quote : "this is a BIG pincushion - filled with crushed pecan shells. find it in a large pet store...either in the bird or reptile section... wonderful for filling pincushions. you don't need a muslin liner like you do with sand. I'm thinking I will add more pecan shells...needs a bit more to make it more firm... they seem to pack down AFTER you have the enclosure stitched up! What's up with that anyway? The center gold and blue piece is wool - adorned with antique little buttons."