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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 cinderella pisani 12 hours ago

It is so sad when a sewing lady passes. Relatives get rid of her precious sewing things and never know that dented thimble was used so much that the top has caved in or maybe has a small hole. Embroidery hoops and buttons, scraps of fabric, or best of all, old quilts and embroidered pillowcases. One persons junk is another's treasure.

Comment by Judy/WA 13 hours ago

You should be able to make a lot of pincushions. I never thought I would see the end of mine but you use more than you realize when you fill the cushions. I love how heavy they feel.

Nice that you found old pin cushions from your relatives! Good luck luck on your search for your grandma's pincushion. I don't know where my mom's old stuff went.

Comment by Charlotte Gustavson on Sunday

Good luck! I was thrilled to find out my Mom still had her old darning egg, so I can just imagine how happy you'll be to find that pin cushion. : )

Comment by cinderella pisani on Sunday

Found and purchased crushed walnut shells at PetSmart in the reptile and bird areas. The bags weigh 10 lbs and up. The 10 lbs bag I purchased has very fine pieces. It should last me forever and a day. How many pincushions can I make with 10 lbs of ground up shells, ladies? I also started searching through some of my MIL old sewing equipment. Found a thimble and also two old pincushions. One is heart shaped made out of plain white fabric then covered in lacey crocheted blue thread. She hand made that I'm sure. Fabric from her scrap basket and crochet thread left from a project. She wasted absolutely nothing. The other one is very small about 1 1/2 inches square. It's made from a scrape of plaid wool fabric. Shows wear and tear. Must have been her favorite. It still had needles in it threaded with different colors of embroidery thread. Now I have to find out if my mom still has a pincushion that belonged to my grandma. It was a ceramic lady with a very wide skirt. The last time I saw it the skirt was in bad shape but that could be replaced. Hoping the upper body part has not been broken and hoping mom still has it and can remember where it is. Wish me luck!

Comment by Judy/WA on August 27, 2014 at 2:36pm

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 on August 27, 2014 at 2:29pm

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

Comment by Judy/WA on August 27, 2014 at 9:10am

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 on August 27, 2014 at 9:00am

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 August 26, 2014 at 12:29pm

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 August 26, 2014 at 9:08am

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)


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