pincushion, or Workbox Weight, is made from a combination of stitched evenweave linen and a vintage linen sheet. A dry (raw) rice filling creates a weighty pad, which makes a pleasing thump when you put it down.

The designs are snipped from my original work, cross stitched in stranded cottons (floss) and then appliquéd onto the lovely coarse linen. No two are the same and these will not be repeated.

I have added tiny buttons to the front of each weight so that you can attach a pair of scissors on a cord or ribbon – you will not have to search for your scissors on the floor again!

With the dry rice inside you will be able to use this as a very effective pincushion and the rice will prevent any moisture (you do stick pins in your mouth surely?) from damaging the finish on your pins.

The Workbox Weights vary in size slightly – the largest being 6 x 5in (15 x 12.5cm), the smallest being 4.5 x 4in (11.5 x 10cm)

Each one is supplied boxed, in tissue and with three pearl-effect pins to start you off.




The story of this little treasure

These little linen lovelies grew quite organically after I had been sorting through the boxes of stitched bits and pieces in the attic recently. For those of you not familiar with my situation, I will try to explain…

For the last 30 odd years I have been mixed up with the cross stitch business, and in 1996 I formed The Cross Stitch Guild. In later years we ran The Guild from Pinks Barn until three years ago when the Guild was sold to the marvellous Andrea Thompson, for whom I now work when I am not making things for you. I have swapped my role of MD to be Creative Director of The Guild, which is a rather grand title to have on a business card.

When the CSG moved to its new home, it quite literally did that – an enormous removal van arrived at Pinks and the stock, shelving and display cases for exhibitions were loaded and away it all went. Not quite everything made it to the van and I kept a few little bits and pieces for my stash and some of the special stitched models of my designs. I could not bear to part with everything and these boxes of memories have resided in the attic until now.

Over the past few months I have really got myself sorted out and the attic is finally empty. It’s been a bit of a voyage of discovery playing with my old designs. This makes these dear little weights, or pincushions if you prefer, rather special. There are no more… I had simply the best weekend playing with bits of stitched linen and a French linen sheet and this is what I made that weekend.