Pin Cushion

1733 (made)
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Not currently on display at the V&A

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This decorative pincushion was knitted on fine steel needles. It is made from cream silk and silver gilt thread in patterned stocking stitch. The initials 'EW' appear on one side, with the date '1733' on the other. The formal and symmetrical decoration includes flower and bird motifs.

The pincushion was knitted in two pieces. The person who made it then sewed the pieces together and covered the seams with braid.
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read The history of hand-knitting While the origins of knitting are unclear, we know it has been practised in many different parts of the world, over many centuries, producing objects of great beauty as well as items fulfilling practical needs. When done by hand, it has used simple tools, such as hand-carved sticks of wood...
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Materials and Techniques
Hand-knitted silk and silver-gilt thread
Brief Description
Pin cushion of hand-knitted silk and silver-gilt thread, England, 1733
Physical Description
Pin cushion in the shape of a small rectangular cushion, and made from cream silk and silver-gilt thread in patterned stocking stitch and decorated with motifs of birds, plants and geometric forms. The seams are covered with braid. The initials 'E W' appear on one side and the date '1733' on the other.
Dimensions
  • Length: 16cm
  • Width: 4.5in
  • Width: 10.5cm
Gallery Label
5. LARGE PINCUSHION Hand-knitted silk and silver-gilt thread English, dated 1733 Both sides of this oblong pincushion are knitted in patterned stocking stitch. The reverse has an octagonal motif containing stylized carnations with four peacocks and the initials 'EW'. It is edged with plaited silver gilt cord to cover the join between the two halves. Bequeathed by Mr Frank Ward T.251-1960(1985)
Credit line
Bequeathed by Frank Ward
Summary
This decorative pincushion was knitted on fine steel needles. It is made from cream silk and silver gilt thread in patterned stocking stitch. The initials 'EW' appear on one side, with the date '1733' on the other. The formal and symmetrical decoration includes flower and bird motifs.



The pincushion was knitted in two pieces. The person who made it then sewed the pieces together and covered the seams with braid.
Bibliographic Reference
Hinchcliffe, Frances (ed.), Knit One, Purl One : Historic and Contemporary Knitting from the V&A's Collection. V&A, London, 1985p.12
Collection
Accession Number
T.251-1960

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record createdJanuary 5, 2005
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