Handmade Pincushion No 44


Part of the Found and Foraged Collection. We make our lives better with special pieces like these. May we never stop making.

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Each of these handmade pincushions are completely unique, no two are ever alike. The bases are created by ceramic artist Kristen Ballou, and the tops are created by me. A small, but important sewing supply that adds beauty to your creative space, and truly feels comforting to hold in your hand.

The shapes for Kristen’s pieces are inspired by the every day Japanese teacup. “Yunomi” is your favorite cup and is the one you reach for most. Its comforting to hold in your hand, a pleasure to use. Using porcelain clay, her cups are made using a variety of glazes. The glaze of this pincushion is deep blue/green with a glossy finish. Two small holes are threaded with a blue Perle cotton and a 3 beads. There is a cute dimple on one side of the base (see photos)

The tops of this collection are hand done cyanotype printed velvet. Also known commonly as “sun prints”, it requires a multi-step process of first treating the fabric with the appropriate chemicals to facilitate the reaction to the sun. The prints are various bits of foliage native to the Pacific Northwestern United States. The top of this one its primarily a dark blue with Nandina leaf prints.

Keep this special pincushion on your work table to remind you of the time honored tradition of beautiful, thoughtful handwork.

  • Approx. 2 3/4″ tall x 2″ in diameter
  • Base- Lightly glazed white and wheat-colored porcelain
  • Top- Cynotype printed velvet


The Wise Craft Handmade Found and Foraged Collections are handmade, small and limited. Always thoughtful and special.

Weight 4.3 oz
Dimensions 3 × 3 × 3 in

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