Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Perfectly Pleasing Pincushion Parade - 2017 (PPPP)

I'm a bit late but there is still time to join in with Ida's fabulous Pincushion Parade (PPPP) ..... go read all the detail on her blog ..... HERE!

Ida has amended the Parade to run until 16 September, not on the 15th that her "button" says.

Ooooh! ..... there are fabulous prizes, but more importantly, there are lots of wonderful pincushions to see.


Before I start today,  thank you all for your good wishes regarding my eye problem. I'm a lot better (my eye is no longer red, or watering, all the time), but not quite back to normal, so I've been trying not to look at a computer screen for long periods of time.


I'd like to welcome some new friends to my blog ..... I'm quite nervous because in the past I have been a "secret blogger" but now I am happy to tell friends of its existence. (..... laughs nervously!)


Anyway ....  I shared my bestest and favouritest pincushions in last year's PPPP.

I have now searched the house for a few you haven't seen before.

Most of my pincushions were made to compliment a particular sewing kit. The pattern for these two sewing pouches came from Popular Patchwork "many" years ago (and friends from the handicraft group will remember these as I got everyone interested in making them - some people made about half a dozen each!).

The flower is my favourite pincushion and looks good in any size.

The Flashing Scissors

Here's my favourite flower again .....  read about it and my mini travel sewing kit, here.

The Flashing Scissors

and this is the most recent .....

Mini Pincushion - The Flashing Scissors

but it has to be reassembled ..... one of the petals is fraying!!! Luckily I have another petal to use in its place. (Again, it's the same as the one on my mini travel sewing kit.)

I was just about to make a few more of these kits for presents for friends when I read that the Pincushion Parade was about to start, but this is the only one I've made so far.

The Flashing Scissors

I found details for this little chap somewhere on the web, and it used to be attached to another of my travel sewing kits. I love it, but no-one has ever, ever, said they liked it when I've used it, so it has now been banished to the Dreaded Cupboard, as an unloved pincushion.

The Flashing Scissors

After seeing some of the amazing pincushions Amanda Jean has been making this year, at Crazy Mom Quilts, (look under "pincushions" in her files for even more).

I've been wanting to try something different, and finally I have my own version of a "Skinny Pinny" under way, although I'm not quite sure I'll have time to finish it for the Parade.

Oh yes, there is a special category too "Ugliest Pincushion"!

If you haven't already ..... "Get your skates on! Search out your pincushions, and join in!"

I'll be off to visit everyone's pincushions now over at Ida's place .....  "My Sister Made Me Do It"!

See you soon!

Barbara xxx


Janet said...

Love your hearts and your flowers. Especially the orange and yellow heart - my colours entirely! As for the "little chap", it isn't ugly, just a bit confusing. Is it a person doing Downward Dog (yoga pose)? Or a bundle to attach to the back of a burro? Or perhaps in legs up view it could be a baby, reaching out for its mother. That would be sweet.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I played this year for the first time - such fun to see all the wonderful pincushions and I have a few ideas now for some new ones I'd like to make. So glad to see you're playing too! I don't normally go for yellow or orange but I love your heart pinnie!

Queeniepatch said...

The flower pincushion with its mini travel sewing kit is the best!

Benta AtSLIKstitches said...

Lots of lovely inspirations- off now to follow the link! Xx

Pamela said...

I enjoy seeing everyone's pincushions!

Brigitte said...

So great to read that your eye is getting better. It certainly helps a lot that you don't spend too much time looking at a computer screen. Looking at your crafting is so much better :))
I have also kept my blogging secret and my non-crafting friends don't know anything about me blogging. And even my crafty friends (not very many) found out by themselves, lol. For me it's OK like that.

Great pincushion parade, Barbara. I love that red and yellow heart. But the flower is the best. A funny little guy that you made, I love him, too. Very unusual indeed, lol.
It's a lot of fun to see all the pincushions in your and other crafters' parades.

My Sister Made Me Do It.... said...

Barbara, I'm so glad your eye problem improved enough to let you post and join the parade this year. I love your little sewing kit with matching pin cushion. It would work great as a take-a-long for working on hexi flowers....or really any little hand sewing project!

irvigil said...

Thanks for sharing your pincushions with us. I enjoy reading about everyone's pincushion journey. That flower is adorable and it looks so pretty wherever you decide to use it. Your little "chap" pincushion is certainly interesting....

FlashinScissors said...

Hi there!
Thank you for your nice comment.
I think the little "chap" could be a Japanese idea ..... I remember years ago seeing circular pincushions with little chaps all around the edge, as if holding hands. I didn't like them at the time, but it would be nice to know where the idea came from for sure!
Thank you for visiting.
Barbara x

Janine @ Rainbow Hare said...

You have a wonderful collection of pincushions and I love your mini travel sewing kit :)

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

I'm so glad your eye is better. I like your little flower pin cushion. I have to admit that I started sewing back in the 60s and have NEVER made a pin cushion. I have a tomato for every stitch category. Am I weird?
xx, Carol

Anonymous said...

Hi Barbara glad your eye problem is better and love your pin cushions,thankyou for sharing xx

Lin said...

Love your header! and glad to hear the eye is improving. The flower pincushions are so pretty, nice to see you have joined in. xx