Sunday, January 11, 2009
Home Sweet Home Pincushion
Last July, I wrote to you about the pincushion I had made for the Piecework Magazine Pincushion Contest. The magazine had just come out and I had been notified that I won an Honorable Mention. So, I showed you the layout in the magazine. You can check my archives on Saturday, July 5, 2008, if you'd like to read about it.
Just before the end of the year, I was happy to get my pincushion back from Piecework. So, I thought I'd show this little pincushion one more time...I am so happy to have it back in my own greedy little hands again.
The rules of the contest were simple....design a pincushion and keep it under 4 inches in size, using any of several needlework techniques. I thought long and hard about what to do.....and since I love to make tiny little landscape appliques...that's what I thought I'd do. Of course, since I also love to embroider and bead - I decided to include those kinds of details also. Because I was doing a little landscape applique, I chose to call it "Home Sweet Home" and added those words on with a backstitch.
I used a silk dupioni "scrap" to make the pincushion, cotton fabrics to do the landscape along with DMC embroidery floss and silk ribbon, one of my favorite "ingredients."
A constant theme in my embroidery is the use of flowers, trees and simple embroidery stitches. That's what I've done here...the simplest of embroidery stitches. I love the way they embellish the applique. Also, recurring in many of my original designs is the ribbon bow. So, for a finishing touch, I added one. I don't know about you...but I have a horrible time deciding when "enough is enough." This pincushion being only four inches square, I sort of ran out of room before I ran out of ideas.
And, so - it told me to stop!
I stuffed this one with a combination of sand and polyester stuffing. It's on the heavy side, which I like, but it also means it can't be washed. I don't think I will actually USE this pincushion, so that doesn't matter too much.
I hope you enjoy seeing this little piece of work. It's one of those things I make which I consider a "sweet nothing" - not all that useful, but a joy to make, look at and touch! Til next time, Pat