Materials: Scrap of
off-white wool blanketing, the kind used for heirloom ribbon embroidery.
8 - 8mm mother of pearl shirt buttons
8 - 10mm mother of pearl shirt buttons
32 metallic copper seed beads with holes large enough to accomodate
4 strands of ordinary sewing cotton
4 clear ruby red seed beads of the same size
8 - 5mm silver cup sequins
6 strand embroidery
thread in the following colours:
Ordinary sewing thread to match the medium shade of pink
Sewing thread to match your fabric
40 - 50 sewing pins with tops in your choice of colour to match the pincushion
Handful of soft filling
Appropriate embroidery and sewing needles
Tissue paper for tracing
3cm high initial, either hand drawn or from your favourite transfer or computer font.
1: Trace a 10 x 10cm
square onto your tissue paper. Join the diagonals to find the centre and
2: Place the tissue
over your fabric and baste over the outlines of the square and circle
in a contrasting thread.
3: Embroider the front
of the pincushion as follows, using 6 strands of thread throughout
a) Embroider your
monogram in the centre of the circle with the caramel thread using stitches
b) Embroider the circle with french knots using the lightest shade of green.
c) Embroider the four lazy daisy stitches attatched to the circle using the medium shade of green.
d) Following the
embroidery diagram, sew on the eight 8mm shirt buttons with the medium
e) Using 2 strands
of the the matching pink sewing thread sew on the four large buttons
Repeat for the other side of the sequin, using the other button-hole
Bring the thread
back to the front of the button and through the sequin,
Still sane? My brain hurts...
f) Embroider the three french knots near each corner with the pale pink thread.
g) Embroider the
lazy daisy sts in each corner, and the couched threads on each side
of the square
sew on the remaining buttons with two strands of the red embroidery
thread in each corner,
Bring the thread
through the button,
4: Cut out the
square, leaving a 1cm seam allowance all round. Cut another square to
5: With right sides
facing, sew the squares together, remembering to leave a hole large
enough to turn
6: Fill firmly with stuffing (or stuff firmly with filling...) and sew the opening closed with an invisible stitch.
7: Now take all
those lovely coloured pins and stick them in the cushion along the seams,