Saturday, January 9, 2010

Cactus Pincushions

The other day when I had the wool pulled out for the making of the pomanders, I wasn't ready to put it all away.

With a name like "Cactus Needle", I knew it was time to make a few more cactus pincushions.

The filler is kept together in a little muslin pouch, which is then inserted inside the wool exterior once it's been stitched 3/4ths of the way around.

What do you like to use for the inside of your pincushion? I like to use lizard litter. Yes, you read that right. "Desert Blend" is actually ground English walnut shells, and they make a nice solid interior, and sharpen your pins at the same time. Ground walnut shells are non-toxic, dust free, and less abrasive than sand.

I find my lizard litter at a local pet shop like Petco. I spent less than $10 for a 5 lb. bag, which will make A LOT of pincushions.

These must be Saguaro's in the spring, because they are in bloom.
I'm so happy! My girlfriend Judi (Live Well With Judi) arrived last night and will be staying until Tuesday.

This is just part of the stash she brought with her.
We plan on sewing our little hearts out.


Sherri said...

Have fun sewing! Love those cactus pincushions!

Linda said...

That quilt on the front of the book is my next (in the future) project. Its paper pieced so should come out good.

Sequana said...

YES! I use lizard litter too..*L*

I love to leave the big out where my visitors can see it.....makes for some interesting discussions.

Carol said...

Have tons of fun sewing. Cute pin cushions. I use crushed walnut shells too. Love it!

Annie said...

Those pincushions are wonderful! Love the blooms on the cactus. I've never heard of lizard litter, but what a great idea!

Hope you and Judy are having fun sewing. Sure sounds like a fun way to spend a few days.



Dawn said...

Your pincusions are too cute! Have fun sewing with Judi. And yes, I use crushed walnut shells too.

Material Mary said...

love the pincushions, especially since I have one. Enjoy your friend!!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Excellent, I was not sure what to put in the inside of a pincushion, Thank you!! Now you girls have a wonderful time!!!

Janet said...

Have a great time sewing your hearts out. I wish we could buy the shells here, I've only found little expensive bags at one quilt store. I love the pincushions, the wool is great for the needles too. Good combination.

Cathy @ CabbageQuilts said...

Love your cactii Nedra, especially their pretty flowers! Great idea to use lizard litter, I bet we don't have that in Australia! Have a wonderful time with your sewing friend xo