1st SAL.....Peg, Dale and I committed to stitching Anni Downs - A Gardener's Journal in March. I blogged about this on my blog thinking maybe one or 2 others may join us and lots of girls indicated an interest so I decided to start this blog where we can all encourage each other to meet the goals set along the way....March 2010 -March 2011...........
2nd SAL ......well so many of the girls wanted to continue on with another project and some new girls joined us and now approx 91 girls are stitching Natalie Bird's Tis the Season. March to Sept 2011...............
3rd SAL....many girls want to stick with the SAL so now we have moved onto Anni Downs Some Kind of Wonderful - My Favourite Things Quilt.......Oct 2011-Oct 2012.........
Where are we now.....
4th SAL 2013...is numerous smaller projects from the previous 2 books Tis the Season and Some Kind of Wonderful plus some projects from Red Home by Natalie Bird approx 60 ladies stitching together.........
2014 we had the year off..............
5th SAL 2015..........inspired to continue we are doing another quilt project.....Anni Downs newest quilt Natures Journey.....
6th SAL 2017.............A Holly Cottage Christmas by Michelle Ridgway.......once again the pattern is in an affordable book so it is easy for everyone to join in...........and you can raid your stash for the fabrics........or lash out and buy a the whole lot........this SAL will be run by Fiona aka Bubz Rugz and Raewyn........
Chookyblue........

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

pincushion tip!!!!!!!

This is the email I received from Kris.......thought I would share it............

I was just catching up with the stitch along blog and one of the gals was commenting on weighting her pincushion. She said she would have liked to put more weight in but couldn't get it to stay. I thought I'd let you know a bear-making tip that might help. When I was making mohair bears, I would put a layer of stuffing or wadding around the outside of the teddy's tummy (or in this case the pincushion), then put the cut-off toe of a stocking inside with the cut end hanging out, filling this with the weight beads until the whole area was filled out, then tie a knot in the stocking, trim it, then push it right in, finish with a bit more stuffing to make sure the shape was filled, then close using a ladder stitch and dental floss ... which is very strong. :0) Not only can you get more weight beads (or rice etc) into the shape being weighted, because you create a sort of spout with the stocking, if something happens with stitching splitting (when you hurl it as a husband who has annoyed you! Tee! Hee! Hee!) the weight beads/rice etc doesn't spill and annoy you more with a floor that needs cleaning. :0) It's a good trick for any sort of softie/stuffed item that needs to be weighted for stability. Hope that makes sense. :0)

Of course ... some gals won't want to weight their pin cushion and would prefer to wear their stockings! :0) But I thought I'd share.

CHEERS!
KRIS

11 comments:

nimble thimble stitchery-do said...

Wow...Kris this makes complete sence! I am going to make another one and try it out. I did use a spout from my pantry but just couldnt get it filled to the brim without rice falling all over the place. Thank you so much Chooky for posting this letter for us.

Kath said...

Brilliant tip... I am going to remember this one.

shez said...

what a great tip,thankyou Kris and thankyou chooky for sharing.xx

Susan said...

Great tip - but more importantly a lovely humorous way to start the day - thanks Chooky & Kris.

La Pecora Nera said...

Hi Kris, thank you for this great idea and Chooky for to share with us.

Noela said...

Thanks Kris for the great tip and thanks Chooky for posting it. Hugs....

Susie said...

fantastic tip!

laura said...

Great tip with many applications. TFS

Simone said...

A great tip. Will definitely have a go

Fairy Floss Stitches said...

Love the throw it at your husband comment...great tip..thanks Kris and Chooky.

Maria said...

Thanks for the tip Kris...