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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Where Stitchers Gather etui by Victoria Sampler: 5 – completing the stitching, and assembly of the etui pocket

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

Once the main panel was completed, I backstitched around the whole design with Perle 12 thread, over four threads. This will give me a clear outline for assembling the pocket later.

Cross stitch on Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

This is the whole piece, before being assembled. You can see that some of the lettering faces up one way, and some down the other way – this is because when the pocket is wrapped around itself, some will be on the back of the pocket and some on the front, facing the other way. It will all make sense later!

Cross stitch on Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

I fixed pieces of the maroon dupion silk in place with pieces of iron-on interlining. These go over the back of the drawn thread work and hardanger heart.

Assembly of Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

It looks like this when it’s done:

Assembly of Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

I trimmed the stitched piece to half an inch all round as a seam allowance, then cut pieces of dupion silk and thin wadding the same size.

Assembly of Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

I ironed the seam allowance to the reverse of the stitching, and then ironed the dupion silk to have similar seam allowances, so that they were identical sizes. I lightly tacked the thin wadding in position on the back of the stitching and then slip-stitched the lining to the stitched front, wrong sides together, using the back stitched border as a guide. The bottom of the ‘sandwiched’ piece was folded up to make a pocket, and the top part makes a deep flap.

Assembly of Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

Narrow sill ribbons are attached at the sides to keep the pocket closed when the ribbons are tied. This is the front:

Completed Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

And this is the back:

Completed Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

It’s quite a small pocket – about 5 by 7 inches – but large enough to keep the smalls and a few skeins of thread in.

Completed Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

It would make a lovely project just as it is, to keep other things in, such as jewellery, but I want to keep going and stitch the smalls for it now  🙂

Completed Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

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Where Stitchers Gather etui by Victoria Sampler: 4 – the cross stitch band and the bargello band

Once I got the scary hardanger section of this ‘Where Stitchers Gather‘ etui pocket by Thea Dueck of Victoria Sampler done, I was all fired up to get on with it!

I did all of this next section in two days.

There are two swans either side of the hardanger heart, and two little frogs among the bulrushes. Then there’s a band of cross stitch, and then some pretty white bargello stitching.

Cross stitch and bargello on Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

As the theme of this pocket is ‘where stitchers gather’, it makes sense to feature some stitchers! Here they are, all sat around a long table, stitching on frames and hoops:

Cross stitch and bargello on Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

I stitched all the people before stitching the tablecloth.

Cross stitch and bargello on Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

Close up, you can see that this simple cross stitch variation makes a nice contrast to the more solid cross stitch of the women’s clothes.

Cross stitch and bargello on Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

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