A Needle Cushion

A Needle Cushion

Always and forever, against all advice both off and online, I have kept my needles in my pincushions. I have made needle cases and been gifted needle cases and, really, I think needle cases are a great idea. From time to time, I’ve even resolved to use them. But always I revert back because it’s just so much quicker and easier to pop a needle into or pull a needle out of a pincushion. And, contrary to all the cautions I’ve heard, they don’t disappear or cause injury or who knows what else. Sometimes, though, they can be hard to see well amongst the pins so, I decided to make a shallow cushion especially for needles. I basically filled a tin lid with toy stuffing and covered it with fabric, as shown in the progress picture below.

I used a scrap of the curtain fabric left over from my Dottie Angel dress and the Makery chair.

And I still have a few scraps left…

Happy Sewing!

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

Textural Peeks


Happy New Year! Without going into a great deal of dull information, the past couple of months have not been so amenable to making as I would have hoped, owing mainly to some major redecoration done at great speed to be ready for Christmas guests staying. And with the happy intermission of Christmas, so it continues!


That door, alas, is the Makery taped shut :( Mercifully, though, the ceiling is being replaced under an insurance claim – who knew a leaking radiator pipe under the floorboards could cause such a palaver! – so someone else is filling the house with dust today. Next week we are expecting more guests…

So a quilt for the Endeavourers Reveal on the 1st February has become a rather urgent matter. And that somewhat puts my blog on hold because I can’t make anything else until I finish that and I can’t say too much about that because it’s a secret until the reveal.

So here are just some small peeks. The theme is ‘Texture’ and, having failed to come up with a plan these past two months, I started by stitching together some offcuts from previous quilts to use as base.


Then I took my favourite piece of embroidered linen (which came long ago in a scrap bag) and tried some honeycomb smocking, which gave me an inkling of what to do next.

And I tried some silk ruching and twisted pleats…

And I gathered a selection of scraps and offcuts of fabrics with different textures…

And the rest, I’m afraid, must wait for the Reveal but I think I will get it finished and it’s going along merrily at the minute – touch wood.

I hope the year is treating you kindly so far and that we will all have much making to share in 2019 :)

Janine @ Rainbow Hare