Pin Cushions

It’s been a busy week in the studio, working on my pieces for Whitby Museum and doing lots of project admin. If you follow me on social media you will have been following my progress on the project so I thought I would share something else with you this week.

I’ve been making and collecting pin cushions for a few years now and my obsession is getting worse! There will also be some pin cushions in my exhibition, Archive & Other Stories.

I was given a beautiful pin box in a bag of fabric and haberdashery about 10 years ago. Around the same time I was asked to teach a patchwork workshop for Buns & Roses WI. Having never done patchwork before, I was shown how to make a a hexagon pin cushion, I was hooked!

Pin Box
Pin Box

Since then I have made so many hexagon pin cushions for myself, as gifts for friends and colleagues and as part of my practice.

On My Desk...
On My Desk…

There are so many types of pin cushions from the traditional tomato design to sweetheart pin cushions. I picked up this beautiful pin cushion doll from a vintage shop in Skipton. I’m hoping to make a fabric dress for her when I get some free time.

Pin Cushion Doll
Pin Cushion Doll

I’m making some memorial pin cushions for my Whitby exhibition and I’ve been selecting pieces from my vintage fabric collection.

Memorial Pin Cushions
Memorial Pin Cushions

There will also be a hexagon pin cushion as a tribute to the start of my obsession.

Hexagon Pin Cushion
Hexagon Pin Cushion

For the last few weeks I’ve been working the the wonderful Ruth Singer as part of Emotional Repair, a stunning exhibition of narrative textiles which features a series of 46 pin cushions dedicated to her aunt.

As part of the project I delivered a series of textile workshops across Burnley. Throughout the project I worked on my own piece of fabric which I’m planning to make into a pin cushion as a memory of the workshops.

Emotional Repair Pin Cushion
Emotional Repair Pin Cushion
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