Cotton, polyester, plastic, metal
Overall: 3 1/2 x 3 in. ( 8.9 x 7.6 cm )
printed: on underside of spool: "OMEGA / Polyester covered / Core thread / 200 yd. 182.8m / Made in / U.S.A."
Pincushion in the shape of a mushroom handmade from a spool of thread beneath a dome-shaped piece of ethafoam covered with a white polka dot fabric. Five pins, two securing buttons, are embedded in the pincushion.
This pin cushion and other items were purchased from New York Exchange for Woman's Work during the last week of its operation in February, 2003. The Exchange was founded in 1878 by Candace Wheeler and Mary Atwater Choate to provide respectable women who needed to earn living, particularly Civil War widows, a viable means for supporting themselves. The exchange was forced to close in 2003 due to high overhead and a waning market for handmade goods.
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