PieceWork magazine has announced its annual Excellence in Needle Arts Pincushion Contest! First place
winners will be chosen in each of 5 categories, including crochet, knitting, beading,
needlework, and lace-making/tatting.
Come join the excitement! Pincushions are so much fun to design.
They are little; you can try out a new technique, and they are a wonderful way
to connect with the history of crochet.
assistant editor, shared with us a little bit about the pincushion's history.
In the corner of the kitchen windowsill in the farmhouse
where I grew up sat a giant pincushion. You know, the big fat tomato kind,
jammed with a motley assortment of pins and needles, the dangling strawberry
emery long gone. I have the fondest memories from that kitchen-making dolls
from hollyhocks, pitting cherries with a hairpin, mom putting my sister's
knitted 4-H sweater in the oven to dry in time before the county fair-and the
fat tomato pincushion was witness to them all. Apparently, it was the
Victorians who introduced the tomato pincushion to the world.
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