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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

A Few New Custom Orders Completed ..

Hello my dear friends,

I was recently contacted by a lovely lady, asking me if I would 'do my magic' to some of her found treasures and I happily agreed to do so.

She sent me her treasures, four of them and I went to work a few days later. Of course, just I have done before or rather not ... I didn't take and pictures of the pieces before I started to work on them. I must remind myself to do so in the future. I was give a free hand on what to do, the only thing I had to keep in mind which the colors that were requested .. naturals, beiges, creams, maybe even black and very muted colors. 

The search began to find the right bits and pieces. I wanted to make sure each pincushion had it's own theme but also wanted to make sure they all still went well together. All four pincushions are now finished and I am so happy to share them with all of you.

Treasure no.1 ...

... the base was a little tarnished creamer that unfortunately had it's handle broken off whilst on it's journey to me but that didn't stop it from becoming this  lovely pincushion. The pincushion itself is made from a linen and wool fabric, embellished with an old piece of crochet lace, a bow made from crinkled seam binding and a vintage broach.

Treasure no. 2 ...

... the base for this pincushion was a little tarnished toothpick holder and sits on a wishing bone and a little bird is hugging up to it. It is such a delightful piece. I actually have the same one and love it so much. I made the pincushion from a pale drop cloth and embellished it with an old piece from a doily and again a little bow made from crinkled seam binding. Three of my lovely old and tatty velvet violets complete this neat piece.

Treasure no. 3 ...

... for this one I had a large chalice as the base. Again I used drop cloth, my favorite one in a gray shade, as the pincushion itself. Two small strawberries also made from drop cloth with little caps of old tatting hang off one side. A crochet leaf, crinkled seam binding bow and a little piece of vintage jewelry make this pincushion complete and a lovely too.

And finally ...

Treasure no. 4 ...

... was a piece of jewelry with a gem in it center.
It became the cap for this strawberry pincushion. It didn't need more than an little old doily and a few stitches to make this little pincushion perfect and complete.It is partially filled with crushed walnut shells and fibrefill. The walnut shells will keep any little needle sharp.

They all look so very lovely and I couldn't be happier with how they all turned out.

This was a first for me, to have pieces sent to me and create with them. I must say I really enjoyed doing this.

My other custom order ...

... was for one of my little lavender sachets with seam binding roses.
It is going a new home together with my newest needle book 'Pretty in Gray'.

Thank you for taking the time to visit me today, here at Todolwen. It is always so nice when you do.

I hope you are well my dear friends and life is treating you kind.

Have a peaceful and creative day.


  1. Gosh what a task for you, they have been turned into real beauties. I do like the sachet.

  2. What perfectly charming treasures you've created. Your customer will
    be over the moon with them all.

  3. Beautiful creations! All of them - gorgeous!

  4. Goodness but these are lovely. But I have to tell you ... you had me with the velvet violet. That's stunning!

    Great work, my friend!

  5. Such pretties! I'm sure your customer is over the moon with them all. I, thanks to your influence (hee hee), picked up an amazing silver wine goblet at the thrift store and now I just have to play with it.

  6. Oh how marvelous Karen! So many wonderful creations!
    You are soooooo great.

    Hugs Ines♥