Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Rescued Stitching - Pincushions

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I was rootling through the picture frames in a local charity shop, and found one that was the perfect size, finish and shape for one of my projects. Aha! So I pulled it out of the box, and saw that it already had stitching in it. Which made me a little sad, that someone could give away stitching, but the stitching and frame cost me only £1 and I knew both were going to a good home...

The multi aperature mount for the stitching was pretty poor - badly cut out and faded - so I took the whole thing apart, and - as planned - used the frame for something else. The stitching had been attached to the mount with double sided tape, and on looking closer at it, the stitching itself was uneven, with crosses going in both directions, and some stitches hadn't been completed either, and left half finished. The pieces were all on different sizes of fabric too. I wondered at the story behind them, and wondered what I could do with them...


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A trip to my fabric stash found the perfect oddment of fabric with a garden theme, and I made them up into pincushions. This wasn't as easy as it seemed, as the borders on each piece weren't even, and on some I only had 2 or 2 aida blocks as a seam allowance...

But I do now have a trio of pincushions, and the colours match my living room decor! (as you can see - the photo was taken on my living room carpet)

6 comments:

mainely stitching said...

I'm so glad these stitched bits met with a happy ending!

CindyMae said...

Don't you just wish that you did know the story behind it! Well they turned out great as pin cushions. I think that it is great that you did not just throw them away and you put them to good use! Good for you!!!

staci said...

You've done a wonderful job of recycling~~they're absolutely precious!!!

wendy said...

yes a happy ending for tossed away stitches! lovely job too!

Suzanne said...

An excellent way to recycle some stitching.

Jean said...

Nice job recycling! Now you have a little mystery sitting in your home- who was this stitcher? How old is it? Did she like stitching? She must have- she framed it. I look at my old pieces and I can see that even though cross stitch is a fairly easy stitch, there is improvement over time. I'm babbling - love your work!