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Pincushions & Thimbles

Do you thrive on thimbles? Are pincushions your passion? Share your finds and creations, post pics, and share patterns. Combine all things fabric & thread! Don't forget those adorable new pins ~ the ones that are too cute to actually use!

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hard cupcake forms

Started by Cindy Gerstl. Last reply by colorado13 Oct 17, 2012. 14 Replies

Does anyone know where to get those hard cupcake forms that  can be used for pincushions? The only thing I can find are paper cupcake forms, and you can't use these for pincusihons.Continue

Embellishing Straight Pins

Started by Brenda Crisci. Last reply by Cindy Gerstl Apr 28, 2012. 13 Replies

I am wondering if any of you embellish straight pins.....I saw some embellished pins for sale on line and they are 2" long.  Can't seem to find them anywhere.  If you have any ideas please share. …Continue

What Do You Like To Use to Fill Your Pincushions?

Started by Judy/WA. Last reply by Cindy Gerstl Mar 26, 2012. 15 Replies

What is your favorite ingredient for filling your pincushions? Share your tips and ideas!

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Comment by Judy/WA yesterday

The walnut shells you find in quilt shops are more expensive than the pet store and a little finer pieces. They all work great. I choose whichever has the smallest pieces in the pet shop.

Comment by cinderella pisani yesterday

Thanks for the tip, Judy. Which coarseness do you usually use?

Comment by Judy/WA yesterday

Cinderella - Check the reptile and the bird section of the pet store. They are usually in both areas and a couple of times I have seen different brands and different coarseness.

Comment by cinderella pisani yesterday

My DH and I are going to hit a couple of pet shops this Saturday. Other ladies have also expressed concern about them with nut allergies. If I find them I will question the clerk (usually an exercise in futility because they are usually clueless teenagers) and scrutinize the bag info. I'll let you know if there is any thing about allergies on it.

My daughter, Kaleigh and her new husband, Mitch have bought a house and we are going to tour it with them on Saturday. They are hoping to move in the end of September but you know how that goes. She has a dining room and hopes to host family gatherings like Easter and Christmas. She is so excited and I am happy for them. Ah young love. :)

Comment by Charlotte Gustavson on Tuesday

Checking pet store supplies?  : ) I've never used walnut shells because I worry about my grandsons' allergy to nuts. I don't know how they're processed or cleaned.

Comment by cinderella pisani on Tuesday

Have been searching for crushed walnut shells on the internet. I find it amazing that if it is for a craft, 2 cups is $4 but if it's to make a cozy bed for your snake it is $8 for 24 qts. How can that be? Isn't quarts a measurement for liquids? Hmmmm Must be a male dominated business. Obviously making a great bed for Mr. Reptile is more important than my pin cushions! I don't think so! Time to get down and dirty and root out the best price for crushed walnut shells for all my snake friends outside. I occasionally find a snake skin in my garage so that should count, right? He/she needs to be comfy this winter, too. Don't worry, garage snake, I'll save you! ( Now I'll find out how many of you are really paying attention LOL)

Comment by cinderella pisani on Monday

Maybe we are the idea type. We think up the wonderful creative plans and delegate them to the appropriate worker bee. Now if I can just find that hive I'll be all set. LOL

Comment by Charlotte Gustavson on Monday

HAH! I always think I can get in there really early with my first cup of coffee! What's wrong with us?! LOL

I spent most of today making a run to my 94 yr old Mom's house because she doesn't have the right size Poise pads and coupled with the stroke that's altered her speech, the aches and pains, and macular degeneration, that's enough to get her really teary. I call twice a day: morning to see if she's still alive (her joke lol!) and night time to see if there's anything that's happened that has her upset that I can fix so she can sleep without worrying. Most days this works just fine!

To cheer/distract her today, I took in all my quilt tops and the quilt I just finished quilting (only been on my frame since Spring....) for Show and Tell. Six! I have six quilt tops to quilt and no ambition. Mostly it's a matter of trying to think how I want them quilted, but there are at least two that can just be meandered over. There are two I have no idea how I'm ever going to quilt them. I could send them out, but I have this guilt thing that happens: I'm an artist. I should be able to do this myself and my kids will be disappointed if Mom lets someone else do it.

So every night when I go to bed, I have all these grand plans for what I'm going to do tomorrow and how I'm going to organize my sewing space better and get more creative.

Cinderella, any chance you and I might have been separated at birth? LOL

Comment by cinderella pisani on Sunday

Karen, could you put sand in the base of your pincushions? It might make them just heavy enough and would discourage kitty play. Just a suggestion.

Good hearing from you again, Charlotte. I really understand what you mean about putting off finishing. I am the world's biggest procrastinator. Once I get started I'm like a whirl wind but it's the getting started that's the problem. I lay in bed at night and imagine the projects I have lined up and how I am going to work on them the next day. I even say to myself "I will be in my sewing room by 11am and I will get started on ......" And tomorrow comes and do I follow my plan? Almost never! You know what they say about good intentions :>

Comment by karenthequilter on August 22, 2014 at 11:48am

haha, okay okay, I'm awake!  Just not sewing any pincushions at the moment.  My problem is, I LOVE cute pincushions, but so do my cats.  So I can't leave them out on display....ever!

I have a kit from Just another Pincushion - it's an adorable yellow sheep...waiting to be assembled.  And I was recently tempted by a Sue Spargo pincushion kit.  But I have other projects in the pipeline and keep trying to stay on track.  


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