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Felted wool pincushions will be the hit of the party when given as take-home favors.

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Appliqué Pincushion Top

1. Referring to Appliqué Placement Diagram, arrange gold wool A tomato and red wool B strawberry on gray wool 5"-square appliqué foundation; baste in place. Using two strands of gold embroidery floss, blanket-stitch around edge of tomato.

To blanket-stitch, pull your needle up at A (Blanket Stitch Diagram), form a reverse L shape with floss, and hold angle of L shape in place with your thumb. Push your needle down at B and come up at C to secure stitch. Continue in same manner.

2. Using two strands of light gold floss and a running stitch, create lines on tomato.

To make a running stitch, pull your needle up at A (Running Stitch Diagram) and insert it back into fabric at B, 1⁄8" away from A. Pull your needle up at C, 1⁄8" away from B, and continue in same manner. units total. (Set aside remaining 1-1⁄2"-wide segments to make B blocks in Step 4.)

3. Using two strands of red floss and a running stitch, add lines around strawberry.

4. Position green wool C leaves at top of tomato and green wool D leaves at top of strawberry. Using two strands of green floss, tack pieces in place.

5. Using two strands of green floss, stem-stitch a vine between the strawberry and tomato.

To stem-stitch, pull your needle up at A (Stem Stitch Diagram), then insert it back into fabric at B, about 3⁄8" away from A. Holding floss out of the way, bring your needle back up at C and pull floss through so it lies flat against fabric. The distances between points A, B, and C should be equal. Pull gently with equal tautness after each stitch. Continue in same manner, holding floss out of way on same side of stitching every time. Using two strands of green floss, stem-stitch a vine between the strawberry and tomato.

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