An awesome friend who shares my sense of humor got me what is perhaps the best gift ever for an art historian who enjoys sewing.
Yes, it is a Saint Sebastian pincushion. I love Saint Sebastian–he was very popular in the Renaissance and is the patron saint of athletes, archers, and plague victims, among others. I have already put him to use and have adopted him as patron saint of my sewing room. I have to say that I feel a little bad sticking pins into him, so I mostly use the pink base.
He is incredibly detailed and definitely much more interesting than my old tomato pincushion.
In related news, I am making progress on gifts. I’m not quite halfway done, but I’m getting there. It is nice to have an excuse to sew again!