At the bottom of the page is a pincushion gallery, and an extra subheading asks, “Why the tomato?”. Yes, why do we have pincushions in the shape of tomatoes? Apparently a tomato on a mantelpiece of a new home was said to ward of evil spirits and bring good luck, and people in their European homes didn’t have fresh tomatoes year round so improvised with little red pouches filled with sawdust. A perfect spot to keep loose pins or needles. I love this sort of domestic history.
So, in honor of the Tomato Pin Cushion, here’s my Etsy picks for today:
|Janet Wecker-Frisch Tomato Pincushion Fabric|