Monday, September 4, 2017

Perfectly Pleasng Pincushion Parade Starts Today

First of all, today I ask you to keep Texas in your prayers as so many are dealing with putting their homes and lives back together after the devastation left by Hurricane Harvey.

Today is the first day of the Perfectly Pleasing Pincusion Parade.  My sister Ida and I always disqualify ourselves from winning any of the fabulous prices available but we are such "show-offs" that we always link-up to show our pincushions.  You can go here to see all the prizes available, see who has linked-up, and to add your own pincushions to the parade.

Here are my pincushions:

My husband and I like going to estate sales on the weekend.  I found the pincushion above, on the left, at one of these sales.  It's rather old and torn up.  See where the stuffing is peeking out on the left?  It was really dusty as well. I was fascinated with how intricately it was sewn so I cleaned it up and studied it.  Each of the 8 pieces are sewn separately and then sewn together.  The one I made is on the right.  

I also found these at different estate sales and/or thrift shops:

The triangle-shaped on the left was dirty and stained so I washed it. Now it's faded and torn so I'll probably make a new cover for it later.  Then there are two Christmas pincushions and the one on the far right is, interestingly, made from a canning jar lid.

So, you ask, did I make ANY pincushions.  Yes, yes, here is an adorable little house pincushion made from an embroidery pattern I found at one of our prize sponsors, Embroidery Library.  

I also made this chicken from a free pattern I found online. 

And this idea I saw somewhere online as well and adapted it to this:
I was trying to make a beautiful round Dresden plate pincushion and , Voila!, I came up with an entry for the Ugly Pincushion Contest.

It did NOT come out round but rather bumpy, crooked and UGLY!

I also received these two beautiful pincushions from my sister Ida.
I like the pretty star pincushion with what Ida calls imperfections because she thinks the points should line up.  I like it just the way it us.  And then there's the pretty flower with it's beautiful cross-hatching across the top.  Thanks, Ida.

Finally, here is My Pincushion Parade:

Come link-up with us.
That is all.