Tomato & Wrist Pincushion
As part of 30 Days of Pincushions, Sunni has generously provided pincushions for two Sew Weekly readers to win! Instructions on how to win it can be found at the bottom of this post.
Name: Sunni Standing
Shop name: A Fashionable Stitch
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
How long on Etsy: Since 2008 when I started making and selling aprons. My heart really wasn't in that so much as garment sewing. After a time, I closed the shop. Later, in 2010 I opened back up finding a small niche in sewing notions and dressmaking supplies. I love garment construction and when I couldn't find the supplies I needed I decided to make them. And that's when the real fun all started.
Who or what is an inspiration for your pincushions? When I started selling my infamous Tailor's Hams and Seam Rolls, a customer asked if I could make her a pincushion. I said sure and immediately the idea of having classic tomato pincushions popped into my head having seen the ones in the sewing notion isle at the fabric store recently and thinking, I'll bet I could do better than these. Later, I did an interview with Patty, The Snug Bug via her blog. She gave me the idea for these wrist pincushions. I did an awful lot of research for these and made up a few samples. My first samples were basic and didn't have a base so as I started testing it, I found that I began to poke my wrist with the pins. It was terribly uncomfortable and the thing kept flopping about because I couldn't tighten or loosen the wristband. Finally after quite a few months of thinking and brooding on the whole thing, feeling like maybe I should just give up the idea of wrist pincushions, it dawned on me. I'm terribly terribly excited about these. They have a metal base, so you don't poke yourself, and the wristband is adjustable so you can tighten or loosen them to fit your wrist. My husband, who doesn't know the first thing about sewing, tried one and said they were just the bee's knees! Wrist pincushion – conquered! Yay!
Do you sew for yourself? Yes! I have a blog, the Cupcake Goddess, where I feature and try to give tips and inspiration on my sewing projects. I'm a garment seamstress at heart and adore fashion and clothing. I try to bring the same excitement and enthusiasm I have for dressmaking to my shop so that others can find the joy of dressmaking for themselves. It's truly a passion of mine. The art of sewing is something that brings me so much happiness and I only want it to bring other's happiness too!
Why do you craft? I love to dressmake. It's my first and foremost love in sewing, however I've also got a crafty urge. It's fun to make things that are bright and cheerful and in a way a little silly. It brings out my inner kid and it's something that I couldn't do without.
Want to win one of these pincushions? You just have to answer the following question:
Have you ever had a particularly painful sewing mis-hap?
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!