Monday, August 10, 2009

Ironing ahead / Pin Cushions finished

Last week when we went to see J's parents, I asked my m-i-l if she has leftovers from her sewing. She used to do a lot of doll clothes, also custom-made, and clothes to wear. Yes, there were things she wanted to get rid off, and we looked through her stash. Things she wanted to keep were exactly those I was not keen on, and vice versa. So she kept all the pastel flowers, and I got the powerful colours. Happy!


But first, I will cut these cuties apart and sew 3 biscornus for my friend who ordered them.

They will be a giveaway for her colleagues in the museums she works for.

Now the flat squares shall be turned into 3D objects. I start sewing a corner of square A to a midpoint of square B. This means that the next corner of square B will end up at the next midpoint of A. In this way they will alternate until the object will be almost closed. Then I stuff it -- wool is better than batting, because batting blocks the needles when pushed in. Then I pull a thread from the middle of the front side right through the filling to the back and fix it with beads; also small buttons are fine for the purpose. There is no copyright on the patterns, I constructed them after Estonian folk motives, so please feel free to copy them if you like.

11 comments:

Deb G said...

What a great project!

ArtSparker said...

Lovely little hassocks.

Dolores said...

Simply stunning. I like the way the blue triangles show up when then are finished being stitched together.

Diane said...

Love these little pincushions, what a great design!

Clare W said...

It really is a super idea - thank you xx

Rayna said...

I love these biscornus, Eva - and I love the word, which sounds so French! It seems a shame to actually USE them but it is wonderful that art and utilitarian are not mutually exclusive.

Eva said...

Using doesn't harm them! I have had one in use for a year, and it still looks fresh.

Art4Sol said...

I didn't realize how small they are until pictured next to your hands. These are beauties!

Dori said...

thanks for posting this - was wanting to make pincushions but uncertain how I'd approach it.

Judy said...

They are lovely....and thanks for the little tutorial! I love the bright colors....MMMMMM!

xo

Gaia said...

What a great idea.. they are lovely.
Gaia