Friday, May 11, 2012

Something Old, Something New

No, no one's getting married... or I would have something borrowed and blue, too!
Instead, I wanted to share a new needlework / jewelry design I came up with that was inspired by an old pincushion.

Some time ago I had added a little pin holder (seen above) to my pincushion collection. And recently, I started making my usual list of items to have ready for the Lavender Festival coming up later in June. I'll tie those two statements together in a minute...

I remembered in the last few years, festival customers asked if I could make some sort of silk ribbon jewelry for those that don't collect the pilllows. I made a few pins (brooches) and they sold well, but I didn't want to make something so small to embroider and then sew and turn right side out as I had to do with the pins. Now here's the connection: I happened to think of the little pincushion on the shelf and thought it was probably a good size to work with, sketched a quick design, wrote a few notes, and the pendants shown are what I made. Later, I'll do other designs and add some ribbon embroidery, but for now, I like these simple ones. Several years ago one of my designs in Create and Decorate, called Curled Fern Stitchery, was similar to this one but on a larger scale, framed, and done with silk ribbons.

{back of pendant}

I really like making these and they are something I can do in the evenings while sitting in the living room with my family.

You can read the entire description on my website here and if you are interested in purchasing one, just send me an email.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Take care and God bless,

p.s. I didn't get any comments about the antique fork in my previous post... can anyone help?

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