Materials for Flower Pincushion
Scraps assorted felted wool in two to four different colors (pincushion, appliqués, and tie)
To felt wool, machine-wash it in a hot-water-wash, cool-rinse cycle with a small amount of detergent; machine-dry it on high heat and steam-press. Click on "Download this Project" to download full-size patterns.
From assorted wool scraps, cut:
2 of large flower pattern
1 each of small flower and flower center patterns
1 -- 3/8x12" tie strip
Assemble Flower Pincushion
Use three strands of embroidery floss for all embroidery
1. Layer wool small flower and circle pieces atop large flower piece. Stitching through all layers, make a large cross-stitch in the center of the circle to secure.
2. Layer large flowers and blanket-stitch around edges, leaving an opening on one petal. To blanket-stitch, pull your needle up at A (see Blanket Stitch diagram), form a reverse L shape with the perle cotton, and hold the angle of the L shape in place with your thumb. Push your needle down at B and come up at C to secure the stitch.
3. Stuff flower with fiberfill, then blanket-stitch the opening closed.
4. Knot each tie end, then match centers of tie and back of flower. Stitch tie in place, hiding knots underneath tie, to complete pincushion.