Sunday, December 5, 2010
As promised in my last post, here is another pincushion. This one was, again, requested by Marilyn for our friend, Sherry. I had a really hard time figuring out this one as I knew there were several directions I could go and it was difficult deciding. Sherry loves pink. That's one direction...pink with lots of flowers. But, she also loves her cats and had mentioned several times within my hearing that she was fond of Robin's Egg Blue and brown together. So, since I thought it would be different....I went with the cat and Robin's Egg Blue idea. With a twinge of pink in the silk ribbon roses.
As the planning went along....I decided that I wanted to put a monogram on the pincushion too. Might as well complicate things. I'm good at that. So, here you see the monogram, done in hand embroidered satin stitch. Kind of difficult to get it to look 'smooth' but I work at it. She had seen some of my 'meandering stitched' work before, so I had to include that also.
Then, that heart. I drew the heart then stitched it in 'Pistil' stitch, varying the length to fit the heart. You can find that stitch on page 140 of Judith Baker Montano's "Embroidery & Crazy Quilt Stitch Tool" book. It was a challenge to stitch the heart, but, GREAT fun too!
I used a Back Stitch to create the bird, and Outline Stitch to make the cat. They were fun and not difficult. I added the bird so Sherry would have one of my favorite motifs on her pincushion. Besides, we all know cats like birds!!!
The silk ribbon roses and embroidered leaves were just a pleasure to stitch and if I had to do this one over...I'd add more of them somehow. The one thing that stopped me was having enough of that pink ribbon....and it's not easy to get in my area. Next came the beaded fringe and I must say, this may be my favorite example of beaded fringe so far. I just loved doing it and hope you like it too.
So, hopefully, Sherry will enjoy her pincushion for a very long time and I hope you enjoyed seeing it here. I think on my next post, I'll show you something entirely different, then pick up with the pincushion theme again on the next one. So, meantime, enjoy all your Christmas shopping and planning, cooking, etc., and take care out there. pat