Pincushion Crazy!


This month the embroidery club project is a beautiful crazy patch pincushion. It’s made entirely in the hoop, including the rows of decorative stitches, AND the strip that joins the pincushion to the thread catcher! The pincushion is stuffed with flax seed; apparently flax seed not only weighs down the pincushion it also helps to keeps your pins sharp. The thread catcher is lined with nylon for easy clean up. What a wonderful gift this would make for your favorite sewer.

Like most of you, I love my magnetic pincushion. But at my beautiful computerized sewing machine – I'd really rather have a fabric pincushion. And I love the thread catcher on my crazy patch pincushion.


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This project is perfect for the bits of beautiful fabrics that you just don't have the heart to throw away. Unlike regular patchwork, in crazy patch you can use a wide variety of fabric types and weights. In fact, it’s not unusual to find fabrics such as velvet, brocade, tapestry, taffeta, chintz and many others all in one crazy patch project. These fabrics are randomly pieced together onto a muslin foundation. crystals

Once the patchwork is done the embellishment begins. All seams and patches are covered with some type of embroidery. Hearts, flowers, lace, the date and the quilter’s initials are favored motifs. I even added Swarovski crystals on one of the pincushions