Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Learning to make Sew Red Heart Pincushion(s)

We are gearing up for the release of the Sew Red book, our companion to Knit Red and another addition to our Stitch Red campaign. We are truly proud of this project and the fact that we have helped to raise awareness about the number one killer of women in the US, heart disease. The project has also raised some real $$ for the Heart Truth and will go to support awareness campaigns, as well as medical research.

Kaity looks sew happy!!

Sew (heehee pun intended), with all this gearing up we decided to give the charming 'Piece of My Heart Pincushion' a go here at the shop and boy have we been having fun! This darling design was created by Diane Lamphron and Michèle Filon and we will be offering kits once the book is released. Of course we couldn't wait to play so we had to make a few heart of our own to display around the shop!

Kaity, who is our PR gal and also heads up our Special Projects team here at JBW, just got her first (ever) sewing machine and asked me if I would help her learn how to make her very own pincushion. Of course I said, "sure thing, chicken wing!" I had so much fun making my own and it was a real joy helping Kaity get up and running with hers!

What a proud little pincushion maker
Note in the great picture of Kaity sewing up her 1st heart it's not her machine she is using, it's mine. Her new machine is still a little lonely in its box at her house. I had mine here at the shop for an apron class and we decided to have an impromptu heart class. Please let her know that it's time to take it out of box!!! Believe me she is ready!

All kidding aside, she was a great student which is all too evident in this photo of her holding up her adorable almost finished heart. I thought I had a needle and thread in my basket of tricks, but alas no, so I will teach her how to blind stitch real soon.

I made a couple of these little gems too and found that it is super easy to make them small, large, or any size in between! I will be making them for more than pincushions...how about door knob accents, or even make tiny ones for pins, or well (I could go on) you get the idea!! We are going crazy with the endless possibilities of it all!





For now I am off to play with more hearts and am wondering how big I could make one? Possibly a pillow size? Stay tuned...

As always happy knitting, crocheting and sewing!

Jeanne

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