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- 19th c. Corded Wrapped Silk Pin Ball Cushion c. 1830s
19th c. Corded Wrapped Silk Pin Ball Cushion c. 1830s
Very popular in the 1830s, one can find instructions on how to create a "corded pincushion" in the early The American Girl's Book ~ Occupation for Play Hours by Eliza Leslie - "Hints for happy hours, or, Amusement for all ages."
This beautiful example is all silk thread wrapped around vertical cords, similar to the way in which some basket styles are woven. As Eliza encourages, one starts at the center of each side to create the vertical spines. This is followed by the weaving of silk thread row by row, alternating colors to be "handsomely striped".
Condition: Excellent. No thread or stitch loss. Fading appropriate to age and material.