I have been sorting through my patterns and notes, looking for ideas for the Instagram pincushion swap I signed up to (#IGpincushionswap). In the process, I realised that:
- I need to sort out my filing system. It is a mess!
- I have a lot of patterns for pincushions and a lot of pincushions.
Pictured below is just a fraction of the pincushions I have made and given away over the years, many of which were never photographed or recorded.
I can see why Rebecca of One Wee Bird suggested I sign up for the swap!
Most of the pincushions I have made are fairly functional. I think it might be time to make something a bit silly and frivolous. I would like to make something special for the swap.
This little pincushion was made using a Laurraine Yuyama pattern. It is Patchwork Pottery’s ‘Book Pillow and Pincushion’ pattern, which a friend bought for me as a Christmas gift. She knows that I love books as much as I love sewing.
It turned out very, very girly, but that is because I started with the fabric for the front page. I was able to fussy cut this print to fit perfectly. As the print is for a rose perfume, it seemed only fitting to incorporate some rose prints. Then, I got a bit carried away with lace and ribbon. OK. I got a lot carried away. As a result, it looks more like an old-fashioned perfume box than a book.
My cover turned out too big. I have checked my measurements, and I think it was a pattern error. If I make it again, I know to chop ¼ inch off one side of the front and back cover pieces, but it do not think it ruins the finished effect. I gave it to the friend who gave me the pattern – fair trade, I think.
I do not think I will make a book for the swap, but a few people in my Instagram swap group have this pattern on the Pinterest boards and hints of things they like.
Do you have a pincushion problem? What makes a good pincushion?