Friday, 7 March 2014

Lily in the Labyrinth: Learn with Lily: #WW1 #Sweetheart #Pincushions

Lily in the Labyrinth: Learn with Lily: WW1 Sweetheart Pincushions . . .: These embroidered cushions, measuring about 20cm in width and decorated with beading and decoupage are known as Sweetheart Pincushions . ...
These embroidered cushions, measuring about 20cm in width and decorated with beading and decoupage are known as Sweetheart Pincushions. Produced in World War One (1914-1918) mostly by wounded soldiers as they recovered in hospital, they were sent home to wives, mothers and loved ones as a token of affection across the miles.
Often featuring short mottos such as “Forget Me Not” and “Remember Me”, plus snippets of verse, these cushions act as a tender expression of remembrance and record a little piece of history. As you can see below, one cushion features a popular World War One poem that reads as follows:
When the golden sun is sinking,
And your mind from care is free.
When of others you are thinking,
Will you sometimes think of me.

Purchased as kits containing printed fabric, threads and beads – all the materials a soldier would need to hand craft a memento for his loved ones - Sweetheart Pincushions measure up to 20cm and were likely never used as pincushions but rather kept as treasured tokens of love.
Clearly a labour of love, I find the detail and mottos absolutely heart-breaking. Despite the terror, tragedy and fear that war threw at these brave soldiers, every one of these intricate, delicate little hand-crafted hearts tells a story that has such love and hope in every stitch.  

2 comments:

  1. These are absolutely beautiful, to think a soldier did these is amazing.

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    1. Thank you for leaving a comment.
      I agree. It's beautiful work. : )

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