Friday, August 16, 2013

Pin pillow

.... or pin cushion if you like....  WARNING:::: photo heavy ..... hahhahahhahahah....

I love it!!















Began it over a week ago as a break from the blocks of my wrapping cloth.  Well, and also, because all the others in the Simply Stitch group were making some... one girl made 6 already...whew...she must be 'da bomb' seamstress!  Me?  Well, I'm Slowpoke Rodrigues myself.... but, that's okay....

And, for me it began with a cutout window of cardboard.... I wanted to try to get an idea of how things might look when completed.  My window is 3" X 4".



















Some decisions, ....     placing and piecing of fabrics ...  including a piece of Dupioni silk, some FME (Free Motion Embroidery) to hold all in position.  Then,  cross stitched some tiny hearts onto the silk ...they remind me of strawberries .. ..., some edging of the very plain flat lace on the right side with frilly picot stitches to make it more interesting, buttonhole edging of the top corner piece, placement of a cut off tab from a large stiff pretty collar piece from Maggi's cousin and lots of French knots here and there .....et voilà... my pin pillow begins to take shape.



















After decorating it with more knots and stitching it went to the machine.  Which is where I usually stall out totally.... have to check to see I have it threaded right... put some matching thread on a bobbin... but, check page 13 of the manual to see if I have the thread in the proper place to do that... then, actually practice a bit on a scrap to see if I can more or less make a straight line..which by the way, is more harrowing than just haphazardly doing some FME... stitched 3 sides on the machine...turned it ..and oh, ... was I happy with the look!   Sometimes I do take a long time to make decisions it seems ...but, in the end ... am usually very happy with all of it... so, no time wasted really.















Stuffed and finished.















Dupioni silk for the backing.















Frilly picot stitch along the plain lace trim.















Little cross stitched hearts that look like strawberries to me.
































Edged in buttonhole lace stitch.  Finishes it off perfectly.  And, there you have it....my first pin cushion.  Yay me!


14 comments:

Dolores said...

Wow, is that ever pretty. Are you gonna use it as a pin cushion?

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Vee,

Your new pin cushion is so pretty, love all the white, lace and all the pretty hearts and stitches - you must be happy with it.
Happy weekend
hugs
Carolyn

Twiglet said...

Totally brilliant!! So pretty and such lovely work involved there V. x Jo

Lin said...

Why use this as a pin cushion? I'd fill it a bit with some potpourri and make sachets out of them. It's just too lovely to stick some pins into!

Shashi Nayagam said...

Beautiful work as always

karen said...

you know I love your pin pillow! and you may want to look at my blog today!!!

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Its sooo beautiful Vee!!!
but, But,,, I could never stick a pin in that gorgeous thing...LOL
XXOO Marie Antoinette

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Yay you indeed! You have created a lovely little pin pillow but, like others, I wouldn't be able to stick any but the fanciest of pins into it.

Maa said...

You making me quite envious with your wonderful talent. beautiful! Sue

Catherine said...

You have been busy ~ very cute!
xo Catherine

JennyPennyPoppy said...

Beautifully designed and stitched! Simply lovely.

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Stopping by to say hello, and swoon again over your precious pillow.
Do you do any swaps Vee? I'm going to be in a swap soon. We are making paper items. If you are interested...let me know.And I will tell you more.
XXOO Marie Antoinette

Mary Ann said...

I love it!!!

Gwen Buchanan said...

Vee, this is truly a precious Work of Art.