Bee Pincushion is finished!

Bee PincushionI’ve just finished my bee pincushion, I started it about a month ago but I had a bit of a hiatus whilst I cracked on with the Indian Mosaic. I’m  really pleased with it, though I’m not sure it will ever have pins stuck in it, it’s far too pretty!

The design is  by Nathalie at Jardin Prive, she has some gorgeous designs on her website, I’ve already got two samplers downloaded to stitch next! The instructions were really clear and easy to follow, I stitched it on 32 count evenweave linen so the stitches weren’t too small as my eyesight is not what it was!

Bee PincushionEach of the six sides is edged with a row of back-stitch. This is then used to stitch the pieces together without actually piercing the fabric, basically you oversew through the back-stitch. If I was making it again I would aim to have a looser tension on my back-stitch. I tend to stitch with quite a firm tension and I found when I went under one pair of stitches, pulled the overstitch firm, then obviously it made the next back-stitch very tight, so it was quite fiddly to do. I have to say though that it gives a lovely crisp edge and very neat corners.

Bee PincushionI applied iron-on pelmet Vilene to the sides to help it maintain its shape, added a couple of layers of wadding under the top and bottom, and then stuffed it with toy stuffing. I haven’t stuffed it too firmly as I want it to retain it’s crisp shape as much as possible.

I’m really pleased with my bee pincushion, I love the bee design on the top, the alphabet running around  the sides and the different styles of hives interspersing the letters. We used to keep bees when I was young, so it brings back memories of spinning the honey out of the comb over the bath and the smell of the smoker…

Bee Pincushion

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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19 Responses to Bee Pincushion is finished!

  1. corrineappleby says:

    It’s beautiful! I would not be sticking pins in that either!


  2. craftycreeky says:

    Thank you Corrine, I think it will just sit and look pretty in my sewing room!

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  3. This is a bee-utiful pin cushion! It looks too good to use as a pin cushion!


  4. Kaja says:

    Really beautiful – I love the bees.


  5. Linda Mincher says:

    That is a gorgeous pin cushion…I don’t know if I could stick pins in it either! You did a wonderful job.


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  8. Michelle says:

    Lovely work! It’s so pretty 🙂


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