Wednesday, August 5, 2009

"One Rose" Pincushion

My last post about the "Robin" pincushion received the most comments of any blog post I have done. Thank you to all of you who let me know how much you liked it. It sure means a lot to get some feedback on something you really put your heart into.

Having said that...I thought you might also like to see the pincushion I finished today. It is made from the same fabrics I used for the Robin, the same threads, beads, etc. I had exactly enough left over ribbon to make one rose. Mix all those things together, and this pincushion is the result. A fun project!

Here is a full view of the pincushion (it is five inches square)....I think it's kind of sweet and old-fashioned. Well, probably everything I make is "kinda old-fashioned" considering that I am now "old." (I'm telling you this because I am getting really tired of all the information I get daily in the "real" mail concerning the fact that I need to sign up for Medicare!!! Everyday, I get several pieces of mail reminding me that I'm turning 65 soon! I wish they'd give it a rest, as nobody knows that fact more than I do!!!) Anyway, concerning what I design and make - I love "old-fashioned", naturally, that is the style of work I love to do (regardless of my age!!).

That "drawing" in the background is a copy of the actual embroidered rose which I put in my printer so I could have a paper copy to doodle around on to draw the vine. Turns out I just drew it freehand on the fabric anyway. Sometimes I swear I work backwards! You can also see the threads, beads, etc., that I used. Let's see, a #10 Millener's needle for those French Knots, carpet and button thread for the beading, some silk ribbon, DMC embroidery threads, etc. The beads sort of look like coffee grounds here...funny what I can think of when I'm trying to take a photo!

You may want to ask me what kind of tray I am using's a glass dish from the kitchen! A very pretty, old one. (See, there's that "old-fashioned" thing again!) I cut a Velux blanket into pieces to use when I bead. Keeps them all from sliding around. One day, I realized that I could fit a piece of that blanket into this dish and use it like a bead tray. Works perfectly. Oh, by the way, I didn't cut up a perfectly good blanket. I bought this one from my daughter's garage sale for $3.00. A king size! It was damaged in one lots of good 'beading fabric" left. In fact, I gave everyone in my Knot group some and have enough to include one in my next class kit.

I also wanted to tell you about the stuffing for this pincushion. I used to use Fairfield poly stuffing....recently I ran out of it and so did my local WalMart. However, they did have a supply of Morning Glory Premium Polyester Fiberfil. Being somewhat on the urgent side, I bought a bag. I LOVE IT! Unlike Fairfield, the stuffing stays where you put it without "bouncing" right back out of whatever you are stuffing. And, when your item is finished, it has a much firmer feel to it...another added bonus....also, it seems to me, you don't have all those little fibers creeping out when you pull the needle through.
I'm sold on it. In fact, since our Walmart seems to run out of things constantly, and since I have a bunch of stuffing to complete soon...I went back and bought the huge box!!! So, I'm recommending it to you. Let me know what you think of it should you try it.

Well, there you go. Another pincushion, some tips. A good day. Take care, pat


Dolores said...

Can you please tell me what the size is? 5" or 6" would be my guess but I don't know. It is quite pretty and the beading is just too much. I don't know if I would have the patience for the beading part.

Judy said...

Oh Pat, I love this one. Everytime I read one of your posts and see you beautiful work I think this is my favorite. So today and until you post again this is definitly my favorite. So beautiful and delicate. I'm almost 70 so I know about the medicare thing. I still don't feel old enough to have it. I think they must have be mixed up with someone else.

brenco1 said...

You are not getting older - just better!!! I love this pincushion better than any you have done and you know I love them all. The border around the rose is outstanding.

fiberdoodles said...

This is beautiful!


Aida Costa said...

Oh, I love this one!!! The simplicity of the design is what really catches my eye :) Thanks very much for the stuffing recommendation, too.

Nancy said...

Pat, all of your pincushions are beautiful. Your craftsmanship is exquisite and inspiring. It really takes a special person and lots of patience to work on small pieces such as your pincushions. Keep up the great work!


e4e823l said...

The result is beautiful, just like the "parent" project. Sarah

AngelDoll said...

This is exquisitely beautiful Pat...the simplicity of the single rose and the wonderful border is stunning! Of course I also noted from one of your older posts your sayings; this single rosse reminded me of these sayings from my quotation collection:

"I would rather have one rose and a kind word from a friend while I'm here than a whole truckload when I'm gone.
~~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
The rose, like a friend, is a gift from God.
~~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Thank you Pat for being such an inspiring 'friend'. Your work is amazing.
(C: in Canada
p.s. I admire your roses on my pin cushion daily

Maggie Ann said...

Very lovely! and I like how organized you stay....I make such messes when I create anything. My husband tells me I use every dish and utensil I can when, he's almost right! My crafting table is not to bad until I start collaging. Still....that just me.

TattingChic said...

That is absolutely gorgeous! WOW! I love it.

TattingChic said...

That is absolutely gorgeous! WOW! I love it.

Jean C. said...

Too Funny your being "old"... my friend who is now 72 is married to a man who is turning 93 this year! Up until year b/4 last he was working out at the gym every day. Unfortunately he had a couple of falls while there (gym) and they asked that he not come back... liability was too great I guess! Your a spring chicken... and remember... your only as old as you feel... granted some days I feel pretty old, others well lets just say I hope to be healthy when I'm your age! Keep up the good work. Everything you do is lovely!
Thanks for sharing... and blogging!

The Vintage Polka Dot said...

Hi, I found your blog while googling for Morning Glory Polyester Fiberfil. I LOVE the stuff. You are so stays where you put it without that bounce back thing some of the others ones do and it stuffs better in that it's not slick like some of the others.

From what I understand Walmart is discontinuing ALL of their craft departments...which means no more stuffing. I'm trying to find Morning Glory online.


Anonymous said...

Hi Pat...I was looking for some poetry and I found your of both worlds...pincushions AND poetry...this is a lovely lovely pinkeep!!


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