My pincushion for the Foxs Lane Pincushion swap goes in the mail tomorrow. Oh, I've been biting my fingernails over this one. I've actually never been in a large organised swap before, especially one like this which requires sewing skills!
I can't wait to share who my swap partner is, let's just say it was a bit of a surprise when I got that email ;-) The lovely Kate who organised it all was very encouraging though. So after a little (lots) of googling and some (lots) of pondering I settled on a couple of styles that I liked and pulled out the fabric stash, every last thread of it.
I decided I wanted to combine some different types of fabric for my partner - for a start I knew I wanted a bit of Flower Press in there, and I certainly wanted some vintage which my swap partner and I both love. Lastly I couldn't go past some linen which is one of my favourite things. I just love to see it in combination with other fabrics (which is why I loved the pincushion I got from Andi at Patchandi so much! See down the bottom isn't it great!)
There was a bit of experimentation. I'd just got my new Janome and it was the perfect first project. And I was having so much fun I made a little needlebook to go with. I made the design for this up as I went along and I love the way it turned out, with the little button tag and pocket. I might make a few more and play around with the pockets and things.
I (really really) hope my swap partner likes this little set. They are made with lots of care and thought and I found the idea of sewing for someone else a great incentive and inspiration. Its a little scary to start with but I think I might just swap again some time!
Patchandi's beautiful pincushion arrived so quickly I was really surprised! I really love her choice of fabrics, red and linen - how perfect! And how nice is that contrasting ribbon. I have it in blue but might have to get some red!
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