Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Puzzle Ball ~ a not-so-Simple-Joy!

I collect pincushions, the older the better; the more worn and torn, the more I am drawn to them.
Some are a bit puzzling, but with a little patience, you can make one for yourself. There are numerous patterns available for these wonderful whimsies...

These are all antiques that are in my collection.
See how the velvet on some of the pieces has worn off almost completely?
I wonder how many hands these have passed through. Have they held pins while a mother sewed her child's clothing? Or maybe a wife worked tirelessly by lamplight, patching her husband's farm clothes, time after time, taking a pin from the ball now and then to hold a patch of fabric as she stitched...
Such little joys to collect, but not so simple at first glance!

Perhaps they were worn out from use and were set aside, forgotten for many, many years; until one day, a curious soul opened a trunk of memories, letting years and years of bits and pieces of someone's life tumble on to the attic floor...



  1. I have one of those, with the old pins still in it. I didn't know what they were called. They are treasures!

  2. I can understand your admiration for such intricate pieces of the past.Oh how our imaginations can wander as we daydream of each pincushion's history.How the soft worn velvet may have been saved from a special dress, caressed so lovingly bringing back a flood of memories...grey wool suiting from a young son's trousers before he was shipped overseas...the tales are endless.
    xo Susan

  3. such beauty!!
    you and the puzzles

    love dena

  4. Lana...first time visit to your blog, but I promise, it won't be the last! LOVE those puzzle balls...very unique. Never have seen them before. Lovely blog...

  5. I love your post. You are so right about what hands have past through such treasured items. I have an old quilt that I bought at a moving sale, completely hand quilted. I cherish it so much, I think often about the hands that so lovingly quilted it. Have a great weekend.

  6. These are beautiful!! we see why you would love these little bits of wonderfulness!!
    Happy Saturday blessings
    kari & kijsa

  7. Lana, in answer to your question...yes, i did see the comment you left on my old blog:) the doll was for Tink at the Blackberry Briar, i think that is the Tink you know{?}...i buy the hoops...i LOVE your pincushion collection and i so agree with you, i love when things show their signs of age and being loved...the more tattered the better!!!

  8. Lana - Lucky you! I have been coveting a puzzle ball for a while, but all the antique ones that I have found have been out of my price range.

    I just took a workshop to make one a few weeks back. Unfortunately, I haven't had a moment to pick it back up, but I am hoping to soon. Then I will have one of my very own!

    Blessings, Patti

  9. Those are BeaUTiful!! I have never seen them before, but what a history they must have had! :)


  10. I loved seeing them. Thank you Lana!