Scrappy Pincushion Swap. Last time I made the Little House Pincushion and I got the feeling that my partner this round would like something similar. The idea of a treasure chest came to me in the middle of the night! I just loved the idea of filling it with 'treasure'!!
Here is my original sketch.
We all have 'secret' partners in the swap, which means that I know who I am making for but I don't know who is making for me. We get a list of our partners likes and dislikes, and also this round we have been stating our favourite films in case our partners want to make a pincushion themed around that. I will let you guess what my partners favourite film might be...
And here is all the 'bling'! Basically buttons and beads with a few gold chains and indian bells thrown in.
It did take a while to sew all the 'jewels' on but it was such fun! And I loved watching the glittering increase with every bead! The final touches (well nearly) were the skull and crossbones (appliqued white felt with black embroidery over the top), and the parrot and pirate flag pins. If you look carefully at my sketch photo above, you will see the tiny painted wooden birds that my son, Felix, brought back from India for me at Christmas. I picked the 2 most parrot-like and Jonathan drilled tiny holes in to their bottoms (ouch!) and glued the pins (with their original tops broken off) in to these. I made the flag pin by printing the flag from the internet and machining it on to some red felt, then wrapping that around a pin top and hand sewing to secure. The flag is Henry Avery's (Long Ben's) flag. Avery is my married name and apparently my husband's ancestors are all descended from Devon pirates such as Henry (also sometimes called John Avery), so it's kind of my family flag!!
But what's that lying on the floor in front? In the cardboard tube?
Here is the back of the chest, don't those hinges look sturdy, Jonathan?
And then I just had to make one more little thing to go with the main pincushion.
Here is the full package ready to go in the mail.
But where will it be going...? Some people in the swap group seem to think they have worked this out. Well, all I can say is, don't count your chickens!!