I haven't had much free time lately, but Feb. 1st was a close friends birthday and I was going to see her at our monthly Knitting group this past Saturday, so I wanted to make her something special. She is an avid quilter, knitter, spinner and weaver so I decided to make her one of my special pin cushions.
She is always checking out the pin cushions in my Etsy Shop, but I knew she wanted something small to carry along with her. I decided to do one of my wool felted flower pin cushions, so I came up with a color scheme that I knew would suit her and got to work.
The following pictures are what I did over the course of three evenings last week, and about 4 hours a night. When it was finished, I almost couldn't give it away. Tell me what you think!
|In the beginning - I cut some petals out of wool felt.|
|Adding the beaded border to the petals using picot stitch.|
|Four down, two to go|
|It is tedious, but well worth the time.|
|After they are all beaded, it is time to connect the petals into groups of three.|
|Beautiful hand dyed Mohair roving I used to needle felt the center of the flower - or the actual pin cushion.|
|And felting, and felting, and felting....|
|Pinning the petals to the needle felted center prior to sewing them on.|
|First set attached.|
|Second set is on - we have a flower!|
|Then I felted a purple center for the stamen.|
|Antique spool with felt on each end for the base.|
|View from the top.|