Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Pincushions For Pat ~ The First One Is Done ...

Hello my dear friends,

I have been busy these past few days and today I am sharing the first pincushion creations I have made for the lovely Pat using one of the treasures she sent me.

 I just love her little old and tatty baby boots so much and that is why I chose to work with them first. I didn't want to over embellish the little aged footwear because I didn't want to take away from any of their actual beauty. I just wanted to add that little tiny bit of sweetness and loveliness and I am hoping that I have just done that.

Oh, these sweet little boots ...

... just so tatty and precocious but also so very delicate due to their age.

I had to be very careful whilst I was working on them, not to cause any damage because  of  how brittle they were in some places. When I was thinking of what I could do with them, I thought of the little girl that might have worn them all those years ago and then what came to my mind was her getting all dressed up in her Sunday's best little white dress for church. Her little while lace socks that had a frill on the top, that would just peek out from her boots. I also pictured her walking to church and on her way picking some little flowers along the path. I could actually see her in my mind and I knew that this thought was just right for these old boots. I wanted people to remember the little girl that would have worn them a long time ago.

Delicate bits and piece like raw silk, an old knotted and tatted doily from fine cotton thread, seam binding and small pieces of sparkle were used to create these two lovely pincushions. The little rhinestone flowers were that little special touch, thinking of the flowers the girl might have picked on her way to church.

Now the little boots are done and I am very happy with the way the have turned out. 
This is what they look like now ...

... "Her Sunday's Best".

They are just so neat! 

Just a touch of lace ...

... over the raw silk pincushion, not more, not less but just right.

Tiny little pieces ...

... of sparkle, just enough to shine, embellish the aged boots.

See how ...

... delicate and brittle these little baby boots are?

A frill made from seam binding ...

... just peeking out a little.

Little rhinestone flowers ...

... now live ...

... where once little buttons used to.

I sent Pat a photograph of the little boots yesterday and told her the story of the little girl I was thinking of. She replied that she loved the little pincushions I had created for her and that she too could actually see the little girl in her mind. I now know that my thinking of the little girl was meant to be.

I hope you have enjoyed my newest creations as much as I did making them.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by and visit me here today 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. Absolutely lovely!
    You do such wonderful work.
    diane @ thoughts&shots

  2. I love how your items always have a story to tell,so sweet and touching.
    Best wishes,

  3. ADORABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The pincushions look soooooooooo much better than some I've seen. Sweet and simple and not overdone.


  4. Oh my gosh just magic. Sweet magic. Love these.

  5. Just right! The little boots should be the 'main' thing and you've just added enough charm to them to make them special.