pin cushion poetry

I met Deborah Heartwick at a Sully Plantation Quilt Show many years ago. We were actually booth neighbors. At that time it was news to me that one could make a career in pin cushions, but in fact, that is exactly what the talented Deb has done.

She originally learned sewing, tailoring and upholstery from a Japanese mentor after earning a design degree in college. Simultaneously she developed an interest in antiques, particularly vintage sewing items.

After many years collecting she has become an authority in this field. As well as having a formidable stash herself, she sells antique items and crafts exquisite pin cushions and emeries. Many of these items are inspired from vintage pieces she owns.

Her items are sold at juried craft shows, museums and a few boutiques.

She is a wealth of information and gives presentations on vintage notions.

I thought you would like a peek into her studio, photos below. Of course, her items are available at the French Needle:

Just goes to show that when you do something very, very, well people will notice !




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  • Jean knower

    Nov 28, 2015

    Jean knower

    I loved this article and would so love to meet Devorah Heartwick. She is a very talented lady and I admire what she does. I have been collecting pin cushions and sewing memorable for many years and treasure these beautiful things.

  • Sandy

    Mar 20, 2014


    I love pincushions too. Your work is beautiful. I have pincushions from my grandmother, a great aunt, my neighbors great, great grandmother and a friend. Most of them are the tomato style but I don’t mind. They still have their pins and needles in them. My dream is to make a living sewing….something. I call all my stuff I collect to sew, my retirement fund.

  • kevin kohl

    Jan 03, 2014

    kevin kohl

    Superb post


    Feb 17, 2013


    I’m also in love with pinchusions ever since I was a little girl and arranged and organized my mother’s pins in her sewing basket.

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