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Tuesday, July 19, 2022

An Old Trusted Helper ...

 Hello my dear friends,

when I was a teenager and loved to sew my own clothes I bought myself my first pincushion. 

 You know, the old trusted helper in the shape of a tomato and it's little sidekick strawberry. 

I still have and use it today and it has now inspired me to make my own design of it, just tweeked a little to make it my style. My favorite tomatoes are the heirlooms tomatoes, I just love the way they look so that is what I wanted to create, a heirloom tomato pincushion. It took me a few tryouts at first but once I had a shape that I was happy with and my first tomato 'grew' quickly. 

I used some of the beautiful green velvet from the curtain valance I had found for the tomato and the little sidekick strawberry was made from some new red velvet. I filled both with crushed walnut shells to keep any needles and pins sharp and some hand dyed seam binding became the greenery. Hapy me of course I couldn't just make one tomato now, could I, so I 'grew' another one, this time from the that beautiful golden colored velvet.

And here is my newest 'harvest', my newest pincushions, my heirloom tomatoes.

Glorious in green ...

... and bold in gold!

I haven't made the little sidekick strawberry for this one just yet, something to do this evening and who knows, maybe another tomato might 'grow' too. 

I hope you like my newest work. I will be listing these pincushions in my Etsy shop in a few days as a 'made to order' item if you are interested in one of my heirloom fruits.

It is so nice that you have stopped by here today and I hope you have enjoyed your visit.

I hope you are well my dear friends and life is being kind to you.

Have a peaceful and creative day.


  1. Karen yours are so much cuter and nicer material. I remember my mom and grandmother having one of the tomato pin cushions. I think every household had one or two. Great job with your creative self to make your version. Very pretty. xoxo Kris

  2. Thank you so much for your kind words Kris. Hugs.