Large Irish stitch pincushion
This substantial pincushion is the sort that might have resided on a sewing worktable or a lady’s dressing table in the eighteenth century. It is firmly filled with wool and backed with vegetable dyed wool fabric. It is not uncommon for functional articles that were used everyday to be attractive as well as useful. Women often exchanged sewing accessories like this one another as tokens of friendship.
Vegetable-dyed worsted thread on linen canvas, approx 5 inches square, excluding tassels