Pretty Little Pincushions published by Lark Books (November 1, 2007) is a delightful book. Whimsical and sweet – yet practical too. pincushions are not for nothing after all. But these pincushions do double duty as practical holder of pins and decorative object or plaything (as long as there is no pins in it at the time).
The cover just doesn’t do the book justice – sort of a too cute design (although the project is lovely – just the photography I am complaining about it). The projects inside the book however are pretty much all lovely in their own way. From sweet simply embroidered linen squares by Cassi Griffin (she admits they could do double duty in the nursery), some not so scary zombie pin cushions by Joan K Morris to the very cute little simply shaped ‘pin pals’ plump little cacti stuffies by Toni Weber.
There is a hilarious funky chicken made from a repurposed knitted glove, by Nathalie Mornu, and some googly eyeballs as well as other bottlecap design minis by Jen Seacrest. Amy Karol has contributed a no-sew kitsch pin cushion using vintage teacups as the base. Meg Rooks design, inspired by the cup cake is made from vintage scraps.
I love the fried eggs and bacon by Jen Seacrest, and Cassi Griffins beehive is adorable. There are heaps more adorable projects in here to make use of scraps and to hone some of your skills or find new ones – and lots of room for experimentation.