I’ve been in the mood to work on some wool projects and have been. I have been watching Flosstube on Youtube and several of the Flosstubers are working on wool projects on Wednesdays. I can’t work on them on Wednesday but I can on other days…It’s been years since I’ve done many wool projects and I am loving the new excitement I have for wool.
I was looking for something to make for a couple of friends from Christmas presents. Originally I was going to make some snowman ornaments. Then I realized I didn’t have any tiny buttons and couldn’t. Then I realized that everything in the book needed small buttons. Bummer. That left me looking in another wool book I have trying to find a cute project that didn’t require buttons. I landed on the strawberry pincushions.
It comes from this book from Primitive Gatherings. I bought the book many years ago and always thought I might do wool but until the day I made the pincushions, I had never made anything out of it. Now…I’d like to make everything..HA!
I planned on making three. Two were gifts and one for me. For the time being I was only going to finish the two and I’d work on mine at a later date. I would at least start mine as long as all the wool was out.
Here they all are ready for stitching.
I stitched the two of them. I took pictures of my progress so you could see how each added color of stitching makes them look better.
I put interfacing on the front and back and stitched the two up much like I do pillows.
Here is the first one done…It was okay but I wasn’t a real fan of the edge. I loved my stitching…just not the edge. Remember, I am kind of new at this so I’m still learning.
I decided to try putting an added roll around the edge. To do that I cut a 1″ strip of wool. I rolled it and stitched together with a whip stitch and then glued it around the edge.
Hmm. I didn’t know if I liked that better or not.
I ended up gifting one with the edging…one without.
After the Christmas whirlwind settled, I took time to finish mine. I had learned a lot by then.
This time I decided to sew it together by sewing all the way around the edge and making a slit in the back. I also made this one about a 1/2″ smaller. I used this see-through lid as my template. I traced around it for my sewing line.
I sewed around. I clipped the edge and turned it right side out. I put as many crushed walnut shells as I could in the inside. Then I stuffed and stuffed and jammed as much poly-fill in as I could. It was TIGHT.
I whip-stitched the opening closed and then whip-stitched a piece of wool on the back to cover the slit.
Here is my finished strawberry pincushion. This one, I love. I love it a lot. I feel so bad as the ones I mailed out aren’t as nice. I am going to forgive myself and chalk it up to learning. I hope the two of you who got them will forgive my learning. I packed this away in the summer box and it will come out with my patriot decor next summer.
I am so excited to be doing wool again. I’m going to look through that book and pick another project. I’m also going to start saving some pennies so I can buy a few more pieces of wool. Thankfully wool goes a long way!!
Liz from the Stitchery Nook has started handling wool. She has kits too. She asked if I might be interested in doing a wool along. I was excited but didn’t know if any of you would like to do a wool stitch-along. What do you think? We can all learn together.