Iroquois Pin Cushion Whimsy
An Iroquois crafter created this Pin Cushion Whimsy using Clear Seed Beads and Clear Basket Beads. It is a classic example of the Beaded Whimsy tourist souvenirs. Native American crafters in the border regions between Canada and the United States at the turn of the 20th century created many of these whimsies for the tourist trade.
This Pin Cushion features a botanical design. It comes with three beaded “berry” drops. Unlike the strawberries that held sand for sharpening your sewing needles, stuffing fills these berries. One of them has broken open. Strands of clear beads connect the three berries.
Polished cotton in a rich teal color makes up the back. You will see obvious wear on the edges. Some beads are missing from the pin cushion itself. The bead loss on the berries is obvious. Only two beaded tassels that hung from the berries remain.
This Beaded Pin Cushion will make an unusual addition to your antique or whimsy collection!
It measures 3.5″ square. The overall length measures 5.25″ long.
One of a kind!