Wednesday, January 13, 2010

We Love...

...Amish puzzle ball pincushions. The antique versions of these wonderful little pieces of  art are not easy to find, especially on the west side of the US. So far I have only been able to find two after several years of searching local antiques shops and shows. I know next to nothing about their history as a pincushion, but they are perhaps more recognizable nowadays as a baby toy. They are perfect for little hands to grab onto;  I even found one at Target a couple of years ago as a dog toy! Patterns to make them are readily available, although our favorite is in a wonderful book by Maggie Bonanomi, called With These Hands. Maggie lives in Lexington, Missouri and creates wonderful  primitive sewing projects using natural and antique fabrics. Our favorite projects are her pincushions, especially the wonderful puzzle balls, which she shows you how to make in detail in her book.

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