Urge to Purge…
I have been on a downsizing, getting rid of stuff, finishing old projects mission for at least three years. Sometimes I make progress, sometimes I don’t. I have a stack of quilts that are layered and ready for me to quilt and bind but I got stuck before Christmas. Sometimes I just can’t find the rhythm and life gets in the way–it took me three tries just to spell rhythm correctly. I know that’s what spell check is for. So onward. I have this great picnic basket that I found at a flea market and I stuff little unfinished projects in it, mostly handwork. Some of these projects followed me from Minnesota where I used to do a lot of crochet. All the doilies are finished but I have a bag of angels and then these crocheted hat pincushions. So I dug them out. I finally found the leaflet today–Annie’s Attic Antique Crochet Pincushions.
I removed the ribbon and flowers on the burgundy one and attached and stuffed the base to the red/purple one. I decided that the brims need to be starched and dug out a bottle of Beacon Stiffen Stuff spray. I had not used this before, either making my own mix of water/white glue or some other stiffener. So out came the insulation board for starching doilies and snowflakes and my handy-dandy circle ruler. I drew circles the sizes I wanted on parchment paper and covered that with Glad Stretch n Seal–worked perfectly, better than it ever did in the kitchen. I also covered the crowns as I did not want to starch that part. Here they are pinned out with rustproof t-pins.
The red one is also ready. Tomorrow I will start decorating with bows and flowers and who knows what.
BTW, I like to stuff my pincushions with wool roving–it is supposed to be good for your pins and needles and you can match the color to your crochet thread. The Stiffen Stuff worked fine but it did not dry in an hour, which was no problem. There is always a hairdryer for accelerating the drying process if need be. And if you really want your project stiff, just reapply after it is dry.
Monday I made it to the walking trail to start my series of tree stumps. This is my favorite one, just in time for Valentine’s Day.
I’ll post some more tomorrow–right now I have to run and meet the fam for dinner and then I’m off to Modern Quilt Guild for fun and inspiration. Have a great evening and make something handmade or just make a fun mess with your kids. Or you could paint yourself blue. That’s on my bucket list.