Tiny Lovebird Nest Pincushion
As part of 30 Days of Pincushions, Rika has generously provided this pincushion for one Sew Weekly reader to win! IAdditionally, 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: Rika Kurdyla-Smith
Shop name: RiKARiKA
Location: Seattle, WA
How long on Etsy: I have been a member of Etsy since 2006, but have only started selling actively since last year – 2010
Describe your aesthetic in three words:
That's a difficult one, and I am going to deliberately fail in answering the question. I'm a bit of a chameleon when it comes to taste and aesthetic – I like to play with everything in the spectrum… I have a tremendous love for the delicate, poignant, colourful and lush pieces – while simultaneously I do enjoy wacky creations specifically for fun that generate a reaction. I'm sorry this is not neatly boxed into three words – I am just very unpredictable when it comes to creating things. I create whatever strikes my fancy – the instant surge of creativity and inventiveness is what keeps my inspiration alive. All that really translates into every object I make is that a lot of care and careful attention to detail went into every piece.
Who (or what) is an inspiration for your pincushions?
My love affair with pincushions has been a long one – since age 4 when I started stitching. I have had many I have used since, created since…it is an indispensable tool for all of us who sew. (I do have an impressive vintage pincushion collection as well which I am very proud of!) Because I have used so many in my life, I know what makes one practical. The one peeve I have with pincushions is the fact that sometimes they are made too deep – and you can "lose" your pins inside the cushion. With that, and other utilitarian factors in mind, I created my little bird nest pincushions. They are shallow enough that you can easily pluck your pins out effortlessly, and they are very small so they will fit anyone's sewing box. The felt used in them are made of wool, which will prevent your pins from rusting easily. Added to that, you have two little birds hanging out with you as you sew – which makes them adorable as well as useful. You can't lose with those features!
Do you sew for yourself?
Oh yes, always. I am always, always sewing. My main forte has always been creating garments for women out of vintage kimono silk, which I market both on Etsy as well as in independent designer boutiques. However I have always been an "antsy artisan" – always needing to be making something different, something new, something fun – because I am constantly inspired. I am constantly fighting monotony and boredom, and always seek to stay inspired and have a fresh mindset. So I had started to create some subsidiary items – whether it be my KimonoStories vintage kimono art panels (which I made for myself initially because I wanted something attractive and very unique for my wall), or the PetCosy (which not only was inspired for the comfort of my dog, but also to demonstrate my quirky sense of humor). I always have a new trick up my sleeve – I've never been a one-trick pony :)
Thanks, Rika! Be sure to visit her Etsy shop and check out her other pincushions for sale! Sew Weekly readers will receive 10% off their orders until May 15 by using the discount code: SEWWEEKLY at checkout.
Want to win this pincushion? You just have to answer the following question:
When you sew, who or what would you say is your biggest inspiration?
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!