I'm on a bit of a vintage journey as I treated myself to this pretty pincushion made by my talented friend Sue, of 'Fancy That'. I've got to say I never buy pretty things for myself but....
I love the lattice saucer and Sue's pretty pins! She doesn't have a website or a blog, so sadly I can't share a link. Sue only sells her work at local craft fairs but I have her contact details.
Having looked at pins, can we move on to needles? ( Did you get that neat word play, took me all of 10 mins to work that one out!)
A very helpful lady at Forge Mill Needle Museum saved the day for me this week. I've been desperately searching for single packs of size 12 quilting and 11 Milliner's needles. I've trawled the internet, but nobody seems to stock the tiny sizes I wanted. Then I remembered a great visit to the museum some years ago, and rang them. No problem for them at all! The needles arrived today, neatly packed. If you 're interested in textiles, Forge Mill is fascinating.
I'm working on some stitchery projects incorporating very small English paper pieces.I wasn't happy with the threads and needle sizes I've been using for piecing, my stitches are much too big and clunky, as you can see!
See how teeny the quilting needle is! (This is a small Clover, thimble). Am I going to regret this?!
Here are both types of tiny needle together in one of my hexies. The milliner's looks gigantic against that wee quilting needle, doesn't it? When you see it on it's own, though, it's really, really fine.
I'm now looking forward to my new 'Superior' sewing threads arriving, and seeing how they affect my stitching. They've come highly recommended for applique and EPP so I'm interested to see how they perform. Has anyone else used them?x