I started collecting these wonderful cuties when I was given my first one as a gift by my brother Dave and sister-in-law Wendy more that 15 years ago. There are rules to the collection: the pincushions are ceramic, fun, and include a retractable measuring tape. Often called “sewing caddies”, they may also have a slot for a small pair of scissors, a peg for a thimble, or a small dowel for a spool of thread.
I love that these relics represent a time when every woman mended clothing by hand and needed ready access to sewing tools. And I think this particular girl looks like me, so I’m taking this as my blog avatar.
Here are just a few more.