Last week I had the opportunity to take a “Beginning Wool” class at the Serendipity Quilt Shop in Dagsboro, Delaware.
Serendipity Quilt Shop (Photo from their website)
This shop was a real treat to visit and taking a class was just an added bonus. The teacher, Lenny Truitt was so knowledgeable and covered a broad range of topics about using felted wool including dying and embroidery techniques.
Class example (bottom left) and three pincushions made during class.
The best part of the trip was that my friends Anne and Donna also took the class and we got to spend the evening before at Donna’s condo on the beach.
The pattern is called Winter Blossom by American Homestead.
Winter Blossom by American Homestead
We have asked Lenny to come and teach a workshop this summer for the NeedleChasers of Chevy Chase quilt guild. We won’t have as much time to sew a pincushion, and so we are considering this smaller project:
Needle holder – Outside
I can’t wait to do another project using felted wool!
This is week 3 of the Zakka Style Sew Along. This week’s project is a pretty straight forward pincushion. Here is the example from the book:
Here is the pincushion I made:
Zakka Pincushion front
Zakka Pincushion back
I made the following changes from the directions in the book:
1. Size – mine is a bit smaller.
2. I used sand instead of polyester fiberfill inside. I like the feel of sand and supposedly it keeps your pins sharp! This did make attaching the buttons on the front and back to one another kind of funky because the “fill” does not stay in one place.
3. I free motion stitched a design on fabric rather than stamping.
It’s cute but not as cute as the chicken pincushions I made a few weeks ago!
Don’t you agree?
Aren’t these the cutest pincushions ever? I bought the pattern years ago at Quilted Threads in Henniker, NH. At the time I thought it would be a great gift for my sister who has chickens on her “farm”.
I hadn’t made one up until a week ago. Once I made one, I couldn’t stop! I kept wondering how another one in a different fabric would look! The pattern is called Little Banty Chick Pincushion. It is by Susa Glen at the ArtFabric Studio. Notice how these have “painted fingernails!” (Actually just a red bead at the end of all the yellow beads).
I filled these with sand but I’m going to try walnut shells (thanks Anne!) in the next one I make. They are ground up and have the same texture as sand but not quite as fine. It seems as though there will be less chance of it “leaking” out of the seems – although this has not been a problem with the sand. There is a little bit of polyfil stuffing in the head as no matter how tight I fill them, the head always ends up empty.
They sew up very quickly. You catch the beak and the tail into the few body seams. They are filled with sand before the beads are added to make the feet, comb and wattle. I had a lot of fun making them and can’t wait to make some more!