Friday, January 30, 2009
I'd like to introduce you to my pincushions. Workhorses of the sewing studio, epitomizing functionality. First off, we have Miss Loaf Cushion. She was sewn in a fit of excitement over getting my brand-new serger. I made her out of a wool blanket scrap and stuffed her firmly. Then laughed at her squeezable loafness. She holds lots of pins. Next is Rosy. I needlepointed her for my mom, oh, something like 20 years (?!) ago, and inherited her back about eight years ago. She's holding up pretty well, don't you think? Just a little faded and dusty for wear. Now we have Little Pretty. She's a bit shy, as she is the newest of the bunch. Little Pretty is the spawn of my recent affair with needle-felting balls out of little scraps of left-over yarn. I know, it's a fiddley kind of thing to do, but I like making those little, colorful felted orbs. Little Pretty is half of the first one I made (a friend has the other half). She's quite dainty, but performing well so far. The fourth is Sturdy Spiral. She was inspired by those old-fashioned knitted pin-cushions made of colorful concentric knitted circles. I decided to skip the knitting part, and just wind up some scraps of sweater fabric (of which I have an abundance). I loved making this Sturdy Spiral so much that I rolled up a passel more to sell in my shop. I bestowed upon Sturdy Spiral the honor of holding the needles.