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Object Name: Pincushion
Date: 2003
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Medium: Cotton, polyester, plastic, metal
Dimensions: Overall: 3 1/2 x 3 in. ( 8.9 x 7.6 cm )
Place made: North America, United States
Description: Pin cushion in the shape of a mushroom handmade from a spool of thread beneath a dome-shaped piece of ethafoam covered with orange-checked cotton gingham. Three pins and a safety pin are embedded in the pincushion.
Credit Line: Purchase
Object Number: 2003.16.1
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Marks: printed: on underside of spool: "OMEGA / Polyester covered / Core thread / 200 yd. 182.8m / Made in / U.S.A."

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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.


"Home Sewn: Three Centuries of Stitching History," New-York Historical Society, November 18, 2003-April 18, 2004.