|Pin cushion jars made at the May 2015 Tatting Social|
In May, my LYS (Local Yarn Shop) hosted a Tatting Social for which I was
Since then I have gone a bit barmy for pin cushion jars.
|Hello Kitty 4 oz. pin cushion jar.|
No Dull PinsHere's my dilemma: the metal lid keeps the pin cushion from "popping" like a weasel out of the top once the rim is turned onto the jar. Pushing the pins down to the metal lid dulls them.
|Peacock pin cushion|
Hot-gluing into the rim is messy and hot-glued cushions dislodge after a few opening turns. (What's the point if you cannot use the jar for storage?)
What's a girl to do? I have read that steel wool keeps pins sharp. But I suspect I will have done and move on to more conciliatory pursuits.
EDIT: Just to be clear, the pin cushion jars work GREAT when you use the metal lid in the bottom. They turn on to the jar smoothly. They don't pop out of the lid. The only downside I can see is that the pins get dull if they are pushed in as far as they can go.
I have extra long pins, so I am guilty of pushing them in farther than the average person. It is a habit I developed when Sapling was small and his curious, wee fingers got into everything.
My latest pin cushion jar has steel wool in the bottom with poly-fil batting on top. It assembled easily with the lid and (while not as poufy as the ones with a felt disk) works well. If my pins dull, I will get new pins. I love having a peacock feather pin cushion jar!
|Stars and Stripes at the June 2015 tatting social|
The June Tatting Social was all about patriotic tatting. In honor of the sweet land of liberty we celebrate every July 4th, we tatted stars and American flag bookmarks in different sizes.
HandyHands, Inc. graciously granted us one-time use permission to share Dee Powell's American Flag pattern from the pattern book "Tatted Bookmarks Needle & Shuttle," edited by Barbara Foster.
My flag is the "medium sized" one at the top right in the photo (10 rings wide). Fellow teacher Sw4nkyL4c3r needle tatted two red stars and the small flag pendant in bottom right of the photo.
It was a truly wonderful day spent tatting and chatting. Cannot wait for the August tatting social!