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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Back to the Pincushion Swap

Earlier this month, in a post titled "I've Done It Again" I talked about how I'd joined a pincushion swap, then I went on to talk about my pincushion "plan".
Of course everything changed once I started working--right down to going from papermache to fabric--and the finished pincushion looks nothing like my initial idea, but that's ok because I like it, but most important, my swap partner likes it. In fact, I liked the first pincushion so much that I made a second one for myself. Both pincushions started life as pockets from a chambray shirt, and just sort of grew from there.

I sent the boy pincushion off to live with my swap partner, and I kept the girl here with me. I copied the photos from an old class picture that belonged to my husband's father, probably in the early 1930s. I wish I knew the students' names and what their lives are/were like; I'll just have to imagine I guess.

I had a great time making these pincushions--especially the free-form embroidery--so I think I'll make a few more, maybe put them in my empty little etsy shop, and find out if anyone else likes them too.

Birds Hearts Swap
Birds Hearts Swap2
Birds Hearts Swap3


StephieMadFish said...

Wow that so beautiful. It so full of colour, feel for fabric and a tool that is inspiring as well as practical.
Love the photos!!! I have been scanning more family ones in tonight. Keep up the imaginative work!

clarabelle said...

They're absolutely fantastic, Melaine: everything about them constitutes what I would hate to make for myself, but would love to buy for myself.

Can't wait to check on your Etsy site, when it's up and running!


melaine said...

Oh gee, thanks. ( :
Welcome back.

Liz said...

I was a proud receiver of one of these BEAUTIFUL pincushions. Thanks again for sharing your art and creativity with us.

Liz (aka Pragmatic on Ravelry)

P.S. I linked your blog to mine! :)

Joanna said...

they look very funny! I like them (especialy on this gray winter day!)
Best regards!

Beate Knappe said...

I love this

clarabelle said...


best wishes from Clarexxx

Kayla coo said...

I love the multi colours.x