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    Ty, I tried to read the posts backwards and could not find where you might have given a description of the pin cushion pattern you have. Since you bought the pattern you might not be able to she it as such, but you can tell us what it looks like or send us a photo (of the pattern) or the finished project. I am really curious. Tell us!

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    I just GOTTA share this one with you. They are not FREE but they are so darn clever.

    http://www.thecalicocat.com/patterns-pincushions.htm You must see the
    "Little Banty Chick" because it is the cutest thing.

    Then take a look at this link:

    http://www.quiltingworks.com/patterns/chicken-pin-cushion-pattern.htm


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    Sorry I didn't mention the pattern I just bought - I got it from Connecting Threads, thru the catalog. They are called "Mama's Pincushions".
    It is a kit with 4 different patterns and 12 FQ's included. The patterns are:
    Apple Core, Grandmothers Flower Garden, Honeycomb and Tumbler.
    Y'all probably already have these patterns available and could just adapt them for the pincushions.
    Thanks for the new sites too. I saw where you could buy the emery sand from one of them.
    Very helpful, but I think I'm going to try the steel wool first.

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    Speaking of "EWE"sful pincushions and wool....
    I live on a sheep farm...maybe I could grab a handful of wool next time I'm out! LOL!
    (What do you think, Heather?)[/quote]

    Better be careful we might want you to shear one and send us all a fistful of raw wool to stuff pincushions. :lol: what do you think about that?

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    This link is listed above, but I list it again because on that page, it lists emery sand for sale to put in the strawberry part of the pin cushion, and also mentions fine sand as the stuffing for the tomato parts.

    http://www.thecalicocat.com/patterns-pincushions.htm

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    I have made several of the hen or chicken pincushions and use mine regularly. I filled them with rice. It gives it enough weight so that it is sturdy and is much easier to fill than sand.

    sewbeeit42

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    Quote Originally Posted by DebJ
    Speaking of "EWE"sful pincushions and wool....
    I live on a sheep farm...maybe I could grab a handful of wool next time I'm out! LOL!
    (What do you think, Heather?)
    Better be careful we might want you to shear one and send us all a fistful of raw wool to stuff pincushions. :lol: what do you think about that?[/quote]

    They are Mother-In-Law and GrandMother-In-Law's sheep....
    I was going to steal it....
    I wonder if they'd notice the sheep were going bald..???................

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    Great idea about using wool. I'll have to go check the barn and see if we sold everything last spring. With a last name of Woolley of course we raise sheep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by countrymaid
    Great idea about using wool. I'll have to go check the barn and see if we sold everything last spring. With a last name of Woolley of course we raise sheep.
    I am wondering how to clean it bc it has hay and everything else in it...


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    I'd pick out the big pieces, then wash the wool in warm water with some Orvis soap or Ivory dish soap. This will get the dirt as well as some of the lanolin. It's what we use to get show animals clean. Rinse well and let dry. You can put it in a tied pillow case and spin it in the washing machine to get extra water out. Card it to get the foreign material out. The carded wool is a roving and then needle felt it. Not all wool is used for yarn and handcrafts. Different breeds of sheep will give you different types of fiber and your results may vary with what you're doing.

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    Took a class years ago with a darling older woman and she made pincushions with the raw wool. She said the lanolin kept the needles and pins from rusting. I now make my pincushions with raw wool.

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    I use sawdust. It too sharpens your pins.

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    Are there pictures any where of these pin cushions? I'd like to see some,

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    Rebecca, go to the first page, June posted a link

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    PLEASE NOTE: THE LINK I POSTED IS NO LONGER WORKING.

    June

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    Lin, since June's link isn't working any longer, do you have a link to your pin cushions? Thanks!

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    Here are a couple of links I found while I was trying to find the one I had originally posted..

    I had entered "teacup pincushion" and got this, which is entirely different but clever.

    http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/ah_entertaining_parties/article/0,,HGTV_3118_1370252,00.html
    and then I found this:
    http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/ah_entertaining_parties/article/0,,HGTV_3118_1370252,00.html

    The second is a bit different from the first. Does anyone else have the teacup pincushion pattern? It was originally on the Sew.What's.New site but it went off the internet. Don't know why. They had a lot of interesting things.

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    I'm sorry Chele, I don't have any links. I make them up myself from sugar bowls and I don't even have one that I can take a pic of to show you. :(

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    Thanks June!!

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    Wow! Those are fancy! I'll try the easier ones first! Thanks June and Lin!

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    Hi June:
    i tried the website you listed and got "SecondWivesClub?" Nothing there about making pin cushions so I'm wondering if the wrong site was listed?

    Feathers

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    http://www.everythingsewing.net/teacuppincushion.htm
    cute teacup pincushion instructions

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    Back in August when I posted that link, I thought it was working. It had come from a group known as Sew What's New from Yahoo, I believe.

    I also have tried to use the link and it obviously has been taken down. I am sorry it no longer works. But there are others that were posted that will make a nice pincushion.

    I was using it for reference to the filler. It is a teacup hot glued to the saucer and filled with steel wool (fine) and covered (by making a circle large enough to make a ball to sit on top. Then decoratios can be hot glued all around the edge to make it fancy.

    Send me a PM or to [email protected] and I will try to get a copy of these instructions to you personally. (anyone who needs these may write.)

    June

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    Ladies.....here is a new link for the very same pincushion I have told you about. Strange things happen. I misplaced my copy after digging it out last week to verify where I had found it. If you recall, the link lead to another site. I kept putting the word combinations into the search box and all of a sudden it popped up. This is the very same copy.


    http://www.everythingsewing.net/teacuppincushion.htm

    My plan was to use some velvet or velour on top and use some of the fancy beaded trims around the lip of the cup. I think they can be quite charming. I am so glad to have found it for all of you...and for myself.

    June

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    Thank you, June. Your idea of doing it in velvet is a great one. Thanks for sharing.

    Feathers

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