This was another week of summer and for me, that translates into not much sewing time. I had my son Buck’s kids here Monday evening through Thursday afternoon and I had three foster dogs here on top of that. Then Friday I was off to meet up with Ray and friends. On Saturday it was a complete catch-up day. I was way behind on blog-type work. Little correspondence was up to date…and still isn’t. Blog posts weren’t written for several days so that was behind…plus the house was a DIVE. Five dogs, nine grandkids, and adults associated with them and a birthday party can wreck a house fairly quickly and that truly is what happened.
Then to top that off…I got a wild hair. I had an idea in my head and I just HAD to do it. HAD TO. I threw the mess and the other projects aside and dove in. This idea was so hot in my head…I had to see how it would translate into fabric.
You’re probably looking at this and thinking WHAT? What are you doing Jo? This is not you. EXACTLY! That’s why I had to see how my idea would translate into fabric.
These are tiny mini tomato pincushions. They are designed to be needle minders for cross stitchers.
Of course, they were so stinking cute that I couldn’t make just one.
I did have to run downstairs and try it out…here you can see how it works…
Cross-stitchers use needle minders with their projects. When you have a needle and need to keep it somewhere safe, you use a needle minder. Most look more like this…
You can find the Etsy shop that sells this one HERE. In general, they range in price from $8 to $12 each depending on the size, design, and seller.
They are used so stitchers don’t get needle holes in your linen as they are working on a project. Typically needle minders have two parts, a cute pretty piece, and an extra magnet. The pretty piece has a magnet in it and goes on top of the project and the extra magnet goes on the underside of the fabric below the pretty part and holds the pretty part of the needle minder in place.
More often they are made of metal. My idea was to make it from fabric and have it look like a mini pincushion.
It is so stinking cute!! I love it.
I can wiggle my hoop and the tomato pincushion stays in place. I am so happy with how it turned out. Then I thought about selling them. Do you think cross-stitchers would buy them? How much would you charge for them? I have no idea. I’m not good at this type of thing. I always undervalue my work.
Well..the ideas didn’t end there. Next, I knew I came up with this strawberry design.
…and then a sunflower. I can’t leave good enough alone. I actually have ideas for several others. Oh my Jo. Turn off your brain!!
So what did I get stitched this week…needle minders. That is absolutely it…nothing else. UGH. It sure was fun making these though. I’m still excited about them.
They can be used as refrigerator magnets as well….that’s what I worked on once I had time this week.
I likely won’t have much sewing next week either. I’m off to a cross-stitch retreat this weekend!!
…and now it’s Sunday and the house is still a dive (I didn’t do anything Saturday as I was on a needle minder frenzy) so I’m signing off and heading to the kitchen to find it and then to the garden to water and harvest everything that is likely overgrown.
Seriously let me know what you think about the needle minders. I’d really love to know if you’d think they’d sell and what price to put on them. You all know more about this than I do and I really could use some advice.