Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Conversion Charts and Freebies

I have pulled together a number of conversion charts for everything from DMC to Anchor to Weeks to Valdani to silks and more. There are even charts converting DMC to Mill Hill and Delica beads! They are all either PDF or Word documents. I posted them on my EGA chapter's website. Just scroll down a little on the page and download the files you would like to use.

I know Flag Day has passed us by but Independence Day is coming up and wouldn't it be fun to stitch something a little patriotic? I have that huge flag I started in May. That will take me awhile to finish, but these patriotic Quaker style hearts are fun and quick to stitch.

I am still working on the model. I am very close to being finished with it and think I should be done by the end of this weekend!

While doing Grandma Day Care two weeks ago I dropped, and broke, my camera. I now have a new one and will hopefully post photos of a few things for you next time.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Sweetheart Pin Cushions

Recently the Textile Center Library had a display of something I had never heard of before: sweetheart pin cushions and sweetheart pillows. Apparently these are items that soldiers during the world wars would make for their wives, sweethearts and mothers.

Many of these pin cushions were purchased as kits and often made by convalescing soldiers. They are quite a bit larger than what I think of as being a pin cushion but I wonder if the term comes from being a cushion that has pins in it and not from the sewing accessory. That's just a guess on my part!

The sweetheart pillows are something a little different. These were printed pieces of fabric that were used to cover pillow forms. You can see one on the bottom shelf of the last photo. There is a book on the subject, Sweetheart and Mother Pillows, if you are interested in learning more. Information on the sweetheart pin cushion is more difficult to find, but here is one link with a small bit to read. I also suggest going to the Imperial War Museum website to see more photos. Do a search for Sweetheart Heart Pin Cushions and then scroll down on the Results page and click on Collections.

You can also find them for sale on various auction sites, like Ebay.