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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Victorian Pincushion on spindle stand: 6 – stitching the ‘strawberry’

This week  I’ve stitched the embroidery for the little ‘strawberry’ that will hang from the Victorian Pincushion spindle stand with the  needlebook. Here’s the front of the chart booklet, to show you what I mean:

Victorian Pincushion embroidery

It’s the tiny thing hanging down on the left! It’s supposed to contain emery powder, to help clean needles, but I have tried making one of these before with emery powder in, and it is very messy black stuff that gets everywhere. So, as this is really just a decorative ‘small’, I’m going to make mine just stuffed with wadding instead, I think.

The embroidery design is a motif taken from the top circular design, and it doesn’t take long to stitch two repetitions:

Strawberry emery design

I just need to stitch it into a cone shape and stuff it now, and this project will be finished.

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Victorian pincushion on spindle stand: 3 – assembling the pincushion

I’m currently stitching this gorgeous pincushion on a wooden base from a Victoria Sampler chart booklet in my stash. I’m up to the part where I need to assemble the stitching to make the actual pincushion.

Victorian pincushion embroidery by Victoria Sampler

This is my completed pincushion stitching, before I started to make it into the pincushion.

Victoria Sampler ribbon embroidery beaded pincushion

To make the pincushion pad, I rolled a strip of 2 ounce wadding into a ‘cinnamon bun’ shape, and stitched a few tacking stitches over the end of the  strip to stop it from unravelling. I made a stiff card base for the pincushion, a little bit smaller than the diameter of the wooden circular base, and made a hole in the centre of the card.

Victorian pincushion by Victoria Sampler

Then I trimmed the fabric to within an inch of the embroidery, and made a line of running stitches round the edge, 1cm in, with strong quilting thread. I placed the wadding shape on the card, and then the embroidery on top, and pulled up the running stitched line to gather the fabric onto the dome of wadding.

Then I laced back and forth across the card circle’s base, to pull the fabric tightly to the circular shape.

Next, I used the Perle 12 mauve thread and, following the tacked lines on the circle, I pulled the thread up through the centre hole of the card, wadding and embroidery in the centre, and down over the edge of the shape, six times, to make the divisions on the pincushion, finally tying off securely underneath. Then I removed the tacking stitches.

Lastly, I stuck the pincushion to the wooden circular base, making sure it was centred.

Victorian pincushion by Victoria Sampler

To make the edge look neat where the pincushion joins the wooden base, I made a thick cord using lots of the Perle 12 mauve thread. Tilting the pincushion so that I could see what I was doing, I stuck the cord around the edge, a little at a time, using tacky PVA glue, tucking in the last bit to make it look like one continuous cord (I glued the very end bit first, before trimming, so that it didn’t suddenly unravel when cut!).

Victorian pincushion by Victoria Sampler

Ta-da!! One very successful pincushion on a spindle base!! I used vintage cotton reels from a sewing box that I bought in an antique shop to fill the spindles around the base, using shades picked from the embroidery colours I’d used.

Victorian pincushion by Victoria Sampler

Lovely, isn’t it? Now I need to make the strawberry emery and needlebook that go with this.

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Where Stitchers Gather etui by Victoria Sampler: 6 – stitching the smalls

I’ve finished stitching the main pocket of the ‘Where Stitchers Gather‘ etui  by Thea Dueck of Victoria Sampler now, and I’ve really enjoyed stitching it.

Where Stitchers gather embroidered etui pocket

Now it’s time to make the three smalls, to go inside it.

I first stitched all the designs on one piece of fabric, carefully measuring out the spacing.

Smalls for Where Stitchers gather embroidered etui

I completed the scissor fob first, by gathering the stitched fabric circle over a round piece of mount board (2mm thick), padded a bit with a layer of thin wadding. Then I did the same with a second mount board circle, using the deep red silk the same as I’d used for the lining of the etui pocket. I stuck them back to back, and slip-stitched around the edges to make one disc. Then I made a very thin cord out of some DMC Perle 12 as shown below, and tried it first around the shape to make sure it would fit, and leave enough to frizz out the ends last, to make a tassel. I stuck the cord around the edge very carefully, a bit at a time, using PVA glue.

Scissor fob for Where Stitchers gather embroidered etui

Here’s the completed scissor fob, attached to my cute little rose gold scissors.

Scissor fob for Where Stitchers gather embroidered etui

This is the back, showing the deep red silk side.

Scissor fob for Where Stitchers gather embroidered etui

I made the scissor pocket in a similar way, using stiff interlining instead of the mount board though, so that the scissor pocket is soft to hold. I laced the two sides together through the long back stitches that I’d stitched round the very edge of each piece.

Scissors pocket for Where Stitchers gather embroidered etui

Lastly, I made the needlebook. This, too, is soft, and not stretched over mount board, but stiff interlining.

Needlebook for Where Stitchers gather embroidered etui

I’d half thought to stitch the date on the back, but in the end, when I got to that stage, I forgot, so it’s blank!

Needlebook for Where Stitchers gather embroidered etui

The inside pages are made from doctor flannel, held in place up the centre with a line of running stitches.

Needlebook for Where Stitchers gather embroidered etui

Here’s the completed project, with all four pieces:

Smalls and Where Stitchers gather embroidered etui

It was a gorgeous project to stitch – not too simple, with a few challenging bits (the hardanger!!! Cutting those fabric threads!!), but also with some simple cross stitching so that most of it  was completed quite quickly.

Smalls and Where Stitchers gather embroidered etuiAs ever with projects by Thea from Victoria Sampler, the design was great, the instructions in the chart booklet were clear, and the accessories pack with the threads and beads was full of interesting things to work with. This is well worth stitching, and has the added bonus of being something useful when you’ve finished it, so you can get lasting enjoyment from using it every time you sit down to stitch.

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