Toodstool Pin Cushion (maybe)

I’m quite excited think today is my first link up to Le Challenge something is actually finished in time!

Wednesday I toddled up to St Austell to spend the day chatting and crafting with a friend there. We each had one small project to try- Liz came up with a felt bauble (as seen in the background) super easy and addictive! Will show more when I completed some more….

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Helen lent me her Cotton Floss book which has so many projects I want to try including this pin cushion. A couple of hours of choosing felt, embroidering, stitching and stuffing we both ended up with a toadstool 🙂

Even though we both used the same pattern our toadstools came out different sizes!

Linking up with Le Challenge for this month’s theme of “wood” where you can most often find these 🙂

Le Challenge

Hannah.x

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Catch Up… And Finally Some Pin Cushion Lovelies!

Phew where has this week gone? I did managed to have a couple of days off work but filled them with crafty goodness.

Thursday saw me in Delabole at a workshop learning piping, hidden zips and buttonholes… isn’t this lovely?

Karen is a very patient instructor and lovely! If you fancied booking on to one of her workshops or even buying some of her lovely goodies- her website is the place to go! Take a peek at Just Bunting.

Friday I trotted up to Exeter to the Creative Stitches and Hobbycrafts event through several weather zones varying from bright sun and blue sky to heavy bouts of mist and rain!  But it was worth it… see what I’ve got!

Question is…. what to create with it all?!

Now… as a treat for reading this far have you seen some of the creations from the Pin Cushion swap?

A lovely strawberry! From Frances Hill of Tilly Jackson.

Isn’t the lovely- teapot and girlie from Jackie or MrsJC.

Some more gorgeousness from Claire. 

From Zoe of Buttoned Up and Pinned Down.

What Sophie of Cannybelle received from Michelle.

 

 

MrsShilts and Bluebirds and Daisies cushions 🙂

Last but not least Sarah’s turtle and my girlie looking owl 🙂

Aren’t they all lovely and amazing? Which one is your favourite?

Now some of you may be waiting to hear this… the next swap will be annouced tomorrow! And you have Claire to thank for the idea…

Head on over to the flickr group to join and keep up to date on any news!

Hannah.x

Summer Swaps

So where has the summer gone? It seems the past couple months have whizzed by. I have been busy (lots of new things coming your way soon…)!

Over the summer I participated in two swaps- a summer swap by Kat of Kat Sighs and the other.. the pincushion swap I organised!

First up this is what I received from Jackie of MrsJC. Isn’t it lovely? As soon as my spare room/sewing room is organised it will be there!

 

I’ve become obsessed with Owl pincushions (seriously there are a few dotted around my house….) so this is one with a twist for Jackie! Summery fabric but with dried lavender mixed in with the wadding for a lovely scent.

Next up is my pin cushion swap! This was so fun to do and overall a success I think!

From Sarah a gorgeous turtle I dare not stick him with pins tho so think he will be the sewing machine guardian.

 

One thing I found out about Sarah was she liked girly things so I hope my owl was pretty enough 🙂 It’s a shame in my huge stash those were the only buttons that complemented the look so I added a bow.

So.. want to see what others have done in the swap? Keep your eye open over the next couple days for some delicious looking photos… and you never know details of the next swap!

Hannah.x

Some more cute Pincushions….

Shameless plug first- have you seen/signed up for my pincushion swap? The signup closes on the 31st July…. full details here!
Who hasn’t heard of the Moda Bake Shop? It’s a place where you can find lots of lovely sewing recipes to tryI already have my eye on a few!

Like this simpleish and cute pincushion by Kim Niedzwiecki (featured on the MBS)

 

You can do all sort of funky shapes too- like this one by Kimber.

To anyone else does it remind you of a jester and all you need is a bell!

That’s my lovely picks for the day and still I’m no closer to what I’m actually going to make for my partner… are you?

Hannah.x

Pincushion Swap!

Pin cushions… now who doesn’t love them? They are cute and functional and very easy to be addicted to collecting them!

I missed some amazing swaps this year so thought host my own. So who’s up for a bit of fun? The idea is to be given a partner, make a pincushion and swap!

The Pesky Details…

Medium: As long as you make it yourself it can be in any medium either sewn with fabrics, patchwork, knitted, crocheted, crossstitched, felted….

Entrants: Open to all UK and International (If you don’t want an international partner let me know!)

Day to Enrol By: 31st July 2012

Day to Post By: 31st August 2012

How to Sign Up: Either leave me a comment here or email me at squintessential@hotmail.co.uk please don’t forget to include your email address.

Once the enrolment day has passed I will pair you up and email you with your partner.

Feel free to have fun, blog and make friends so who’s in?

To start you off on some creativity some pincushion eye candy below 🙂

Hannah.x

The lovely Party Cottage from Hippywitch on Etsy.

Daisy Pincushion by Lynwoodcrafts on Etsy.