Thursday, September 8, 2016

Perfectly Pleasing Pincushion Parade

I saw on Fiona's and then on Maria's blog that there was a

"Perfectly Pleasing Pincushion Parade" happening, so I thought I would join in too.

Both Fiona & Maria showed some lovely pincushions and how they use them all.  
Here is my collection.

I store a lot of mine in a small bird cage.  I have cat who would love to not only play with these - but is likely to eat I keep them out of reach.. Even if he didn't eat them, he will pull the pins out and chew off the tops.

This is my oldest pin cushion....Dates back to around 1983/84 I think.  I went to a class to learn how to make bullion roses...the instructor's pin cushion was so beautifully done - I paid her to make me one.  It is full of horse hair - like they used to use in furniture.  I used it for many years.

Two Anni Downs designs - the flower gifted from my bestie, and the turtle because "everyone" was making one.

This collection were all gifts from friends in Loose Threads.

This lovely cat was gifted to me by my late aunt...made by a member of Buderim Craft Cottage....too lovely to stick pins in..

I won this as part of a giveaway from Val Laird.

Two pincushions from the SAL in 2014 - run by Chookyblue.

The simplest one of all - used to be beside my machine - it's filled with rice so its nice & heavy.

Another one I made because "everyone" else was making one...

And another one gifted to me - this is from Teresa in Sunday Stitchers.

Now my favourite (sorry to all the other gifters...) is this one.  It's large, its heavy so its stays where I put it and was made as a swap gift in the Nundle Girls Day in the Country 2016 by Dawnie...Thanks again Dawnie.

And my most recent - not a pin cushion, but a "Pin Holder"-  is this's very easy to use as it has a magnet inside and the pins just "fly" onto the magnet.

I also have a few Sewing Caddy things - that include pincushions and if I didn't have that pesky cat, one would be sitting on the arm of my recliner. I made the black & white one to match a lot of my sewing gear - I take it to sewing days when I take the machine.  I made the pink one for a competition - the others were gifts.

This is the competition one...  
2009 Challenge: Eve's in Charge of the Remote image

(Thanks to Faeries in My Garden for the photo)
The competition was hosted by Faeries in My Garden in 2009.  It was based on a TV remote control holder pattern and I turned it into a Sewing Caddy.   And I won!!!
You can read about it here.

When I first read the posts by FIona & Maria I thought my post would be quite short...because I didn't really have many....but I think that is maybe not the case at all.

I also have these.


  1. Beautiful collection! I LOVE the one with the embroidered pink roses.

  2. I would say you have a LOT of pincushions to show off! Isn`t it interesting how we have our favourites. I too love the bullion roses.

  3. So many pincushions! Lovely. thanks for sharing your collection with us.

  4. I have one on it's own and one with a thread catcher attached but I love your collection xxx

  5. I have one on it's own and one with a thread catcher attached but I love your collection xxx

  6. Such a beautiful collection....treasures one and all x

  7. I love your collection and it is a lovely post... I do like the idea of them being kept in a birdcage away from the cat! haha....

  8. Lovely collection! I was introduced to the pinholder in last year's PPPP and, of course, I had to try to make one! Thanks so much for joining the parade and good luck!

  9. WOW Susan you have a huge collection of the cutest pincushions....what a fun way to store them in an old bird cage.... They are all gorgeous sew can't pick a favourite..

  10. Oh sew nice you joined in after seeing our posts. X

  11. You have an amazing collection of pincushions! I love them all.

  12. Great pincushions! I love the idea of putting rice in a pincushion. I never realized that would work - I think I will try it. I also had to laugh when you gave the reason for storing your pincushions where the cat can't get them! When I was making one of mine, my dog thought I was making a toy for her and kept trying to get it! ha ha....better look for a hiding place :)

  13. that was fun! I have one by the machine given me in a swap. I like it a lot but the rice in it contributes to rust, grr.
    Years ago my poodle puppy (unknown to me) took my pin cushion off the table, and proceeded to pull every pin out. I rushed him to the hospital, and he had eaten three. They said, wait to see if they come out. What?!
    They did come out, in some toy fluff he had also eaten.
    LeeAnna at not afraid of color

  14. Great collection!! I love all the stories that everyone tells about their pincushions!

  15. Wonderful collection. I especially like the cat. I'm glad my cats don't bother my pin cushions!

  16. Wonderful collection. I especially like the cat. I'm glad my cats don't bother my pin cushions!

  17. Amazing collection of pincushions. every single one, so adorable

  18. This is such a great idea Susan and I have been going to join in also, but almost too late. Your pincushions are lovely. They make a fabulous display as well

  19. Hi Susan your pin cushions are so cute ,thankyou for sharing xx

  20. Wow Susan what a wonderful collection of pin cushions you have - such a variety!!!!

  21. What a lovely collection of pin cushions, Susan.

  22. great collection.........I have way more then I will ever use but love them all..........


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