Saturday, November 19, 2011

Big thank you to Gayle....

I recieved this lovely package from Gayle. The pincushion is so pretty. My hubby had put the package up for me while I was out of town and forgot where he put it. We just found it. Thank you Gayle and your replacement package is on the way. Hubby was suppose to mail and doesn't remember whar happened to the first package.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Pincushion Swap

This is the pincushion I made for Ruth for the pincushion swap. It is a  machine embroidered Biscornu.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Pincushions Sent

By now I think most of the pincushions are on their way and things are coming to an end with our pincushion swap. I hope you had a good time with this swap. I know I did! In fact I had so much fun that I can't wait to show what I made for my partners.

My first partner Shawnee likes matroyshkas. I'm a fan of matroyshkas too! I wanted to make a set of nesting doll pincushions that would fit inside each other, but couldn't figure out how to do that with fabric. Instead I made her a matroyshka pincushion with a matching matroyshka button can. They don't nest but since matroyshkas come in sets I thought this pincushion would need a friend.

I also created this wooden shoe pincushion for a special friend. I had a pair of these cute little shoes until our adorable but completely naughty puppy knocked one off my desk and proceeded to chew up the toe. Sorry friend, thanks to Chunk, you'll only be getting one wooden shoe!

Lastly, I just mailed this pincushion off to my second partner today. Donna and I partnered up late so we moved our ship date back into November. It won't arrive in California until Wednesday but I was too excited to wait to share pictures. I just love how this pincushion turned out. Donna loves vintage items and all things tea so I made this saltbox house landscape pincushion for her and put it this vintage container. I'm not sure if it's a cup, a sugar bowl or something else. I originally bought it at a thrift shop for myself because I love blue willow dishes. I knew it would make a great landscape pincushion. I used bits of wool for the base and the house. The trees are wool scraps attached to pins so they can be moved if Donna wants to re-landscape. This was my original inspiration. Of course true to my form I thought I could figure out how to make it on my own and didn't purchase the pattern. Though in hindsight, I'm sure the pattern would have made it much easier to create. But where's the fun in that?
With all this pincushion fun, I think making pincushions could become my new hobby. I had so many ideas and not enough time to try them all, so I see some more pincushion creations in my future. I also see another swap in the future for us. Check back after the holidays for our next swap. I'm thinking owls.