Surprise! I’ve written a sewing book! Pincushions to Sew, from Leisure Arts, features 15 pincushions designed by yours truly.
These were great fun to make, and I had a blast thinking of ways to embellish them. And since I’m only an intermediate sewer myself, I can guarantee that the sewing skill needed is “not that much”.
- They are quick to make. I was amazed at how quickly I finished these, compared to a knitting project!
- They offer the perfect opportunity to practice your sewing skills. I learned to make Prairie Points just for this book.
- It’s a great way to use small amounts of fabric. Each of these uses only 5″ charm squares or jelly roll strips, in coordinating prints and colors.
- You can embellish them using all kinds of fun ribbons and other trims. What a terrific excuse for another trip to the store to get more doo-dads!
- The finished product is completely utilitarian. You can always use another pincushion.
- They make great gifts for your crafty friends.
You can never have too many pincushions, and with Pincushions to Sew from Leisure Arts, you can feed that need! Beginners can master the Stacked Pincushion and the trim-enhanced Trio, which features three ways to decorate a square with ribbon and mini ball fringe. The Log Cable and Tufted designs are favorites in modern prints. More experienced sewers will delight in making the Pleated and flower-like Prairie Points pincushions. Everyone can practice their simple embroidery skill with Layered Squares. Additional designed inlcude Wrist, Round, Pyramid, Cube, Pocket, Rickrack, Hexagon, and Sewing Machine. Step-by-step instructions and patterns give you all the help you need to create these 15 charming projects by Edie Eckman.
But I’m a crocheter/knitter/weaver. Why do I need a pincushion?
Take a look at this fairly unattractive close-up of my desk**. What you are seeing are two prototype pincushions being used front and center in my main work space. I am constantly reaching for a pin or a stitch marker, and these make it possible to keep what I need at hand. I’ve also go a pincushion next to my spot on the sofa in front of the TV, and in my bedroom, and in the guest room…
I really should make a cuter one for my desk, now that I’ve perfected the patterns.
What does Edie know about sewing?
I’m not surprised you asked, since you know me as a crocheter and knitter. Well, I sewed my first dress in elementary school, and a Gunne Sax-inspired prom dress in high school. That’s me, age 11, in a dress I made myself. Isn’t that mushroom fabric groovy?
In the ensuing years, I have made kids’ clothes, and countless curtains and home dec projects. However, I am not a quilter. Yet.
I hope you’ll enjoy Pincushions to Sew. And if you make any of the pincushions, please share a photo on my social media!
**Believe me, you don’t want to see the whole desk right now.