CASTLE GARDENS PINCUSHION: These hand embroidered pincushions are intricately embroidered in my own original designs and make a unique or special gift for a pincushion collector. A beautiful additon to any studio, they are a fully functional pincushion and are not just for show. All four designs can be seen in the final photo and each have their own listing.
CASTLE GARDENS is made entirely with embroidery stitches using Valdani and silk threads on a base fabric of Osnaburg which gives the pincushion a timeless linen look. The stitches selected reminded me of the beautiful formal gardens you can visit in Scotland at the larger castles open to the public. Each pincushion is stitched free hand, without stamped patterns so subtle differences in the embroidery from the pictures may occur.
This over-sized square pincushion is large enough to hold a quilt’s worth of pins and heavy enough to stay in place on the sewing or cutting table. They are perfect sized to either pick up across the width or by the depth of the pincushion. They are stuffed with new cotton quilt batting and each contains a steel wool pad to sharpen and clean your needles and pins.
All have been checked for pin drop by inserting a pin, turning the pincushion upside down and shaking it. For longevity, the closure seam has been stitched twice and both the top and bottom fabric of the pincushion body are backed by a full layer of quilters cotton.
Photo Number 2 shows the pincusion before stuffing so you can see the full detail of the hand embroidery.
Naturally, my Grandmother's 100 year old antique sewing machine is not included with the pincushion and is not for sale.
FIBER TYPE: Pincushion: Osnaburg 100% cotton, backed with quilters cotton.
Motif: All done by hand embroidery
Threads: Valdani and silk threads
Made from all new fabrics and new batting. No recycled fibers.
COLOR: Unbleached Osnaburg pincushion with embroidery in various colors.
DIMENSIONS: 5.5 inches Square Thickness 1.75 inches
WEIGHT: 1.4 ounces average weight
HOW IT IS MADE: Pincushion hand embroidery is stitched before the pincushion is machine sewn together. It is stuffed with new cotton quilt batting and steel wool, the pincushions are hand-sewn closed.
Pins and needles can be easily inserted and each pincushion has been individually tested for pin drop. Each comes packaged in a clear protective bag so you can see the color without having to open the package should the color not appear as you expected.
Made in a smoke-free, cat-friendly home. The cat was not particularly interested in the making of pincushions and there has been no cat contact with them after they were finished and packaged ready to use.
NOTE: The pincushions are not intended to be a child's or pet's toy.
1-3 business days
I'll do my best to meet these shipping estimates, but can't guarantee them. Actual delivery time will depend on the shipping method you choose.
Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. I'm not responsible for delays due to customs.
Just contact me within: 3 days of delivery
Ship items back to me within: 7 days of delivery
Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.
A detailed care information is included in every knitwear order. The care information is printed on the inside of the folder enclosed with your shawl order.
In general, all knitwear should be gently hand washed in luke warm water with a gentle shampoo and rinsed thoroughly. Then wrung out and patted into shape while it lays flat to dry. Shawls have been washed and blocked to stabilize colors and sizing before packaging.
CAUTION: Washing your shawl in water that is too hot will cause the wool to shrink which is irreversible. Likewise DO NOT put the shawl in your washing machine or in the dryer because that will felt the wool and cause shrinkage, which is irreversible as well.
My shawls and wraps will fit most ladies. The dimensions are listed for each item so you can judge how it will fit your own shoulders. If an item is better suited for a tall or broad shouldered lady or a more petite woman that will be noted in the item description.
Shawls have been washed and blocked to stabilize colors and sizing before packaging.
All of my handmade items are one-of-a-kind, completed as shown and ready to ship.
I do not take custom orders per say. However, if you see something you would like in another color, please contact me. I may have one planned for the design you like with yarn colors that might suit your needs.
Please insure your shipping address is correct, once the package is at the post office, I cannot make any changes to your address.
I live in the far western mountains of North Carolina. In our rural location there is no true overnight shipping, expedited mail or weekend package mailing service. The fastest mail we have is Priority Mail which is used for most shipments. Very light items, such as pincushions and shawl pins, will be shipped by First Class Mail.
All of the items you see in my shop are the actual ones you will receive. I expect to have your package in the mail to you no later than 3 business days after your purchase, hopefully much sooner than that.
RETURNS: I accept returns, no questions asked. Please do me the courtesy of not soiling, wearing or using an item before returning it.
From my arts & craft show sales experience, I understand that a buyer would like to feel the actual item, look at the color next to your face and actually try it on. My work has been carefully checked for quality when finished and blocked then checked again before packing for shipment.
EXCHANGES: I do not accept exchanges due to the uniqueness of these items. I will refund the listed price of any returned item when I receive your return shipment.
I never knit exactly the same shawl twice. There are pattern and yarn color similarities in the shawls listed but I make subtle changes to my designs each time I knit it.
An example of this is in my Windswept Shoulder Wrap. Each is an asymetrical triangle, but the accent color is added differently in each one and so each comes out a slightly different size and look.
It is actually not that easy to damage these shawls as they are quite durable. Snags or pulls are easy to fix BUT washing it in water that is too hot will shrink it and that is irreversible.
Contact me with details of your problem. If I can, I will gladly help repair damage to a shawl I knitted for you. Cost of the repair and shipping will be worked out before you send the shawl back to me.
Whenever you order more than one item, we will consolidate those into one box whenever possible so all your order will arrive at the same time. If the order has to be split into two or more boxes I will tell you that in the "On Its Way to You" message that's I personally send when the boxes have been delivered to the US Post Office.
All knitted items are shipped in sturdy USPS Priority Mail boxes. Most items will come in the box that opens from the end, I selected that style because not having a seam on the top and bottom better protects items in bad weather. Knitted items are never sent in shipping bags because those bags can be damaged in transit.
Light weight items will be shipped by First Class Mail in padded envelopes.
After an item is listed for sale, it is carefully packaged in a clear view bag and sealed closed, to help protect it from damage in shipping to you. The order is wrapped in bubble wrap and placed into the container along with its pertinent paperwork. Box end flaps are tape sealed to further protect items in bad weather.