gravestone pincushion, Mistress Mary
This is a special pincushion with a story behind it. It's made from several different shades of grey wool felt with lots of embroidered details. It measures 3.5 inches by 2.5 inches and is approximately 1.25 inches thick. The side has some grey "flower carvings" at the pointed part of the gravestone and the underside is medium grey. All felt used is 100% wool and pincushions are stuffed with premium ultra soft polyester fill.
This pincushion was inspired by some very old gravestones I saw while in a beautiful churchyard in Norfolk, England. I was intrigued by the skull and crossed bones, wondering if this could be the final resting place of a smuggler or pirate as it was a coastal town. After a bit of research, I found that the skull and crossed bones imagery simply represent mortality and that the stones with winged skulls represent the soul on its onward journey.
Why Mistress Mary? If you follow me over on Instagram or Facebook (@fabricandink), you'll already be familiar with my short stories set in the imaginary English village of Wits End and the neighboring Enchanted Forest. Mistress Mary was one of the founding mothers of the village. Born in 1650, Mary married John Witt, a farmer and musician. They settled deep in the quiet English countryside, near a forest abundant with lore and magic. Mary was skilled in the use of herbs and over the years, served as midwife and healer to local women. Their family farm, at the end of a muddy little lane, became know as Wits End and a community began to be established in the area. This later became the village of Wits End.