For our May Stitch-a-long project on Facebook, we will be stitching a beautiful May Flowers Pincushion! The talented designer behind this month’s project is our very own Stitch-a-long admin Kate Gaunt, who is a member from our Greater Dallas Chapter in Texas.
Here’s a little more about the project from Kate:
Our May Flowers Pincushion grew from a desire to achieve several project goals:
• Use basic embroidery stitches on wool felt.
• Project materials should be inexpensive and easily available.
• Embroidery should be quick and colorful and able to be enjoyed on several levels: basic beginner to advanced and fearless.
• The end result should have a purpose – not another ornament or something to be framed.
• Project should have the capacity to be expanded to reach new embroiderers, including young people.
The idea is that embroidery on wool felt can provide a fun and quick “taste” of embroidery and that makes it suitable for a beginner project. This type of embroidery can also be very forgiving of skill and technique in the same way that folk art imperfections provide the “charm” that we admire. Getting people started in embroidery is the goal.
I hope chapters will find this project useful for introducing newbies to basic embroidery. Note that there are a couple of ways to adapt this project, depending on the time you have to spend on it and the complexity you wish. As a bonus, there are instructions on how to make your own EGA pins for your pincushion. Enjoy!
You can download the pattern for this project on our Free Projects page, and while you are there check out some of the other goodies we have for you, including our Little Book of Embroidery Basics and other fun patterns.
Visit our EGA Stitch-a-long group on Facebook to learn more and to start stitching with us!