I'd been clearing out a box of patterns, and I came across this one - I had made several of these pincushions a few years ago, and (before I had a blog!!) and decided it was about time I made a few more! This is a pattern by Leanne Beasley, called Sarah's Pincushions. Scraps of Lecien fabrics, an assortment of Cosmo embroidery threads, a very fine micron pigma pen and a lightbox. Yes I was ready for a couple of hours of peaceful stitching!I used a fusible woven interfacing (Weaveline) on the back of the pale aqua spot and the hand embroidery really didn't take very long at all...
...I added a piece of thin cotton wadding to the WS of both the front and back pieces of fabric, added some ric-rac trimming, and stuffed it with some leftover polyester wadding. The next pincushion had appliqued daisy petals (I used the applique paper and glue stick method for these). I managed t get the front of the pincushion completed at the Sewing Group last week. Wadding was added again to the WS of the front and back pieces of fabric, the front and back were joined together, and a small calico bag was inserted into the opening. This was filled with crushed walnut shells, and the calico bag was secured with a few stitches before the opening of the pincushion was stitched up...
...another pincushion from the same pattern has a pretty stitchery design. I also used Cosmo embroidery threads for this one too. I'm saving my crushed walnut shells for a rather special project, so used leftover polyester wadding for this one too...
...all of these pincushions were made with scraps of Lecian fabrics, some ric-rac trimming and small pieces of leftover wadding. This picture shows the back of the pincushions - they are almost as pretty as the fronts! I really like making smaller projects that are useful and these will be gifts for some of my sewing friends...
...I much prefer the pincushion that is stuffed with crushed walnut shells as it's firmer and has a better shape. Well I'm off to the local pet shop on my day off as it's much more reasonable to buy crushed walnut shells from there than getting it from the quilt shop!
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