In days gone by, women didn’t have money to go out and buy items they needed or wanted; they had to “make do” with what they had around the house. Pincushions were very important to needlewomen to keep track of their valuable pins & sewing needles. They usually consisted of stuffed balls of fabric made from material available around the house and usually perched on top of a stand which was often a recycled household item.
I wet-felted a piece of felt for my project and cut it roughly to the shape I was after; next, I needle felted my ‘sheep’ for texture; hand stitched the finished front piece to a back piece of recycled wool from a left-over rug hooking project, and stuffed her with my wool fleece. She’s mounted on an antique ‘hog scraper’, but, a recycled antique textile bobbin or wood candle stick would ‘make-do’ nicely!
Here’s another 3-D ~ all needle felted ~ sheepy that I think I’ll mount to an old textile bobbin to create another make-do pincushion. What do you think?
Or, I was thinking of stitching up a body and making a sheepy pull-toy?
I can’t decide…