Sunday 17 November 2019

Mini Pincushions for the Travelling Stitcher

Mini Pincushions for the Travelling Stitcher

Recently, I had a great find at my local charity shop.  I found a couple of wide hexagonal rings that I thought would make great mini pincushions...

Rings from the local charity shop

I used some FIMO to make bottoms for the rings using the rings as cutters to get the right shape...

FIMO bases

Next I glued the bottoms into the rings - I used UHU glue...

FIMO bases glued into the rings

Then I cut out a circular fabric top using a template.  I wasn't sure whether this would be the right size so I made one in calico to check and it was fine.  Using a running stitch round the fabric circumference I gathered the fabric and stuffed it...

Cardboard template for the fabric top and samples

Here are the finished ones I made using Liberty prints...

Liberty print pincushion tops

I glued these into my pincushion bases. And here are the finished pincushions, all ready for the travelling stitcher...

Mini pinshions ready to use

As not everyone will be able to find some suitable rings or have some FIMO lying around I've written some instructions so you can make your own mini pincushions using bottle tops...

Mini bottle top pincushions

Check out the instructions here or take a look on my How to make... page.

Happy stitching and happy travelling with your mini pincushion!

Sunday 3 November 2019

York Makers Winter Fair - Saturday 9 November 2019

I'm only doing one fair this winter and it is the York Makers Winter Fair on the Saturday 9 November 2019 from 10:00 to 15:30 at Clements Hall, York.  I'm really looking forward to it.  If you'd like a sneaky peak at some of the items I will have with me take a look.  There'll be some ceramic bird button brooches...

Ceramic Bird Button Brooches

and some anodised aluminium button brooches...

Anodised Aluminium Button Brooches

Check out the knitted tree brooches in a variety of sizes...

Tree Brooches

and the wooden domino brooches...

Wooden Domino Brooches

and, of course, there'll be a large selection of Liberty print fabric necklaces...
Liberty Print Fabric Necklaces

and some Christmas cards involving a bit of upcycling...

and lots more!

There'll also be lots of handmade loveliness from other stallholders:

Art, Prints & Cards:
Art in the Attic
Lin Taylor Art 
Lucy Monkman Illustration
Marco Looks 
Art, Prints & Cards

PQ Soy Wax Candles 

Andrea Cundell 
Catherine Boyne-Whitelegg
Here be Monsteras 

Candles & Ceramics

Deborah Bakes 

Naomi's Stained Glass 

Jo Bagshaw Jewellery Designer and Maker
Judy's Jewels 
Richard Whitelegg 


Turn the Page Design 

Cakes, Glass, Papercraft & Wood

Textiles, Clothes & Vintage Haberdashery: 
Blossom By Helen 
Greenhart and Kind 
Petra Bradley Prints 
What's to be Done With Her
Wonderful Weaselworks

Textiles, Clothes & Vintage Haberdashery

Greenhart and Kind 

If you want to know more about any of the artists & makers, you can find them all on Facebook or check out the York Makers page - where until 6pm on Monday 4 November you've a chance to win a £25 voucher to spend at the fair! 

Hope to see you at the York Makers Winter Fair!