Sample Summer on Cushion

Summer on cushion
Top of sample pincushion Summer on a good size cushion

So once again, the colour combination is not great, but I’ve pinned the sample Summer pincushion on the test cushion. This is the correct size cushion for the pattern from the book. I’ve noted in a previous post that the tatting does not sit flat on a flat surface, but here you can see it sits very well on the cushion. So the pattern I want to create must sit well on a cushion, not on a flat surface.

Summer fishnet on cushion
Fishnet side of Summer pincushion on a cushion

I really didn’t like the fishnet side of the sample Summer pattern when I started making it, and I did only one of the 3 rows the pattern called for. Here you can see, it actually looks quite nice on the cushion. I may need to rethink the fishnet.

Summer overhang correctly
Correctly placed Summer edge on pincushion with fringe sticking out

Here it may be a bit hard to notice, but the part of the Summer pattern that has a fringe sticking out over the edge lands directly on the top to side seam on the cushion.


Sample Primrose on Cushion

Purple pincushion on small cushion
What a design that’s too big for the pincushion looks like

OK, so clashing colours aside… I’ve pinned the sample Primrose to the work cushion, and this is a good view of what a cushion that’s too small looks like! Note taken, move on.

Pincushion Cushion

Paper pattern for pincushion base
Paper pattern for pincushion base
Side view pincushion base
Side sitting view of pincushion base cushion
Top view pincushion base
Top of pincushion base cushion

Yay! My wool felt arrived from Hey Diddle Woolies and my wool stuffing arrived from The Olive Sparrow so I have created a cushion to use to help shape my pattern!

The pattern is made from two  4 inch (10cm) diameter circles and two  6.5 inch (16cm) x 1.5 inch (4cm) strips cut on the bias. The strip could be done in one 13 inch (32cm) x 1.5 inch (4cm) piece, but the wool I have is better sized for 2 strips sewn together.

I will use this cushion to drape my work over to help me create the correct size pattern.

Pincushion Sample Summer

Green Summer top
Sample pincushion Summer top
Green Summer side
Sample pincushion Summer with start of a side

I started tatting a pincushion from the pattern “Summer” from the book “Tatting for Today” to see how it worked. This is the pincushion in the lower right corner on the image from my pincushion inspiration post. This pincushion isn’t finished and I don’t intend to finish it.

What I discovered making this pattern that I will need to consider when creating my own pattern:

  1. The pattern in the book has errors. The stitch count for the first inner ring is not the same for the following rings, and the last ring is again different. They should all be the same. So which one to use? This happens a lot with patterns I find in old books. The pattern in the book is only written, there is no pattern diagram, so that makes it even more difficult. The photo of the pincushion also doesn’t help… the stitch count for the inner rings is different again.
  2. The top does not sit flat. The previous pincushion sample that I tatted doesn’t sit flat either. This is likely key to a good pincushion design.
  3. The side pattern is really unappealing. It’s a kind of fish-net. I tried it 2 ways. I did some of it the way the book described, and then cut it off because it looked awful. I tried again, altering the pattern to make it more stable,  but it still looks awful. It’s good to know. The side of any pattern I make is going to need a lot of work.

Pincushion Sample Primrose

Purple Primrose top
Sample pincushion Primrose from the top
Purple Primrose side
Sample pincushion Primrose from the side
Purple Primrose up side down
Sample pincushion Primrose up side down

I tatted a pincushion from the pattern “Primrose” from the book “Tatting for Today” to see how it worked. This is the pincushion shown in white on a yellow cushion from my previous post. I haven’t made a cushion to put it on, so it needs a bit of imagination to see how it would look.

What I discovered making this pattern that I will need to consider when creating my own pattern:

  1. It’s really big! The finished dimension should be 4 1/2 inches (11.5cm) in diameter and 1 inch (2.5cm) thick. That’s room for a LOT of pins!
  2. The pattern says cut top and bottom 5 inch (12.7cm) diameter fabric circles, and a side fabric Bias Strip of 1 1/2 inch  x 14 1/2 inch (3.8cm x 36.8cm), all of which include 1/4 inch (0.6 cm) seam allowances. The whole tatted top is about 4 1/2 inches (11.4 cm) in diameter, so the over-the-edge Josephine knots are over due to stuffing. The lower portion of tatting that goes over the edge to the bottom is attached at about 3 3/4 inches (9.5cm) on the top pattern.
  3. The tatting will never sit flat. The centre is bigger than the surrounding circle, so the cushion would have to be well stuffed.
  4. I really don’t like Josephine knots. They take a lot of effort, and they look a bit picked at.
  5. Doing long chains in tatting and expecting them to be straight is silly. The chains on the lower portion are 18 stitches, attach to top, and then another 18 stitches. Because one side of the stitch takes more space that the other, a chain naturally tries to curve. It would be a struggle to get them to stay straight on a cushion.

Pincushion Inspiration

Inspiration Pincushions
Pincushions that I will use as examples when creating my own patterns.

It’s a new year and time to try something new! These pincushions from Tatting For Today (by DMC 1985) are making me think about new directions my tatting patterns can go in.

I’ve done at least one of these patterns in the distant past, and it worked well, so this is a good place to start.