Sew Sweet Skunk Pincushion
As part of 30 Days of Pincushions, Donna 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. Additionally, she’s providing Sew Weekly readers with a 10% discount off anything at her shop. Instructions on the discount and how to win this pincushion can be found at the bottom of this post.
Name: Donna LaRocque
Shop name: Bluedaisies
Location: British Columbia, Canada
How long on Etsy: Since December 31st, 2008
Who or what is an inspiration for your pincushions?
I would have to say my mom!! :) She was an expert with a needle and thread. My mom made many of my clothes by hand and embellished them with embroidery – like my Toughskins overalls (the only ones I could not wear the knees out of) – they had little ladybugs, snails and flowers embroidered all over them! When I was five, my mom set me up with a Holly Hobby box full of sewing goodies and taught me what she knew. I have many happy memories of sewing beside her on my projects.
I also get inspired by the colors and feelings of happiness that radiate off of the sweet little faces of 1950’s ceramics, such as Lefton’s Bluebirds, Miss Priss or Holt Howard’s Cozy Kittens – I find anything vintage from that time period inspirational.
Do you sew for yourself?
Oddly, no, I don’t. I have wanted to keep some things that I have made but they always find their way out of here as gifts or into my Etsy shop. I think there is something really special about a handmade gift, so, rather than keep things I make myself, I love picking out a handmade treat from Etsy made by someone else. I have a whole shelf of cute pincushions and creatures wonderfully made by other sellers! But I have to say that my most used pincushion is actually my 6″ wide standard tomato – lol! :)
What do you love making the most?
I love making pincushions! They are wonderful pieces of functional art! Just like snowflakes – no two are alike! Whether they are just a tomato or a fancy half vintage, half sewn creation, they are likely to become an heirloom that is passed down from one crafty person to another. You never throw away a pincushion. Even when they are worn out, you just leave them on the shelf with a couple of pins in them. For anyone who is nimble with a thread and needle, a pincushion has huge sentimental value. Every pinhole in them represents all the projects that they helped you with over the years. I think that’s why so many people love them! :)
Thanks, Donna ! Be sure to visit her Etsy shop and check out her other pincushions for sale! Sew Weekly readers will receive 10% off their orders during the month of April by using the discount code: SEWWEEKLY at checkout.
Want to win this pincushion? You just have to answer the following question:
I love Donna’s sentiment that “every pinhole in them represents all the projects that they helped you with over the years.” Do you have any special notions, tools or books that have a particularly fond place in your heart?
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!