Friday, January 30, 2009
Meet the Pincushions
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.