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An irrestible face - but I can't bring myself to put pins in it!
Never one to resist a cute owl face I just had to make this pincushion pattern! Of course, now that it is made, I cannot bring myslef to stick pins in it! Maybe in the future I will be able to but for now it is just a cute addition to my sewing table.  This pattern is called Edgar Owl and Poe and it is from Heather Bailey. 

The sewing was surprisingly easy and the instructions are very well done.  In the not too distant past I had to write project instructions and I realized how difficult it can be to make them clear. Now I am always considering what I feel are well written instructions and which I think need work. These are great!
I am in love with these fabrics. They are from Fig Tree and the collection is called Somerset. The link goes to one of my more favorite online emporiums - The Fat Quarter Shop. They offer great service, great selection and good pricing with a low limit for free shipping. No affiliation etc etc...

The pincushion below is my new favorite. I had never used a wrist pincushion before, but now that have discovered them they are such an amazing help! WoW! I noticed a somewhat similar pincushioin in a friends shop and asked what she had used for the band. She said a slap-watch. I had never heard of Slap Watches but a quick Google search explained it all to me. Now I want to buy set of slap-watch bands and make some more of these.

As luck would have it I found a few Slap Watches in a local shop at half price. The bands were not the most attractive but I forked out a hefty (now that I know more about them and where to buy them) $15.00 for this band. 
The band is made from soft silicone and fits all sizes. It's very comfortable and just "slaps" around your wrist. I often forget that I have it on.

When I got my new 'treasure' home, I popped out the watch face (I don't even know if it works and it is still sitting inthe bottom of my bag), whipped up a felted ball of luscious wool and then glued it in. Voila - the most perfect pincushion ever! 

The caveat was the glue. Because the band is made of silicone you have to use a silicone glue (available in many iterations at your local hardware store as well) or it will not work...ask my how I know this! I tried hot glue, 'regular' glues in several varieties, but the felted ball kept popping out. Once I got the silicone glue it worked like charm. I want to get more bands and make these as gifts perhaps.

Wrist pincushions just make so much sense and I would never have considered using one had I not looked at the one in my frined's shop.... kismet on a small scale.

Comments

  1. i learned something today,
    a slapwatch pincuff!
    What a sweet owl pincushion it would be hard to stick a pin in him !

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  2. How adorable is Edgar Owl!!
    great idea for a pincushion also!

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  3. ha! Figured out google plus! Found you!
    So you need to realize the pins are like acupuncture, and medicinal!
    LeeAnna at not afraid of color
    missing you over here! Come visit again!

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