I recently completed a pincushion swap on flickr because I needed another pincushion to take with me on sewing days. Plus it's always fun to see what other people come up with. This is what I made for my swap partner Ruth. She likes the colors pink and green and anything to do with the ocean. I immediately thought of a starfish attached to a rock cairn covered with seaweed. Actually that was achieved just by choosing some lovely green and turquoise fabrics. The middle cairn is studded with glass head pins that sparkle. After all what's a pincushion without pins?
Ruth also wanted her pincushion filled with crushed walnut shells. Hmm, where to get that? Apparently some people use them as a cage liner for birds. So off to the pet store where I found a BIG bag of it. At that rate I'm going to need to make another 20 small pincushions to finish it off. LOL The one thing about crushed walnut shells is that it makes a very heavy pincushion. In hindsight I should have scaled down my pincushion by at least 30%. This bad boy is HEAVY! But on the plus side it's not going to topple over as a stuffed one would. I did keep the starfish stuffed so that I had more ability to manipulate its arms.
The good news is that Ruth received it safe and sound and that she likes it. Yay! Later I'll share the beautiful pincushion that she sent me.