Thursday, December 30, 2010
"Winter Birds" Pincushion
Earlier in the year, I was asked by my friend, Deb, to make a pincushion for her gift at her quilting group Christmas party. Her only requirement was to make one using lime green and 'another' color...whatever I wanted. Well, I like requirements like that....it's always easier to actually make something when you like the colors. And, also, the pincushion did not have to be 'Christmasey.' OK, I thought....what will it be?
Sometimes when I'm trying to come up with an idea, some time spent looking through my fabrics, embroidery threads and beads makes an idea just pop into my head. Does that happen to you? So, I ran across this wonderful fabric I had purchased at Marshall's in Batesville on my last "out and about trip" with Sherry. (I actually want to make something else using this bird fabric one day....they are so cute!) The fabric is "Wild Wings" by Sam Timm, Springs Creative Products Group, CP32862 Scenic, 2009.) I wanted to keep the construction of the top on the simple side, so it's just three pieces of fabric stitched together, then embroidered. Actually, I wanted the leaf embroidery to stand out, yet 'go' with the bird scene.
The pincushion is 3 1/2" x 6 1/2." Hand embroidered.....using Stem Stitch, French Knots, my Meandering Stitch, Feather Stitch, and the leaves are done in Fly Stitch. Well, some are...the rest are appliqued, then embroidered with Back Stitch veins. The tiny heart on the back label is done in Satin Stitch.
As always, a beaded edging....lime green glass seed beads with larger round beads.....which I think look like very colorful, tiny Christmas balls! Very fun to use in this piece.
I enjoyed making this pincushion and I hope Deb enjoyed giving it away....I've heard from the recipient and she seems to really like it. I'm glad. This is my last pincushion for the year. There are a few more 'on my list' but not until after the new year is underway. I hope you have enjoyed seeing my pincushions this year and I will look forward to your comments as I progress along with more in the coming months. Of course, there are some other projects calling my name also. Hope you will visit and see what I am up to as time goes by. Meantime, please have a wonderful New Year's weekend and a very Happy New Year!!! Thank you, always, for stopping by to visit me. Hugs to you and take care, pat