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SWEETHEART PINCUSHION BOOK - Forget me Not, An illustrated history of military Sweetheart pincushions

SWEETHEART PINCUSHION BOOK - Forget me Not, An illustrated history of military Sweetheart pincushions

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: antique pins, beads, sequins, Stephengraphs, Celluloids, embroidered postcards, ceramic heats, pincushions, cigarette silks, WW1 photographs
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Diane Grant has been a professional Embroiderer for over twenty five years and also an author, designer, teacher and lecturer. She was researching the subject of pincushions and became interested in Military sweetheart pincushions when she purchased the first one about three years ago. The technique used to make these military pincushions is called “pin stuck” sometimes called pin sticking. Diane became fascinated with this technique, the result being her third book. This book has 144 pages with colour on nearly all.

Through her historic collection, which forms the central part of the book ‘Forget Me Not’, Diane Grant tells the story of the pin stuck military sweetheart pincushion. Layette pin stuck pincushions made from 1650 for approximately 200 years, were the forerunners of the military pincushions. The first soldier’s pincushion dates to just after the Crimean war 1855/6 they continued to be made through the two Boer Wars and The Great War 1914/18. The book illustrates how, through the years, the pincushion design and the pin stuck technique developed.

Diane’s response to the subject is by making ceramics and pin stuck collages. Patterned ceramic hearts are made by impressing lace on to clay. She reinvents the pin stuck technique, bringing it into the twenty first century. Pin stuck on these collages are her ceramic hearts, antique sequins, vintage lace and braids. Research and detail is in Diane’s DNA. It makes her think of the people, their circumstances and the time these pincushions were made. How war brings about the loss of so many young men and the women who were left behind and how the world never seems to learn.
Diane Grant has been a professional Embroiderer for over twenty five years and also an author, designer, teacher and lecturer. She was researching the subject of pincushions and became interested in Military sweetheart pincushions when she purchased the first one about three years ago. The technique used to make these military pincushions is called “pin stuck” sometimes called pin sticking. Diane became fascinated with this technique, the result being her third book. This book has 144 pages with colour on nearly all.

Through her historic collection, which forms the central part of the book ‘Forget Me Not’, Diane Grant tells the story of the pin stuck military sweetheart pincushion. Layette pin stuck pincushions made from 1650 for approximately 200 years, were the forerunners of the military pincushions. The first soldier’s pincushion dates to just after the Crimean war 1855/6 they continued to be made through the two Boer Wars and The Great War 1914/18. The book illustrates how, through the years, the pincushion design and the pin stuck technique developed.

Diane’s response to the subject is by making ceramics and pin stuck collages. Patterned ceramic hearts are made by impressing lace on to clay. She reinvents the pin stuck technique, bringing it into the twenty first century. Pin stuck on these collages are her ceramic hearts, antique sequins, vintage lace and braids. Research and detail is in Diane’s DNA. It makes her think of the people, their circumstances and the time these pincushions were made. How war brings about the loss of so many young men and the women who were left behind and how the world never seems to learn.

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