|the silk, which is very thin, is quite faded on the top|
|the bottom section is less faded and sits on a glass base. not sure if the lace is crochet or part tatted.|
|here it is removed from it's glass base which has quite a jagged age. it was not glued but just stitched over the base. there were many needles found in the stuffing.|
I, kidding, said that the glass base looked like a weapon. Maybe some violence was committed and the pin cushion was made to hide the evidence. My imagination goes wild sometimes.
|just another view|
The second pin cushion is in much better shape. It is quite large (about 6 - 7" in diameter) and very hard to the touch. I imagine it is filled with emery. The lace piece was obviously moved from one side of the pincushion to the other, as you'll see in the images. The lace is a tape style bobbin lace and there is needle lace done in the center of each motif.
|tape and needle lace doily over the satin like cloth pin cushion.|
|the reverse side of the pincushion where the doily originally was secured and the cloth exposed has faded leaving the doily pattern.|
Margaret has lots of interesting vintage items left to her from family members and I love that she shares them with us. If you have any experience with these type items or have any idea what that fiber is in the first image, please share.