After months of anticipation I finally have my copy of Homespun Vol11 No5. Woo hoo!!!
Last year when Sue Spargo visited my shop, Catherine (editor of Homespun) asked Sue and I to design a project for this issue of Homespun. After much deliberation, we decided to both make pincushions (a passion at the moment). Sue and I had so much fun working on these. Sue sourced some amazing tin bases over in USA, and, using the same templates, we designed a pincushion each, using our specific style. Sue's pincushion is featured on the front cover looking bright and breezy - I just love her sweet bird! When designing these, we both kept them under wraps from one another until we had stitched the final stitches, so it was a great novelty to see Sue's out and about.
I went with a very traditional theme for my pincushion, as the base looked so old. I loved the fact that I could design completely different things for each segment. I found some lovely linens and threads in America last year I couldn't wait to use, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. Paper piecing is another patchwork style I'm loving at the moment, so I had to incorporate this also. I love the fact you take hand sewing everywhere, and I guess this is reflected in my pincushion. Of course I also had to throw in some wool applique to top it off ha ha.
I feel very fortunate to have been given this opportunity to work alongside Sue. She is such a wonderful person who is SO inspiring and is one talented designer. If you want to see some of Sue's other creations, you can view them on Sue's blog.