While working in the garden, it was easy to hear the birds singing and a bee buzzing around a flower. There is only one thing that can draw either of us away from such a perfect day outside and that is cross stitching. If you are like us not a day goes by without stitching.
Styling with Stitches
This month's project is pin cushions. We chose two very pretty bird patterns from Brenda Gervis of With Thy Needle and Thread.
When I was a child I was fascinated by my Mom's sewing items. I loved how pretty her pin cushion was and all her spools of thread. I can remember playing with her sewing box and I would set it up like a classroom. Boys were spools of thread in colors like navy, brown and tan. And the girls were in pretty shades of pink, red and green. I would teach them all a lesson from school that day. It did not surprise my Mom when years later I majored in elementary ed. and became a teacher.
Today we don't have those pretty wood spools with engraved writing on top of them for our thread. Now we only have plastic spools with paper labels. We have to rely on searching for vintage spools make of wood. But, we still can buy pretty pin cushions thanks to people who cross stitch, quilt and do needlework. I have a large pinterest board just on pin cushions that you can find here.
We hope you like our pin cushions with bird stitches for our monthly June theme. We selected two different styles for their finishes. One is in a tart tin and the other is on a pretty wood stand.
RJ's pin cushion: I used the pattern "A Tisket A Tasket" by Brenda Gervis. The little bird with her bonnet in this pattern is just too cute not to stitch. I didn't follow the directions for finishing, however. Instead, I found the center of my stitch and drew a five inch circle using a protractor. Cut the same sized circle out of some pretty fabric and stitched them together leaving a small opening to turn. After it was turned, I filled it with crushed walnuts and sewed the opening shut. Then I tacked on some pretty cotton lace that Mary had sent me. I added some ribbon and a scissor charm before I placed it in a tart tin. I bought the tins here on Amazon. I found the cute bird stick pin at Etsy from the sweetest lady from Victoria, Canada. Her site is called Pincushion Crazy and can be found here.
I gave my new 50 lens that my blog buddy sent me a try today. It blurs out some of the surrounding items while you get a good view of your target. It is a fun accessory thanks to Mary.
|Closeup of the stitch still using the 50 lens|
|This is the tart pan laying flat like it will be used. I had to stitch the ribbon and lace to the pin cushion.|
|A Tisket A Tasket|
by With Thy Needle and Thread
40 ct. country mocha linen
called for over dyed threads were used
Mary's pin cushion: The story behind this stitch exemplifies the generous spirit and kindness of stitchers. RJ found a photo of a pattern that she wanted badly and her search for it came up empty handed. I went on a cross stitching facebook page and asked for help in identifying the pattern. A lovely lady named Cathy offered to send it to me. She not only sent that one but several more Fanci That patterns and even some of the coordinating buttons.
She was very happy that they were going to be used and asked us to pass them on after they have been stitched. As soon as we are done stitching them, we will be sharing the patterns with our followers as part of our give-a-ways in future posts.
This pin cushion was just a small thank you to Cathy. I used the pattern Pin Feathers by Brenda Gervis and the talented Faye of Carolina Stitcher finished it using some of my antique buttons and a wood stand I painted with Annie Sloan "Duck Egg Blue" paint. The wooden stand can be found here. I was thrilled when I received the finished pin cushion and was tempted to keep it myself! Cathy loved it too!
|I love how the antique buttons hang from the pin cushion|
by With Thy Needle and Thread
40 ct. Newcastle flax linen
called for over dyed threads
Next week we will have a special "grab bag" you don't want to miss. We have a really nice give - a - way to tell you all about. We also will have photos of our challenges. See you then.
RJ and Mary
When life gives you crumbs…feed the birds.