Over a decade ago my dear friend Linda made me a little pin cushion. It was about 4” in diameter and the top of it was made up of squares in a very elegant Japanese gold overlay fabric, the bottom squares were a plain black, and when put together it resembled a biscournu. This little pin cushion became the home for all of my applique pins and the odd needle or two that I was using at the time.
Today I made pin cushion, a little elephant complete with a trunk and tail. It’s funky colours aren’t really ‘my thing’ but I thought at least I’d always be able to find it amongst all my clutter and so I started transferring the pins and needles from one to the other. Eventually ‘Nellie” was fully loaded with pins and needles and the little pin cushion empty – or so I thought.
I really like the style of the pin cushion Linda had made for me and thought I might make one the same, so I started to pull out all of the stuffing through the small hole in the base. Bit by bit the stuffing came out along with one needle after another. There were over 45 needles buried inside my little pin cushion – OMG, over a decade of lost needles now found.
I guess the moral of this story is to squeeze your pin cushion from time to time and check to see if any hidden needles poke their way out, you never know with the price of good stitching needles these days, you just might fine some hidden treasure *wink*.