13 March 2014

March Pincushion for the CQJP 2014

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The stumpwork shamrocks have found a home!  In fact, there are lots of other little shamrocks on this pincushion too!  It is my March entry for the Crazy Quilt Journal Project (CQJP) 2014.  

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I wasn't sure how the stumpwork shamrocks were going to work out after I got them made.  I didn't want them to sit too high on the pincushion, but I also did not want them too flat.  In the end, they sit about half an inch above the surface.  I added some little shamrock blossoms below them in ribbon embroidery.  I learned so much making the shamrocks!  Next time, I'll do the embroidery on a piece of cloth closer in color to the finished project.  The muslin I used was far too white and even the closely trimmed edges glowed like beacons in the night.  A quick pass with a green marker remedied the situation, but in the future, I'd like to avoid that if possible.  

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A couple of weeks ago, I visited "A Stitching Shop" in Denver and picked up a lovely selection of Wildflowers threads by Caron.  Loved being able to use some of them on this pincushion!  They are a joy to stitch with!  

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I had a lot of fun looking through my seam embellishment notebook and picking out shamrock themed seams.  

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Around the base of the pincushion, I used some narrow velvet ribbon and stitched it on with beads.  

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The back has my usual signature.

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A few years ago, I dyed the piece of shamrock trim.  Fun to be able to use it at long last!

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Of the pincushions that I've made so far for the CQJP2014 challenge, this is the most functional.  It has a nice loose weave fabric on the top that would allow it to actually be used as a pincushion and not just an Objet d'Art!  

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It is fun to see all three of the pincushions together that I've completed so far this year!  I've still got so many ideas for the pincushions to come!  

9 comments:

Leeanne said...

Your pincushions are the best. I have a made quite a few of them.

Anonymous said...

Your pincushions are gorgeous:)) I loved your idea to add seed beads on lazy daisies....

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Wow, these are wonderful!!! Your work is exquisite and inspiring.

Happy Spring ~ FlowerLady

Sheila said...

Those are beautiful! I love pin cushions,

Renata's arts and crafts said...

this pin cushions are very cute and I love they are so variate in the designs

Rengin Yazitas said...

Lovely pincushion, I loved them.
Rengin, in Istanbul

maire said...

You amaze me! Each pincushion is a delight.

Suztats said...

Beautiful work!

Leslie said...

You really do lovely work. That pincushion is gorgeous and makes me wish I could still cq. Looking forward to the next 9 months.

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