Why are pincushions always shaped like tomatoes? Tomatoes are yummy, juicy, and also rot. If one was looking for a natural object to use as a pincushion, surely it would not be a tomato. I decided to ask Google the question and see what sort of answers came my way. According to EHow, pincushions were quite stylish during Victorian times and came in all sorts of shapes such as dolls, shoes, and various vegetables. Once the pincushion was made available to the mass market, the tomato was the chosen form because it was easy to manufacture. Also, because it is in the shape of a sphere, it is just practical. Now it is tradition. But also according to EHow, here are some other reasons the tomato pin cushion came to be. 1. A ripe tomato on the mantel of a new home guarantees prosperity. Because tomatoes were not available year round, a stuffed tomato served as a substitute and later became pincushions. 2. During the Renaissance, tomatoes were evil but could contain evil so they were put on a mantel to keep the bad time away. Again, since they were not always available, a stuffed version could be used and the pins may have been a voodoo addition. That is the answer my quick internet search gave me. Anyone looking for a topic for a school project or paper? Could be interesting research.
Then I started asking myself some more questions like, why do I always use the exact same cotton fabric? Why don't I experiment a little? As you may know from a previous entry, Coupons: Are They Gifts or Pure Evil, I bought some new fabric. I found a really good deal on flannel and decorator fabric. The flannel made really cozy pillows. Nice to snuggle, good for a bed. The decorator fabric was fantastic. I liked cutting it, sewing it, and I love the result. I just should have ironed it BEFORE I sewed it. So many things to learn. I am definitely going to be using this fabric again. I can see why it is a little more expensive but I think the result is a beautiful and sturdy pillow for high traffic areas such as living rooms. I was also thinking that corduroys might be fun to play around with. All in due time...
|Rectangular pillows made from decorator fabric|
look nice on my bed!
|These pillows will also compliment your "Griffin and Sabine Trilogy"|
and vintage Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden books!