Tag Archive | pincushion

The right needle


I was fortunate enough to be asked by Barbara, the owner of Joggles, to stitch a few of her wool houses for a video. She was generous and gave me extra pieces to use for my own designs. Here is an example of one of the houses that I turned into an etui or needle case.

As a teacher of embroidery everyone, I mean everyone asks me if the needle makes a difference. YES is the correct answer!


The purpose of the needle is to make a hole big enough in the fabric, or to be inserted into the canvas so that the thread can follow with ease. If the hole is too small, the thread will eventually fray, if the hole is to big then the thread will not cover the hole. So again YES!

tomato pincushion

Many students get confused once the needle is out of the package, so I suggest dedicating a pincushion to your embroidery needles. I take each section and write down the type of needles that I use with a permanent marker. For instance, embroidery, sharps, milliners, cotton darners, beading and chenille needles are all in my tool box, therefore there is a wedge on the pincushion with their name on it!

needles and thread

Another good idea is to dedicate a piece of fabric or even an index card for the types of needles that you may be using. Then thread the needle with the type of thread or ribbon that you would use for embroidering your project. Insert the needle into the fabric or card, then tape the thread down. Write the name of the needle on the fabric or card. Voila, no more confusion!

Happy Stitching, and enjoy~ Christen

Perky Pincushion

Perky Pincushion

perky pincushionThis petite pincushion is the perfect size for your travel sewing kit. The base of the pincushion is made from grosgrain ribbon; the flowers and leaves are also made from grosgrain ribbon. A scissor fob can also be made using the same flower and leaf that adorns the pincushion.


Class Fee: $20.00

*Please note that this class does not include any of the materials, supplies or tools; these must be purchased by the student.

Class Requirements: Hand stitching skills a must.

Date and time: Not currently scheduled.


This class fee is paid directly to Christen. This can be paid by a PayPal invoice, or by check and sent to Christen. Please email Christen: thestoreonthecorner@gmail.com with your inquiries. Once the class is paid for the handout will be sent to the customer’s email address. The customer must print a copy of the handout to bring to the day of class.

Happy Stitching ~ Christen

Log Cabin Heart Etui and Pincushion: class/tutorial

Log Cabin Heart Etui and Pincushion: 3 lessons/$30.00

pinchushionandetui1This is a very traditional project, with a contemporary flare. The heart shaped etui and base of the pincushion are both pieced with a version of the Log Cabin technique. The pieced sections are embellished with traditional embroidery stitches using two different types of thread, perle cotton #8 and 6-ply stranded floss. These make an excellent gift for any sewer!

Skill Level Intermediate: sewing machine and some embroidery knowledge needed

Lesson 1: In this class you will be piecing the base for both the etui and pincushion using a variation of the Log Cabin piecing technique. You will also form the decorative center of the pincushion.

Lesson 2: In this class you will embroider the base stitches across the seams, these include: chain, herringbone, zigzag chain, blanket and short-long-short blanket stitch. Next you embroider the decorative stitches to the base stitches, these include: fly, lazy daisy, closed buttonhole flower, curved open chain loop, and the French Knot. You will also embroider the center of the pincushion.

Lesson 3: In this class you will assemble all of the pieces and parts of the etui and pincushion.

Class Information

These classes can be purchased at any time, there is no set schedule.The class can be ordered by contacting Christen: thestoreonthecorner@gmail.com. She will send you an invoice through PayPal.

Once the class is paid for, the supply list will be sent out. The lessons will begin one week after the purchase of the class, unless otherwise stated. You will receive an email with the lesson attached. The following lesson/s will arrive one week after the previous lesson.

A high speed internet connection is recommended, and you must have basic computer and internet skills. You will need to be able know how to download and save a document to your computer’s hard drive, open it and print out a copy.

You can contact Christen with any questions pertaining to the class/class information throughout the length of the class.

Class fees will not be refunded.

Happy Stitching,


Fresh Batch of Bonbons!

I just baked (rather stitched) a fresh batch of my velvet bonbons. They are available for sale in my Etsy Store here.

The perfect gift for that someone special who loves pretty little things! This is a tiny pincushion made from velvet rayon ribbon, embellished with a handmade silk bias rose and leaf. Each pincushion is approximately 1-1/2″ round by 1-1/4″ tall, with a felt covered bottom. Just right for a one or two needle project.

Enjoy- Chrsiten

Friday’s Favorite: Pincushions

favorite pincushions

favorite pincushions

pin-cushi-ion sounds like pin-koo sh-uhn
description: A small cushion that is used in sewing to store pins or needles until needed.
origin date:1625–35

These are some of my favorite pincushions. From left to right:

  • Marushka is a cloth doll pincushion that I made with a pocket in her tummy for a thimble and a pocket in her back for scissors. I must admit to not putting too many pins in her, ’cause I don’t want to stab her!
  • The cloth bunny was made for me by a friend and is happy to sit with the other pincushions until needed.
  • The embroidered wool pincushion is one of my oldest needle work treasures. It was given to me by my friend Phyllis in the 8th grade. She went on a trip to the United Nations in NY, and bought this at the gift store, it was made in Hungary.
  • Certainly a staple for any needle worker is the tomato pincushion. I use mine for my sewing machine needles, I label each section with a needle size, and try to remember to stick the needle back in the right section! Sometimes just the thought of being organized is enough!
  • The colorful chicken was given as a gift at a luncheon sponsored by a local quilt group. I applaud all volunteers that put in time to do these gifts for their groups!
  • The velvet pincushion is one I made with a pretty ribbon flower.
  • Lastly but certainly not least is a pincushion that no collection would be complete without! I love these happy little people, and I use this one often as you can tell by all of the holes in it!

For further reading on pincushions see the Layette pincushions at the V&A Museum of Childhood.
Here is an excellent blog on every thing that you would want to know about  pincushions, The Domestic Diva.

Happy stitching, poking and pinning!- Christen

Silk Petit 4 Pincushion: embroidery and ribbon work

Silk Petit Four, was my entry for the PieceWork Magazine’s The Excellence in Needle Arts Awards—Pincushions 2008 contest. Click the link “View the 2008 Winners” below the pictures to read more.

It was selected to be on display with the “winning entries” at The National NeedleArts Association’s trade show in Columbus, Ohio, June 6-9, 2008 and at the Embroiderers’ Guild of America’s (EGA) newly opened museum in Louisville, Kentucky, from August 1 through November 30, 2008.

Ingredients used in pincushion are: silk fabric for the base, stuffing cardboard and felt; ribbons: grosgrain ribbon, Hanah Silk bias, striped grosgrain, Mokuba picot edged ombre variegated woven edged, and single sided satin; embroidery floss: buttonhole twist, DMC linen floss, Kreinik silk Mori, Caron Collection Wildflowers pearl cotton and Waterlilies silk floss; 4mm silk embroidery ribbon.

Happy Stitching! Christen