Victorian Pincushion on spindle stand: 7 – assembling the ‘strawberry’

The little emery ‘strawberry’ is the final part that I need to stitch as part of the Victorian Pincushion on a spindle stand project that I am making from the Victoria sampler chart  booklet.

Victorian pincushion embroidery by Victoria Sampler

This is a pretty little ‘small’ that didn’t take long to stitch. To make it up into the actual strawberry, I first trimmed the fabric to within a centimetre of the running stitch outline round the embroidery. Then I folded the fabric in half and stitched a backstitch line just inside the running stitch (so that I didn’t need to bother removing the running stitches later), to make the fabric into a cone.

Embroidered emery strawberry

Next, I turned it right side out, and ran a line of running stitches around the top edge using number 12 Perle thread.

Embroidered emery strawberry

I lightly stuffed the shape with wadding (not emery powder, as my strawberry is only going to be decorative!). I pulled up the ends of the thread, turning in the seam allowance at the same time, and knotted the thread to make the strawberry shape.

Embroidered emery strawberry

It looked a bit messy at this stage, but the embroidery will cover that up, hopefully!

Embroidered emery strawberry

I then stitched a few long straight stitches in dark green silk around the top of the strawberry, and then added three little silk ribbong bows in dark green. Finally, I added a central loop in variegated silk ribbon and tied a small bow at the top, to hang the strawberry by, on the pincushion spindle.

Embroidered emery strawberry

And this is it finished:

Embroidered emery strawberry

So, my lovely Victorian Pincushion etui set is now complete! I am really pleased with this. It will look lovely in my glass display cabinet with all my other embroidery, but will also be useful when I’m doing even more embroidery.

Embroidered Victorian pincushion on spindle stand by Victoria SamplerThis is such an unusual project from Thea Dueck of Victoria Sampler. Take a look at her website to see lots of other unusual and creative embroidery projects.

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8 thoughts on “Victorian Pincushion on spindle stand: 7 – assembling the ‘strawberry’”

    1. Thanks! The stand was an accessory available to buy direct from Victoria Sampler, so I bought it as I bought the chart pack and ribbons, etc., all in one go to keep the shipping costs from Canada down. They had them made in small batches, and I believe they are out of stock now.

  1. I would just love to read Janet’s posts however all too often the page is hidden by ads. This happened today and since I couldn’t close down the ads I had to close the post. This is so sad!!

    On Thu, Dec 9, 2021 at 8:01 AM Janet Granger’s Blog wrote:

    > Janet Granger posted: “The little emery ‘strawberry’ is the final part > that I need to stitch as part of the Victorian Pincushion on a spindle > stand project that I am making from the Victoria sampler chart booklet. > This is a pretty little ‘small’ that didn’t take long to” >

      1. I don’t have this advert problem on your blog. If I read it on my phone, I see the tiniest of adverts at the bottom. If I read it on my computer, the pop up adverts I get are from sites I have looked at before and they do not interfere with my reading of the article. Interesting.

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