Well, yes, these are expensive pin cushions... but, dang! They are so lovely!!!! I want one in every color but will make myself choose only one. For now :-).
The cut glass made in Otaru, the production area of glass crafts, is combined with a felt ball made of Hokkaido wool to create this pincushion. The top part of the pincushion (with the felt ball) lifts out. You can use the cut glass base to hold very small notions—like your wooden toothpick!
Fukagawa Glass Kogei was established in Fukagawa-ku, Tokyo in 1964. They twice lost their factory to earthquake and fire, but after moving their base to Otaru in Hokkaido, they began to produce Otaru Kiriko, unique cut glass with deep roots in the region. In the dignified expression of the cut glass, you can sense the strength of the craftsmen who have recovered from adversity many times and the pride of a long-established manufacturer.
Wool carefully nurtured in Hokkaido is washed and dyed, and each item is individually shaped and crafted. Kokoromoko is a studio run by Mari Sugita, a needle felting expert who is also based in Hokkaido. A Cohana color felt ball has the gentle warmth of the hands of people who love handicrafts.