Last year’s PieceWork Pincushion Contest generated many imaginative and whimsical entries from our readership. The PieceWork staff and the judges were extremely impressed with the quality and variety of the submissions. We are delighted to feature five of these original designs in our new PieceWork eBook Pincushions: 5 New Pincushion Designs to Bead, Crochet, Tat, Cross-Stitch, and Appliqué.
In Ana Garcia’s Lotus Blossom pincushion, a gradient of delicate iridescent seed bead petals flutter around an embellished felted wool center. Although her color choice is a dusty mauve, inspired by Ana’s artistry, her design provides an inspirational jumping off point where you can explore other floral hues.
Sophia Schumacher’s elegant crocheted Victorian Fantasy pincushion would be a welcome addition to any sewing basket. Inspired by fine lace shawls and high tea served on treasured china, this refined design features subtle glass beads adorning both the flower embellishment and the lace edging.
One of the most iconic times of year in the United States capitol, Washington D.C., is the blooming of the cherry blossoms. Tamara Webb manages to capture this amazing time of year in her pincushion Cherry Blossoms in Washington D.C. Tatted pale pink cherry blossoms float on a tree above a lacy green medallion heralding this symbol of spring.
A modern interpretation of Mary Queen of Scot’s needlework was the catalyst for Nancy Spies’s A Mischief of Mice pincushion. Although at first glance Nancy’s cross-stitch design appears contemporary, she painstakingly researched this updated interpretation of Elizabethan needlecraft to marvelous effect.
The pins themselves are a featured design element in Judith Wong’s pincushion book Sheep’s in the Orchard. Dotting the trees, the pins are transformed into red apples on a wool felt appliqué tree shading a sheep. Additionally, they add a decorative edging making this a truly charming design. Inside this unique book you’ll find a place for snips and sewing needles as well, all of the things a stitcher on the go may need.
Do you bead, crochet, tat, cross-stich, or appliqué? If you do one of these, or all of the above, you are sure to be inspired to make one of the lovely pincushions featured in this new eBook offering from PieceWork!
Assistant Editor, PieceWork
In my last post I talked about the newly published issue themes and guidelines for the Spring 2013 issue of Jewelry Stringing magazine (we are now accepting submissions!). We put a lot of work into crafting specific themes for this issue that reflect the latest styles and trends in the fashion world. To provide our contributors with as much guidance as we could and to help us communicate the specific vision that we had for each category, we created Pinterest inspiration boards for each one.
(If you are just learning about Pinterest, check out this post from a few months ago for a brief overview of how the site works and how it can be a useful tool for beaders.)
We had a ton of fun putting these boards together and we love how they give us the opportunity to convey a more complete aesthetic for each themed section than we could have with just our descriptions and color palettes. Browse through the pins on each board…we hope they inspire you to create a few submissions for this issue!
Click on the thumbnails below to view the entire board:
Have you created jewelry design "pin"spiration boards of your own? We'd love to see 'em!