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    Old 07-30-2011, 07:04 AM
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    Originally Posted by craftymatt2
    I also use the ground up walnut shells from the pet store, and have not had any bad feedbacks or problems.
    You can also use lizard litter that you buy at the pet store. I've seen this used and it turns out very nice.
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    Old 07-30-2011, 12:13 PM
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    I just heard the other evening at our Quilt Guild, from a guest speaker, that they make pin cushions using crushed walnut shells for the insides of the cushion. Never heard of this.
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    Old 07-30-2011, 12:27 PM
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    Originally Posted by thrums
    I suggest you "wash" it first.

    The easiest way is to fill your sink with very warm water and a strong liquid detergent like Dawn. Swirl to make suds.

    Take some of the raw fleece locks and spread them out picking out debris. Fill a colander with the locks of wool and slowly submerge the colander into the water. Make sure all of the locks are submerged also.

    Let the wool soak for at least 30 minutes. Do not agitate the wool or it will felt.

    Let the water drain out of the sink. Remove the colander of wool. Clean out the sink and fill again with water the same temperature as the wool.

    Slowly submerge the colander into the water again and soak the wool. Drain and rinse again as needed.

    One you have completed the final rinse, let the colander sit in the sink to drain some more. Then carefully life out the locks and place them on mesh(window screen) to dry.

    You should have removed most of the farm dirt and odors.
    Does this process remove the lanolin?
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    Old 07-30-2011, 01:24 PM
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    My dead chicken is stuffed with crushed walnut shells and I have not had any problems. No rusty pins or needles.
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    Old 07-30-2011, 02:06 PM
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    Originally Posted by redkimba
    Originally Posted by thrums
    I suggest you "wash" it first.

    The easiest way is to fill your sink with very warm water and a strong liquid detergent like Dawn. Swirl to make suds.

    Take some of the raw fleece locks and spread them out picking out debris. Fill a colander with the locks of wool and slowly submerge the colander into the water. Make sure all of the locks are submerged also.

    Let the wool soak for at least 30 minutes. Do not agitate the wool or it will felt.

    Let the water drain out of the sink. Remove the colander of wool. Clean out the sink and fill again with water the same temperature as the wool.

    Slowly submerge the colander into the water again and soak the wool. Drain and rinse again as needed.

    One you have completed the final rinse, let the colander sit in the sink to drain some more. Then carefully life out the locks and place them on mesh(window screen) to dry.

    You should have removed most of the farm dirt and odors.
    Does this process remove the lanolin?
    It will not remove all of the lanolin as this is more of a "light washing". Note that some sheep breeds produce more lanolin than others. If the fleece is really "sticky" it has a high content of lanolin. You can tell if there is some lanolin by rubbing some pre-washed fleece between your thumb and forefinger.
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    Old 07-31-2011, 03:38 PM
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    Never knew that about the crushed walnut shells... cool!
    I've always used fully dried and cured sawdust for my pincushion projects. It adds a nice weight to the pincushion and doesn't seem to cause any dulling or rusting of pins and needles.
    I got a big box from a woodworker and it has lasted for years. If you do this, just be sure the sawdust is NOT from pressure treated lumber, as that contains trace levels of toxic substances.
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    Old 07-31-2011, 06:32 PM
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    Sand it keeps the points sharp on the pins. Very sharp!!!
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    Old 08-01-2011, 02:25 PM
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    Originally Posted by amy WI
    I use sand. It seems to work well.
    i used play sand from my friend's shed in muslin, inside the cushion w/raw wool combed out & stuffed around the sand bag.. seems to have worked out well so far.
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    Old 08-02-2011, 04:43 AM
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    Originally Posted by annthreecats
    I'm getting my Christmas projects lined up and I found a tutorial for a cute sewing tool caddy with a removable pin cushion.

    I'm trying to figure out what to stuff my pin cushion with. One of the tutorials mentioned that polyester fiberfill will ruin your pins and she stuffs her pin cushions with wool or cotton. I saw another that suggested putting some steel wool in it to keep pins sharp.

    What do you stuff your homemade pin cushions with?

    Does anyone use emery?
    I have heard that you use crushed walnut shells. You can get this at pet stores. Used for cage bottoms.
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    Old 08-06-2011, 09:52 AM
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    fine undertakers sawdust, protects pins/needles.
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