>> Friday, May 26, 2006
This is my first pincushion for the pincushion challenge. The theme for May is fruit, I found out just in time to join in. I just found out about this new blog thanks to Rose at Crafty McGee. She made a whole bowl of pincushion fruit and now she can sort her needles by type of fruit - such a cute idea.
I kept mine quite simple, inspired by a little square of reproduction vintage fabric from my birthday stash which had apples and letters on it. It was just enough to make two little pincushions, both the same, one I'm keeping and I'll put the other one in my etsy shop. I think this is my favourite of all my pincushions I've made so far. I don't know why, it's quite simple, but I just love the apple fabric. It's firmly stuffed and smallish at 2.5" in diameter.
The back is red wool felt, here's a view of it: The leaves and the red circle on the top are made from wool felt too - meant to represent an apple viewed from the top. Then I embroidered the leaves with embroidery floss and added a tiny green button on top and another slightly bigger one on the bottom.
Oh and while I'm being obsessive, here is my beautiful new pincushion with pins!Sometimes in my comments someone asks a question but without their email linked to the comment so I can't reply directly. In those cases I just reply in the comments or mention the answer in my next post. I hope that's ok! I do appreciate all my comments, and I often use the links to hop back over and see your blogs too. Although I must admit I am quite behind these days on all my blog visits.
One question was about which scissors I use to cut the scallops on my felt decorations. I actually do it myself with regular scissors. I cut little "v"s evenly spaced around the circle, then curve the edges. It's a bit fiddly but not that difficult. In case you're wondering what I'm talking about, this particular pincushion doesn't have any scalloped edges, but my other ones do on the top where they're decorated with felt flowers.