I was first introduced to the dainty, vintage pincushion project via a swap I participated in a while back. The idea was to select a "base" for out pincushion (think tiny teacup, planter, toothpick holder, etc.), add padding to the opening to create a pincushion, then embellish to your heart's content!
The results were adorable, not to mention practical. It is also one of those "instant gratification" projects that you can finish in one sitting and don't have to pre-plan.
If you do any type of crafting, you will probably need a pincushion (or two) at some point!
I was hooked!
I scoured my "inventory" for tiny containers I could use...
~a shoe with a tiny doggy~
~a sweet yellow/white swan.~
~a tiny teacup/saucer~
~a cute blue basket~
They all received a makeover and are now enjoying a second life as a pincushion in one of my swap friends' home.
There were many others..... then my temporary addiction wore off.
Until recently, when I was coming up with ideas for swaps to host for Mother's Day in our Mixed Media Artists Guild group. The dainty pincushions sprang to mind... and off I went!
My swap partner this time around was the very talented JoAnne. I wanted to make something really special for her and I didn't have anything in my inventory that was "worthy."
It was so pretty already that I didn't have to add much ~ some pretty vintage lace for the pincushion, silk ribbon in a matching shade, vintage pearls...
...the swap included three (3) coordinating stickpins...
This little beauty now resides with JoAnne...
(To see the divine swan pincushion JoAnne made for me, click HERE.)
ps ~~BTW, the good news is that I am cured and no longer feel the urge to create pincushions from every "small" cute container!