Tuesday, May 11, 2010
I have a new project up on the Fiskars website. This one was one of those projects that turned out to be completely rewarding. Functional and cute and, although it's completely sewn together by hand so a little time consuming, easy to make.
You can find complete instructions for making the pincusion and needlebook on the Fiskars website.
I was inspired by the basic shape of the pincushion on the cover of the book Pretty Little Pincushions. The book is filled with fantastically creative ideas for pincushions. I knew it would be easy to create the base of this one using a couple of circles cut using the Fiskars Circles Template and a long rectangle cut using just a Fiskars ruler and rotary cutter. But I didn't want a lot of embroidery on it. I was afraid I wouldn't use it for fear of snagging the embroidery stitches. Then I ran across the most adorable pincushions in an Etsy shop called The Daily Pincushion. When I went to grab the URL this morning, I noticed she's now selling kits for making her pincushions! So if you're wanting a pincushion like this, you have alternatives for the amount of time you want to put into it from making it completely on your own to opening a box and pulling one out that's ready to stick your pins in.
Most of the pincushions I found are filled with fiberfill. When I was browsing our local fabric store, Margie Pearl's, recently, I found the crushed walnut shells you see in the baggie in the small pic above. They're supposed to sharpen your pins, which will be nice if it works out that way. But I was really sold on the weight it adds to the pincushion. I won't send it flinging across the room when I'm in a sewing frenzy!
Hope you're inspired to create a pinchusion and/or needlebook of your own. I'd love to see a photo of it if you do!
Pssst. A link I just found to a few more fabulous examples of pincushions! And she contributed to the book you see above!