Monday, July 6, 2009

Sew Be It! And A Giveaway To Thank You For Your Help!

I would like to thank everyone for your wonderful comments, insights, ideas, etc. about adding craftiness beyond the realm of knitting to this blog. It's unanimous, you all want more! So, more it shall be. To kick off the new medium, I want to share with you all a tool I have come to depend upon. The pincushion. Mine was looking quite dilapidated from all of the use it was getting.

dilapidated

To be fair, it still held pins, but it didn't look pretty, and it wasn't easy to poke them back into place as I was sewing.

standard

So, I thought I would try my hand at making a pincushion of my own. I found this wonderful tutorial and I absolutely loved it. I added birdseed along with the polyfill, because I wanted it to be a bit weighted. A very nice addition. Now, it does have a hint of hay smell, but in my opinion, it only adds to the character. I also didn't make the little square template (as the tutorial suggests), but that was only because I have amassed a few good quilting rulers that did the job perfectly. So, here is my new pincushion:

army button
pink button
army pins

The pins poke through the bottom of the pincushion if you push them through, but it's plump enough that is only the case if you do some poking. I absolutely love the finished product. I love it so much and had so much fun making it that I decided to make a second one.

giveaway side one
giveaway side two

To thank you all for your comments, Knit Me Pieces is going to hold it's first ever giveaway (and yes, by saying first I mean to allude to the fact that there will be more in the future)...and the giveaway is this strawberry pincushion. To enter, simply leave a comment in this post by Saturday, July 11th (10pm PST). In your comment I'd love to hear about a handmade item that you love right now. I'll announce the winner on Sunday, July 12th. I look forward to reading your new comments!

9 comments:

Rahman,Ahchong,Muniandy said...

amy,
very colourfull blog.amazing.artistic.cool.tq

Anonymous said...

I didn't know you had a blog. It's very nice. I say, follow your heart and hands-if they feel like sewing do it! You are also good at that! Knitting is alwaqys there when your hands want it!!!
Lois

Lynn said...

Yes fabrics do seem to take over. They are usually bigger pieces and take up more room than yarn. Ask me how I know! LOL

As far as a hand made item I really love right now are my hand knit socks. Whenever i have a chill, my socks help warm me up. And the fact that I made them make them that much more special.

J-na said...

YAY!!! I love strawberries. They're my favorite.

Okay, so my favorite handmade item that of the moment are the letters that I just made for my brand new niece. Her nursery is pink and black rock star/skulls. I know it's not the most babyish motif, but it works for my brother and his girlfriend. So I painted the letters all black and glued on pink stars to the first and last letters, using another to connect the middle letters. Then I added rhinestones on the first letter, which is larger than the rest, to make it look like that star was shooting. I topped it off by adding black ribbon that has pink polka dots to each letter. The ribbon will serve as a means with which to hang them. I am giving them to my brother this weekend. I know they will match the skull message board I made for their shower perfectly. They currently hang barrettes from the message board.

Sorry so long. English major. Love to talk.

Marcia said...

Amy,
Cute pincushion. I really like the strawberries. I guess my favorite item is a quilt I handquilted this past winter. I put flannel on the back, and it was so warm.
Blessings,
Marcia

Aik said...

Pretty little thing!

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

Oops, sorry! I didn't see the 'favourite handmade item' part just now. My favourite handmade item is a lovely hand-knitted red washcloth given to me by my friend.

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

This pincushion is cute! I love strawberries! The best handmade item in my treasury is my vintage brooch studded with diamonds.

~Evelyn~
eggyc@hotmail.com

Quiltersal said...

What a lovely giveaway! I'v wanted to try that tutorial and your pictures edged me closer to the time I will try it!

I adore my thread catcher! I've made several of them for friends using a couple of fat quarters for the insides and outsides.

Pick me, please!