Thursday, June 28, 2012

Pincushions and Thread Catchers

A girl can't have too many pincushions,
especially when she stitches all over the house.
I have been having so much fun finding items
to repurpose into pincushions.

The pincushions have been created using
 100% wool.  At a recent fiber festival
I bought wool fleece to use as stuffing.
The fleece has a good deal of lanolin still
in it so the needles glide right in.
To cover the the fleece, I have used repurposed
wool sweaters and wool felt.
This pincushion was once a sugar bowl. 
The lid long gone, but that's okay I don't
need it.  Created for a special project,
project.  Luzine had sent me 3 needles.
Each needle was intended to be used with a
certain thread and stitch.  I knew, if I did
not find a way to keep those needles seperated,
I would not be able to tell them apart. I have a
small removable label by each of the needles.

This one was really fun to make!
It began as a toothbrush holder. A quick spray
with white spray paint covered the brass metalwork.
The loops on the outside are perfect for scissors,
thimbles, my magnifying glasses and other tools.
The covering wool felt had a dip in a Rit dyebath,
as did the marble base giving it a sutble pink cast.
I think this one is my favorite and most fun to make.

A toothpick holder along with a vintage
earring were used here.  The covering is
a felted sweater with a bit of needled felted
fleece to add some color.

Along with a pincusion you need a thread catcher.
I will often put my thread ends on the arm of my
chair, of course they end up on the floor.
My friend Sherry did a post on some thread
catchers she has been creating.
After I left her a comment
on how cute they were,
she sent me one!
Not only useful for thread tails but the perfect size
to hold a spool of thread.  Spools of thread often want
to roll away, but no more chasing and trying to get them
before the dog.  I love the label Sherry added.
Sherry has left me a comment before that something was
I love that word!
 When they add it to the dictionary, I hope
Sherry gets credit for inventing it!
Notice the safety pin fabric and the
little red safety pin Sherry painted.
Sherry has a link for the pattern on her
post. It is based on 1 triangle!
Thank you, Sherry.

I found this site through a maze of blogs.
Do you ever do that, click on a link to
another blog....and 5 minutes later you
are wondering how did I get here.
I found a wool bowl on this site
that is based on a square.  I could not
click on a photo to show you but go
and see for yourself.
The bowl is shown holding different items
so I thought it may make a good
thread catcher.  I can not read a word
on the tutorial...thank goodness the
photos are easy to follow.
The tutorial shows a 28 cm square of
wool felt as the base.  There are diagrams
that show how to remove the corners.
I wanted to make the pot my own so
my square is smaller but the corners
are cut the same as the tutorial.
My base was once a wool skirt
and my sides are needle felted instead
of being stitched.
After needle felting the sides in position,
I then wet felted the piece to further secure
the sides.  After shaping it over a juice glass
I left it to dry.  Further embellishing was completed
with running stitches and DMC floss and small
seed beeds.  It matches the aqua/blue pincushion
with the vintage earring.

Another good blogging friend Mary Anne
made this cute pincushion and thread catcher
combined!  She is always 2 steps ahead of me.
In her post  she gives a link to the tutorial.

Very cute MA!  Love the fabric!

Last but not least is this little goodie from
DeeDee.  DeeDee sent me this as a challenge
to see what I could make from it....I am thinking
of burning out the center and ...... thought
I would embroider something on it that would be too expected!
Brutaly hot outside here for the next
few days.  They have even closed
Churchill Downs Race Track!
Too hot for the horses and barn
Stay cool!

Love to all,


ShirleyC said...

Well, aren't you the smart one! Those are all so cute and creative! I also have to figure out what to do with that little heart. Time will tell!!

DeeDee said...

This is my kinda post I tell,, I just love your lil pincushions.. how do you get them so nice and dome like... mine never look that good... and that lil thread catcher is darling too...

Challenge on. I cannot wait to see what you do with your heart...

love your work Deb

Createology said...

Deb thank you for posting your lovely thread and needle related tools. Your pincushions are wonderful wool creations. And that bowl you felted is fabulous. Super fun to see all your creations and gifties. Blissful Stitching Dear...

lambs and ivy designs said...

Hi Deb,
thank you for your visit and sweet comment!!!

I love all of your pin cushions!!!
What a great idea...I am going to try to find time to make one of my own!!

Have a happy day!!

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Hi Deb. Brutally hot here too. It zaps my energy. You have been busy making those sweet pin cushions. I was actually just heading to MA's blog to find the link for that pin cushion/thread catcher. That is such a great idea. After moving "stuff" around, I know I have enough fabric for one. BTW, I like your new header here too!

libbyquilter said...

oh my~! these are all so very cute~!!!!!~

that remodeled toothbrush holder is clever and gorgeous and i think that the bowl tutorial is fun but you took it to a whole new level with your sweet confection of a bowl~!!!!~ LOVE it~!

a really fun post~!


luvbnmom said...

My goodness. I don't know which one I like the best, although I really tend to lean towards the old toothbrush holder, so cool and inventive! I love them all, great job!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I absolutely love the toothbrush holder one!! That would be perfect to coral all my little tools so the cat doesn't think they're his personal playthings. Thanks for showing mine, btw.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

I love all the stuff you have to share with us, but I am stuck on that toothbrush holder! Its cleaver, useful and unique. Good Eye!
xx, Carol

Dianne said...

Love these! I've thought of making pin cushions from tea cups but haven't gotten around to it.

Beedeebabee said...

Hey Deb, What great post! Your pincushions are all darling, but that toothbrush holder with the stitchy goodies hanging off it's sides ROCKS! How clever you are! :D Sherry's thread holder is so adorable as well. She's such a sweetie pie!..and your felted bowl turned out just really beautiful.'re right about the roses being a thorn you know where! :D Paulette

Lorraine said...

Wonderful examples of repurposing! Stay cool.

margaret said...

Deb how I have loved reading your latest blog, this is the 3rd time I have looked at it and then I realised i had not commented. I am now going on the search for suitable things to adapt for pin cushions and will also check out the links, as to which is my favourite well I can`t decide they bare all great.The felted bowl is also lovely and practical too

Carissa said...

Those are awesome! You are do crafty!! I have a bad habit of using the couch as a pin cushion!

vicki said...

These are the most adorable pin cushions--- I love that they are made from vintage finds- so beautifully unique.

That felted bowel is totally fabulous--
Tell me again- how do you do all these things!!!

Theresa said...

So many cute creations! I have a bunch of those that I use on a regular basis! Love them all! Have a blessed day, HUGS!

Sue (Someones Mom) said...

Well, as you know...I have lived a lifetime without needing a pin cushion! When you don't sew...just a little box with some thread and needles is just fine for the occasional button. However...these are so darn cute. Maybe they could be an earring cushion??

JennyPennyPoppy said...

I love pincushions and probably have too many of them but there are just so many cute and lovely ideas, patterns and designs for them. Yours look great especially the former toothbrush holder. What a neat idea and so handy for your scissors and other stitching things. Your sugar bowl and toothpick holder pincushions are neat too!! I definitely have to make one of those nifty thread catchers. :)

Dorthe said...

Dear Deb,
such many and sweet pinn cussions,I love the little blue tooth pick holder one,-dear Sherry also gifted me with one of her sweet thread catchers- !
The white heart you got, looks so wonderful, I`m exited to see what you will do with it.
Hugs from Dorthe

Jillayne said...

What a load of treasures you have packed in to this post Deb! I love the everything - no way I can pick a favourite here... but I must admit I am partial to the little aqua-coloured one you felted - so cute!
We are just finally getting some heat and I have to say I am loving it.

suziqu's thread works said...

Hi Deb
What an amazing collection of little pinushions - I love them all but thought the one with the little rings on the outside was such a great idea plus the one with the hollow centre for threads.

Thanks dear friend for popping over for a visit - it is always lovely to hear from you!
Take care and hugs,

Anita said...

Lovely post and beautiful pincushions,love the pink one.Your friend Mary Anne's pin cushion and thread catcher is so cute,a clever idea...

Marjolein said...

Cute pincushions you made.
Sherry's threadcatcher is something that is on my endless to-do-list.

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