As needlework was an integral part of a 19th century woman’s life from her early childhood, gifts of needlework accessories were popular presents from female friends and family. Many of these tokens were made from workbasket scraps.
This scissors rest from the Lancaster area of Pennsylvania is likely one of these tokens. A bit of a whimsy—a cushion to support one’s scissors—was, if not unique to Pennsylvania, popular there for a time. Made from alternating panels of red and white wool, it is stuffed with cotton batting, hand sewn and decorated with feather stitching. The cushion is 5” long from tuft to tuft and 1 ½” wide.
The cushion displays very well and would be an excellent addition to a sewing collection but there are two flaws to note when looking at it carefully. Some of the decorative stitching is missing and there are holes in the white wool at the tips. Please examine the photos and feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
While you are here, do enjoy the other sewing items I have available at this time. Thank you for visiting my shop today.
19thc Pennsylvania Feather Stitched Scissors Rest