Pincushion Irene Experimenting 2

Irene Side First Try
Possible row 3 for Irene echoes the set of three rings, but spacing is not good.

I think echoing the pattern from the top of the pincushion is a good idea, but my first attempt is not satisfying.

Irene Side
Row 3 with better spacing, and repeating the set of 3 rings nicely.

Now this side is very appealing. It is delicate and has the three rings again, and is not stressed or pulled.

Pincushion Irene Experimenting 1

Irene first try
First attempt to modify pattern Helga to make 8 points for a pincushion pattern.

First attempts to modify the pattern Helga to create a pincushion I will call Irene… needs some work.

The first, middle row is too small, so the second row buckles too much. Putting it on my sample pincushion shows it will not sit flat on the cushion.

Irene First Try Cut
Irene with first row cut to see if spacing of second row would work with a different first row.

The fun of experimenting – I get to cut the first attempt to pieces!

This shows that the second row may actually work well, if I do something different with the first row.

Irene Top Pattern
Rows 1 and 2 complete for a new pattern that has potential.

And there we have it… a new first row. And the second row works well around it. The first row now has the flavour of the 3 little rings I liked so much from the inspiration pattern, so I’m very happy with this.

Pincushion Irene Inspiration

Inspiration for Irene
My snowflake pattern Helga – which is still in development – is the inspiration for Irene. Here in very rough shape!

Experimentation is key to working out a good pattern. Here is my snowflake pattern Helga (which still needs a lot of work) in green, with a bit more work done on it in white.

I like the group of three small rings. I’ve mirrored the three rings with another set of three rings… it needs work, but this has potential.

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.

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.