I never can resist a good pincushion swap – and when I saw that Rachel of House of Pinheiro was organising one, I dashed to sign up. Rachel and I were paired together, which felt like a bit of a responsibility – you’ve got to have a good swap when you are the one organising it! More of that in a minute… First I want to share the beautifully stitched pincushion that Rachel sent me:
I’ve never done cross stitch, but I can imagine that this beautiful stitching took a great deal of time and attention, and the colours are so pretty! If that wasn’t enough, I also received a wonderful 3 layer scissor holder (very useful – I am constantly losing my scissors!) and a pretty little tissue case (sorry, I did take pics of these, but the weather was so dreadful today, they are not great shots…). I felt very spoilt to be the recipient of 3 such thoughtful gifts.
Here’s what I sent to Rachel – I think she likes it! I made 4 tiny log cabin blocks using my Liberty fabrics, and then made them into a larger block. Originally I planned to have the pink sections in the middle but decided I liked the blues in the middle instead – I love a bit of improvisation(!). The crochet edging wasn’t planned at all, and I added it mostly to hide the rather dodgy bit of stitching I did to close the pincushion! But it does suit the rather Victorian floral theme, which just shows how sometimes mistakes can bring good results.
It was a great swap all round – thanks so much to the organisers!
I’ll be back tomorrow with my weekly UK fabric news post, in the mean time, don’t forget to sign up to win some gorgeous Lecien fabrics in our giveaway with Stitch Me Lane. Enjoy the rest of your Saturday evening.