Bee Pincushion

Bee PincushionI’m making good progress on my bee pincushion, considering I only started it at the beginning of the month. I’ve now completed all the panels, they look really pretty, I love the colours. The alphabet goes all around the sides, punctuated by a few bee hives and flowers. The bottom has a simple flower design in the middle and a border.

I’ve interfaced the sides of the pincushion with iron on pelmet Vilene, Nathalie from Jardin Privee who designed the pincushion recommends Jeffytex, I’m not sure but I think it sounds like a stiff Vilene.


Each panel was edged as part of the design with a row of back-stitch. To stitch the edges together, the back-stitches are used as a base for an overstitch, you are not meant to catch the linen at all. I’ve never stitched an edge like this but I must admit it gives a lovely neat edge. On the downside I am finding it quite fiddley and time-consuming. With hindsight I should have made my back-stitches a little looser, I tend to stitch with a fairly firm tension, but by the time I’d pushed the needle under the back-stitch, pulled the thread firm, the next back-stitch was disappearing into the linen! I’m getting there! Hopefully this time next week it will be finished 🙂


About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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16 Responses to Bee Pincushion

  1. Thimberlina says:

    I may try and did deep to find some patience – this looks amazing, but I’m not sure if I’d have the staying power for a project like this.


  2. Kathy says:

    That edging technique may be fiddley but it’s turning out quite lovely. I think it’ll be worth it in the end.


  3. Amanda G says:

    Oooh this is really beautiful. I can’t wait to see the finished project!


  4. Gail says:

    I love this pincushion! That is a neat way to make the boxy corner. Have fun stitching this week.


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  7. Susan Green says:

    I am making a pincushion of my own design but inspired by your lovely bee version. I understand about the backstitching and oversewing but would be most grateful for any tips about the seam allowances and corners and how you make those neat. Many thanks.

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    • craftycreeky says:

      Hi Susan, I usually trim the seams to a generous 1/4 inch, I cut diagonally across the corners to just a couple of threads from the stitching. I fiddle with the corners for a while to get the seams lying as flat as possible, I usually use a pair of artery forceps for this, but really you just need something fairly pointed but not sharp so it doesn’t go through.If you’re worried about the corners fraying, put a dab of fraycheck on the corner seams to help seal them. Hope this helps 🙂


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