Sunday, November 11, 2012

Who can resist a teacup and a pretty pincushion - especially when the two are combined!!!

From as far back as I can remember, and for a reason which I can't really explain, tea cups have held a very dear place in my heart.    Whenever we go away I always seem to come back with more teacups to add to my collection...

And as hard as I try, I just can't resist them.  My husband can even tell you the story of a time when we were in Venice and on our last hours there, he left me at the hotel to quickly go back to buy me a Murano glass teacup which we had seen in one of the shops earlier.   I hadn't bought it at the time because he said it was too fragile to bring back home to Australia :(
Try as I might, I couldn't get that teacup out of my head -- so for some peace hubby decided he would go back to the shop on his own as it would be faster.  Well he did buy me that teacup but he also got lost on his way back and we both nearly missed the start of our cruise -- all because of a teacup!!!  He still has heart palpitations just thinking about it -- the teacup incident in Venice left him scarred for life!!!  Now whenever I see one that I fancy he simply says "just get it if you like it"...
Now I'm getting sidetracked -- so let's go back to the reason behind this blog post...
Last Thursday Kim and I received a parcel and upon opening it I discovered the most exquisite...  you guessed it -- teacups!!!  Each one had been crocheted and heavily starched, complete with its own little saucer.  Such delightful little creations -- we put a little bear in one, and some tulle flowers in another -- oh how sweet they all looked!!!  Then it hit me -- they would make great little pincushions.  I walked around the shop and grabbed some supplies from our extensive range of pretty ribbons and trims.  I was itching to get home and start creating this new project...

Starting with a circle of  "ever-so-soft" cream cashmere I embellished the centre with the bits of laces, trims, beads and sequins I had collected.  To this I added charms, buttons and a tulle trim -- I fiddled and faddled until I was completely happy with the result...  What do you think???

If anyone is interested in making one of these, (they are quick to make and quite inexpensive) we have set aside two of our social stitching nights to help you.  (Tuesday 4 & 11th December 7.00pm - 9.30pm)  We are also desperately trying to squeeze in a one day workshop before Christmas -- probably on a Tuesday.  Give us a call if you are interested...

Josey ;) 


  1. you had a sweet and an unforgettable journey, Josey,

  2. The pin cushion tea cups are perfect.
    I'm glad you didn't miss your cruse.

  3. I think I will be making a few for sweet little Christmas gifts. Looking forward to it Josey!