It’s Frantic Friday and I’m wishing I had several pairs of hands. I’ve been taking pictures and putting some buttons on cards today, but longing to get back to some sewing.
Just time to show you some of my lucky tomato pincushions which I’m taking to my Christmas fairs. They’re a complete exercise in thrift, from scrap material my late mother-in-law had (and she’s been gone two decades!) and old embroidery thread. Even the stuffing is reclaimed. I’ve called them lucky because legend has it that a tomato on a mantelpiece brings the house’s inhabitants prosperity and good fortune. Well, it’s worth a shot.
The sun shone so beautifully while I took these pictures that I got quite mesmerised by the shadows of the pins. Hope you like.
PS These are now available to purchase from the comfort of your own home on Etsy.
Lucky tomato pincushions
I’m doing a fine impersonation of a headless chicken this week and had hoped to have blogged by now about my lovely day in London last Thursday (V&A quilt exhibition, Liberty’s and Margo Selby’s for a “textile taxidermy” private view) but that will have to wait: a series of unfortunate events has seen to that. Let’s just say that I’m double-booked for funerals on Monday.
Meanwhile, preparations are afoot for the It’s Darling! fair here in Bath on 17th July. Here are some of my scrap tomato pincushions in progress; outers are oddments that my mother-in-law had, and she passed over to the Great Beyond more than two decades back! I never, but never, throw anything away… Some pincushions are filled with wool combings from felted sweaters, some with upholstery waste, some with vintage toy stuffing. The finished ones are embellished with old embroidery thread and topped off with a felt crown. Yes, that’s mostly old felt too. I’ll post a picture of the finished items asap.