In attempting to avoid rush hour traffic on 222 last week,
I took a detour and stumbled across this little fabric shop in the Leola area.
Look what I found in this lady's shop -
an "Amish Puzzle Ball" pincushion, made by a woman in her 90's who lives in a nursing home in Denver, PA.
It was priced at $3.50. I could cry - how many hours did she spend stitching it, only to sell it for a mere $3.50?? (It makes me wonder if I too will be sitting on the edge of a hospital bed in my last days, stitching for pennies, trying to pay my bills - oh dear!)
I had to go back today and buy the remaining ones. They are stitched out of whatever scraps of fabric she can get her hands on - some vintage, some new. I'm hoping to visit this dear lady and learn how to make these amazing pincushions.
Just love them - the fabric, the colors, the stitching, the pom poms - everything about them!
I had seen this collection of them in Better Homes and Gardens magazine a number of years ago, but had never stumbled across one in person until now. I didn't even know what they were called.