Earlier this year I vowed (to myself!) that I would make a gift for one of my favorite bloggers. Jacqueline at Cabin & Cottage. I LOVE her posts! She is so talented and feeds my love for vintage linens with not only her collection, but also her photographs and words. So, I did make her a small pincushion and recently mailed it to her. Yesterday, she posted it and I nearly fell over when I saw it....she made it look so very extra special. I was, in my own way, thanking her for her beautiful blog posts which I so enjoy, but, it turns out she did something very kind for me....you have to go and see her beautiful photographs, click here to see: Cabin & Cottage
After I made the pincushion for Jacqueline, I tweaked the pattern to make a smaller one for myself, not only because I loved doing the stitching, but as a reminder each time I would see it of the pleasant times I have spent reading her blog.
And, yes, I HAD to use the Bird Bowl just because I love it too and wanted it in a photo at some point. That point was today. Jacqueline's pincushion is about five or six inches square. This one is 3 inches by four inches.
I used DMC Floche to do the embroidery...the first time I had ever used it. Such a pleasure to stitch with.
And, I beaded the edge with different beads also. I do my best to never make anything more than once....in other words, no repeats, no two will ever be alike. I like each item to be unique and I sincerely hope they will become someone's idea of an heirloom, stitched by hand, by me, with great love.
As I fast approach the age of 71, my days spent making things like this are numbered. Mostly by the fact that I have OLDER EYES. But, I will "carry on" until I just can't do it any longer.
So, there you are....a very small WhiteWork pincushion. I hope you will visit Cabin & Cottage to read and SEE the story of these pincushions and how they came about. And, enjoy viewing everything in her archives.... a great stress reliever, a treat for the eyes and a treasure trove of vintage linens. Thank You, Jacqueline, for all you do and for showing off my work. I am thrilled!!!
On my post of July 22, 2015, I showed some sunflowers my son was growing on his deck in San Francisco. Then, on Thursday, August 20th, I posted the heart shape I found on a recent walk. He likes to joke around with me about finding these hearts shapes....some of which I know he considers
barely hearts. But evidently, he gave the whole idea enough thought to send me a heart. One he crafted himself......The heart above is made from the harvest of seeds from one of his sunflowers. How sweet is that?
From Bird Nest Cottage,
Until next time,