All morning I’ve entertained the best intentions of stopping by my blog to make a post. It didn’t happen. Evidence of a weekend spent crafting and going to church welcomed me when I eased out of bed and into the kitchen to brew a large mug of hot, strong, black tea. What I saw made me rethink getting out of bed and reconsider returning. I didn’t. This entire Monday morning was spent in recovery mode. I’ve almost reclaimed the space where we spend most of our inside time. It’s astounding what a live-in ambiance two people can create in a weekend. Good news is…I got spiritually recharged and have something pretty to show for much of the time.
The art swap group I belong to hosted a fall pincushion swap. The theme was the only criteria other than making something to send you would like to receive. After much thought I chose to make an acorn and visited blogs and Etsy’s for ideas and inspiration. I found lots of acorns but none compared to this one by Crabbapple Hill Studio. Rarely do I buy craft patterns, but I was hooked on using this one. The detailed instructions did not disappoint me. After making one to giveaway, making one for myself is a definite possibility…time allowing. The pattern makes a really nice pincushion.
Here’s mine…soon to belong to someone else. The pattern includes directions for making double-sided, fabric leaves and a little tag that serves as a needlecase. If you’ve ever lost needles in a pincushion and had to “find” them by squeezing them out, you’ll appreciate the tag. The only problem I had making any of the components of this project was with the Heat ‘n Bond I used when making the leaves. I found it necessary to use a little Tacky Glue to help it fuse the layers together. The cap of my acorn is made using a piece of a thrifted wool sweater I felted. I filled it primarily with poly fiber with the exception of about two inches of emery sand in the bottom. The little needlecase tag is made of wool felt and muslin.
(I ordered the yummy wool felt from Cleo And Me Patterns. (Service from both of my sources was excellent.)
Fall has come and with it a blast of brilliant color. My sweetheart surprised me with a single, yellow daisy he found growing across the road. Is it any wonder fall is the inspiration for a pincushion swap? Certainly not.
Until next time:
And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding. Daniel 2:21