Do you have a favorite pincushion? Or several favorites? I like to make them. They make nice gifts, not just useful, but decorative too.
This is my most used pincushion. It's attached to a vice that is attached to my sewing table. It's a pear. My sewing table is small and it fits perfectly, and perfectly stays put!
Pincushions have progressed since the tomato I started using in junior high Home Economics. That thing spent more time on the floor. Too light weight to stay put. So it also made the perfect cat toy.
Now they are decorative, whimsical, functional and collectible.
Some of these I made, others were gifts.
This assortment are all wool. Some I've made and some were gifts. Wool offers pins a needles a fabulous resting place, gliding in and out. I like to stuff with wool, but it makes the pincushion really light and cat toy. So they need to be decorative ... See the heart, or contained, see the star. OR make 'make do' stuffed figures that are attached to candlesticks, or as the case with antique make do, attached to a broken goblet or an empty spool.
My dear friend Betty made the crow and the dove. I made the lamb and Batilda, the bat. They are folk art creations.
This is my second favorite and it travels with me, also made by Betty. Wool. Stuffed with crushed walnut shells. Stays put in it out if a wooden tray.
Below, are pincushions made by two sweet retreat hostesses, affectionately known as the Barbara's. I've taught for these ladies for several years, umm, 6. I have 6 pincushions. For each workshop I teach, they take the block, reduce it and make everyone attending a pincushion favor. Truly awesome!
This wraps up my ever growing collection
of pincushions. Do you use them? Collect them? Make them?
Walnut shells, crushed, make good stuffing when you need weight. Sewing a button through the center, adds a little weight, and is a cute touch.
Have fun making and collecting.
And how about favorite pins? I like Clover Patchwork pins, very thin. Great for machine piecing. Speaking of piecing...time to get back to it!
~Until next time,