c1900 Hedebo lace embroidered pincushion
This early 19th century pincushion is a lovely example of whitework hand embroidery of the lace echnique called “Hedebo”. 3-1/2″ by 8-1/2″, cream stranded cotton thread on plain matching cotton muslin. The wrapped bars and motifs may remind you of Hardanger embroidery. The edging is machine made lace that resembles netting or filet crochet.
In very nice condition. There are scattered small rust marks (most likely from old pins) on the front and light soil on the back. The back has small pearl buttons with loops so the cover can be easily removed. There is a small, crudely done mend on the back upper corner. It’s stuffed firmly but is still very lightweight. Accessories are shown for scale and are not included in the price.
This antique book shows the embroidery techniques used for the pincushion, along with many patterns and examples: https://sj-designs.net/product/c1910-hedebo-stickereien-embroidery-book/