Saturday, March 15
10:00 – 1:00
Weighted pincushions were suggested by many mid-19th century home magazines and were used almost anywhere without worrying about the heavy fabrics sliding off the work table. Bricks, lead and even wood were used to produce these pincushions.
According to Miss Leslie's Lady's House-book in 1850
"It is too heavy to overset, and far superior to a screw pincushion, which can only be fixed to a table with a projecting edge. A brick pincushion can be set anywhere, even on a chair; and enables the person who has pinned on it her sewing, to sit always in an upright posture, which is a great advantage; as to be obliged to stoop incessantly over your work, is extremely injurious to health.
All mantua-makers and seamstresses should be provided with brick pincushions. They can be made at a very trifling cost: and, with renewed coverings, will last twenty years or more."