Ring Pincushion

As part of 30 Days of Pincushions, Heather has generously provided this pincushion for one Sew Weekly reader to win! Instructions on how to win it can be found at the bottom of this post.

image from ny-image2.etsy.com Name
: Heather Leeper
Shop name: The Finicky Frog
Location: Indiana
How long on Etsy: Since September of 2008

Describe your aesthetic in three words: Whimsical, Fantastical, Cherished

How did you start making them? Selling on Etsy? Years ago I noticed an add for Etsy in Mary Engelbriet's Home Companion magazine. Oh how I miss that magazine! It just seemed like an amazing opportunity that I couldn't pass up. The pincushions started with one of those early morning pure thoughts of creativity. "I could alter a crocheted beaded bag pattern into a pincushion bottom!" Ta-da, there it was. Over time, the pincushions changed a bit from the larger ones with felted bobbles, to small ring pincushions that I can produce more easily. 

Why do you craft? I just have to! I get a little antsy when I'm not creating. In fact, you'll usually find me toting something along to appointments or on road trips. When we watch movies, I have to get my "gear" ready and everyone is waiting for me to get all situated before the movie starts. They just know the routine and I love 'um all for it. Really, I craft because that's who I am and I love what I do!

Thanks, Heather! Be sure to visit her Etsy shop and check out her other pincushions for sale!

Want to win this pincushion? You just have to answer the following question:

Do you watch television, movies or listen to music while your craft or sew? Or are you fully concentrating on your work?

Each giveaway is open for twenty-four hours from the time of posting. Please only post one comment in each thread. Winners will be announced each Monday in April. Winners can only win once but are encouraged to answer all the questions! 



Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. I don’t like distractions, like music (we don’t have a TV) when I’m on the sewing machine, or doing any cutting or pinning. When hand-sewing or crocheting, though, I like to watch old Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes on the computer. :)

  2. I’m usually singing along to a cd as it stops me swearing at the machine when I do something wrong! I have also been known to try and watch tv and sew at the machine, but usually just do hand sewing in front of the tv as to be honest I concentrate too much on the sewing and don’t understand what’s happening in the programme!

  3. I like to listen to music when sewing, actually I keep it playing almost all the time I’m home. Haven’t had a tv for years though, but back in the day I used to knit while watching some show.

  4. I usually just concentrate on what I’m doing, although sometimes I’m in the mood for listening to music while I’m sewing. But I’m more likely to watch a bit of TV or read during my frequent breaks in between sewing steps…

  5. I like to have music on in the background. Depending on my mood it could be anything from classical to hiphop. I also have an ear out for my 14month old daughter… If it’s quiet I know she’s up to something destructive! :)

  6. I am definite multitasker. Time is of the essence and for some reason there just doesn’t seem like there is enough time in the day. So when I sew, I sometimes listen to a podcast, a book, or even say the rosary. When I have hand sewing, knitting, or crocheting to do, I like to sit in my favorite chair and watch decorating or cooking programs.

  7. I like to have the tv on but that’s usually because I do my sewing when I’m home alone. I pop in an old favorite that I don’t need to pay attention to to enjoy and sew away!

  8. That pincushion is just adorable!!
    I never watch anything or listen to anything whilst I’m on the sewing machine. However when I do hand sewing or when I’m knitting i usually have the tv on with some low attention programme on, like The Simpsons!

  9. I have music on in the background when I’m doing just about everything. It helps me focus!

  10. I definitely play music – the first summer I started seriously sewing it was the Moulin Rouge soundtrack on endless repeat, nowadays I mix it up a bit more :)

  11. All the time. I usually move my cutting to the family room floor so I can watch TV. It helps the time pass, and I can get stuff done while my shows are on :)

  12. I like a good rom com in the back, one I’ve seen before. Just as background music. Sometimes, though, I’m so into it there’s nothing on in the background!

  13. if I’m lucky enough I enjoy the peace and my own thoughts, but most of the time my teenage boys think that I’m tied to the kitchen table and can just talktalktalk, sometimes the radio maybe on too!

  14. Adorable just the right size! I like to have a relaxing classical CD playing while I sew, or knit.

  15. I do both.. I sew quietly in my own little world..in my sewing room. but occasionally, I will sew,with the tv on , and semi watch a show…

  16. I’m a bit of a multi-tasker… I’ll usually have something (either music or TV) on while I’m sewing. I have trouble just sitting watching TV so the only time I’ll usually watch TV is if I’m hand sewing, pressing, cutting, marking, etc. I started off listening to a lot of music while sewing but haven’t done a lot of that lately and it’s something I really want to get back into. Music can keep me happy through sewing struggles/disasters!

  17. I don’t mind having a little ‘background company’ while I’m sewing but it has to be something I would want to watch – and often something I have seen before so that I can dip in and out of it. Having said that I’ve also had motor racing and football on as background noise and I’m not precisely a big fan of either. I too like to have something creative to occupy my hands when specifically watching the telly.

  18. Music – lately Stars and The Beatles. TV – A Touch of Frost is fun sometimes :)

  19. It’s music or a TV program on DVD (that I’ve already seen) for machine sewing and TV or movies while I’m hand sewing.
    Sewing in silence just kind of freaks me out. LOL