Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Becky's Pincushion

As promised, here is another pincushion from my 'pincushion year' as it turns out. I was asked months ago, by my quiltmaking friend Sharon, to make a pincushion for one of her blogging friends. They had become friends by reading each other's blogs....a common thread amongst bloggers these days and a lovely one, don't you think?

So, Sharon, whose blog you can read HERE, asked for a pincushion that would 'look like' her new friend, Becky's blog. I visited Becky's blog and chose the theme I would use to make the pincushion.....you can visit her blog HERE and let me know if I accomplished my goal. I certainly tried. And, both women have let me know they are happy with the finished product. Boy, am I glad about that!

Here you see the finished pincushion....I chose the Scottie dog as the center of the pincushion because Becky loves her real life Scottie dogs and there is a cute depiction of one on her blog banner. I also chose to use vintage fabric as many of the things Becky shows in her 'cottage' have that kind of look. And, of course, I chose the embroidery and beading because it is kind of a 'theme' in my work. Just love doing it!!!

The stitches I used in this piece are: Herringbone Stitch, Outline Stitch, Lazy Daisy Stitch, French Knot, Straight Stitch, Chain Stitch, Satin Stitch, and Feather Stitch. One of my all time favorite things to embroider are those TINY satin stitch hearts you can see on each red triangle. They are about a quarter of an inch in size. And, the pincushion is 6" x 6".

The beaded fringe is fast becoming one of my trademarks. I must try a different kind of edge soon or I will become boring, I think.....IF it's possible for me to stop at this point, I love it so.
I put one red bead amongst all those black beads because I thought it might be more interesting, but now, seeing it long after finishing it, I may have liked the look of three red beads there...for a bit more pop. I'll keep that in mind for future projects.

Hope you enjoy seeing this pincushion....and checking out these blogs....they are really nice people! And, here's hoping you are enjoying all the planning, shopping, etc., required of us at this time of year....remember to take a break once in a while and breathe deep! You might want to read a new blog...I sure enjoy doing that and am learning something all the time! take care out there, pat


Brenda said...

What a wonderful pin cushion. I also own a Scottie dog and totally love this. What a lot of special touches you have added.

Christine said...

Pat, Please don't stop your "trademark" beaded edging, I really think it appeals to more people than you realise. I think this little pincushion is one of your best so far, I'm not surprised the recipient loves it too.
Hooroo from Christine in sunny Sydney Australia

Vivian said...

Just lovely, Pat. Love the beadwork. One day I'll have to give it a try.

Phyllis said...

Being the dog lover that I am, I LOVE this one!!

joyfulploys said...

I have your site bookmarked but I must confess I don't get by really often. I have started a quilt using vintage embroidery pieces mixed with new ones...I don't know what I'm doing but I sure am having fun. I'm in Arkansas too, up near Hardy. Love the pincushion you made...I'll have to catch up on all the other lovlies you have been making.

Auntie Bliss said...

This is the pincushion that brought me over to see you :)
It is truly amazing and I love all the stitches! And the dog :)

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