Monday, January 15, 2007

Pincushions

I think there's a mini-trend (trendlet?) going on among sewing blogs lately. Debbie (Stiches and Seams), Liana (Sew Intriguing) and Stacy (Stacy Sews) have all recently published photos of their pin cushions, so I'm joining the club. As you can see, I'm a bit of a collector. There are more too, but how many red tomatoes do you need to see?

One of my favorites is the little pincushion attached to the coiled basket, which makes a handy tote for little mending jobs. This was given to me many years ago by an ASG friend. Strips of bias fabric wrapped around upholstery cording, then zigzag stitched into the basket shape, then trimmed with a touch of lace, some buttons, and the mini pincushion. Whew! A lot of effort went into that.

Also, the collection of "little guy" pincushions that I bought at Cost Plus/World Market, along with the 2 similar boxes that I use for bobbin storage.

The purple one at lower right was purchased at the Fiber Arts Fiesta one year, which is a biannual show and market sponsored by the fiber guilds of Albuquerque. It's a thumb pincushion used for bobbin lace that I got from a vendor. I don't do bobbin lace, but it seemed like a good idea at the time. I never got the hang of wearing it on my thumb, but it's a handy travelling pincushion that stays in my mobile kit, which should be the topic of a blog entry someday.

And of course, the ubiquitous tomato.

2 comments:

Marji said...

cute collection.
would you believe I don't own a tomato nor one of those little guy pincushions?

Nancy (nanflan) said...

Wow, no tomato? I thought those were standard issue! LOL