Description

This tomato pincushion design with a small attached strawberry is ubiquitous in every sewing room. The tomato design was most likely introduced during the Victorian Era. It is commonly stated that the origin of this design was a belief that placing a tomato on the mantel of a new house guaranteed prosperity and repelled evil spirits, and that if tomatoes were out of season, families improvised by using a round ball of red fabric filled with sand or sawdust, which also became a place to store pins. The strawberry contains emery powder which helps to sharpen pins and needles.