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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

My Little Thistle Flower ...

Hello my dear friends,

remember this little embroidered thistle flower I just recently made?

I so love they way it looks, just so neat and different too. 

After making the little flower in white crochet thread, I couldn't resist dyeing some of the thread in a lovely shade of purple to give the little flower some color. Of course I couldn't resist making a pincushion that I could embellish with this sweet little embroidered flower. I used two different shades of strong thread for the stem and to hug and hold the pale purple blossom. Two small pieces of sari silk ribbon became the leaves. As always, seam binding was a must and I chose to use the one that is closest in color to the drop cloth, again one of my favorites. Seam binding also became the "chain" of this pocket watch pincushion. I crochet it and as the final touch I added a bow made of crinkled seam binding to the end and then it was done!

I made it very simple but very pretty in my eyes and that is what I am sharing with all of you today.

My "Little Thistle Flower".

I love it when things turn out the way I hope they would and this is for sure one of them.
 I think it might be one of my new favorites.

Did you know that the thistle flower stands for so many good things?! Like bravery, devotion, strength and determination and the thistle is also the national flower of Scotland, a beautiful place. And last but not least ... did you know that the thistle is a part of the sunflower family? Who would have known right?!

Hopefully today I will have the time to start working on another pincushion again with this little flower but this time, I am going with the way I made it the first time, a little white flower.

So if you have a little spare moments, then do come back some time again and see what I have been up too.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.


  1. I love the pin cushion in the old watch case, so charming ,I would wear it for a necklace without the pins of course

    yes make more

  2. Oh boy - another favourite for me too. I'm of Scottish background so of course I love the thistle.

  3. Oh my goodness you are killing me with these. They just get better and better. I have to tell you I ordered a roll of white seam binding ribbon and I ordered lots of the dyes so once I get my house unpacked from my remodeling I plan to make some dyed fabric and ribbon. Then I'll make some pincushions. I hope they turn out half as good as yours. Can't wait to see what you do next !
    Jean Elliott
    Glendale, Wisconsin

  4. Ohhh what a charming pin cushion. I love the colour combination and the lovely idea of using the pocket watch casing to house the pin cushion. Your idea for creating a chain from seam binding is perfect and finishes of the project beautifully.I would love to find some of these pocket housings, for a kind of different project, so will have to see if I can find some on ebay here in France. Thank you for sharing :)
    Hope you are having a wonderful day.
    Warmest best wishes,

  5. Love it Karen. So pretty.
    Happy Summer.

  6. You are truely gifted! I love all your works of Art💕 I enjoy your blog and look forward to hearing from you every week.

  7. When my husband and I were on our honeymoon, nearly 37 years ago, on our last full day we found a field of thistles that were gorgeous. We took many pictures there and it has always been a special flower for us. We have given each other thistle gifts often on our anniversaries through the years. Your little thistle is truly beautiful.

  8. Absolutely stunning! So different and interesting! Thank you for sharing ... Also, I did not know the Thistle was part of the sunflower family. My mom loves Sunflowers so I will share that little bit of trivia! LOL

  9. I love this! The pale purple thistle is so pretty.