So here it is: a very tiny giveaway, but one that will be light to post, so I'm happy to post it anywhere, and hopefully it can be made into something bigger and more lovely once it's reached its destination.
I've snipped into the fabrics myself last night and came up with this pincushion. I've been thinking about Dresden plates ever since seeing this flower here - it's virtually impossible not to be inspired and propelled towards your own sewing machine immediately after looking at Louise's work...if only in the vain hope of creating something half as lovely as her stitchery. I find that almost everything she sews I wish I'd made myself.
So last night I created the actual plate and this morning I turned it into a rather obese pin cushion. The maths involved in creating the pattern pieces to make the petals hurt my head quite horribly...but this is so good for me, because while maths was something that I had no interest in at school, I can now see the importance of understanding angles and so I'm relearning it with rather more enthusiasm than I had for it the first time around. I try not to ask Mr Teacakes, who is something of a maths wizard, to do all these things for me, as it feels so important that I can work them out for myself.
I somehow found the construction stage more pretty than the finished item with this project...I loved how all the pins looked splaying out in a circle around the petals.
Let me know if this is something you like the look of making and I'll try and whip up a (free - yippee!) tutorial for it at some point...although I think in future I would make this pin cushion quite a lot smaller as it looks as though it may have been genetically modified at its current size. It has little pleats toward the bottom so that the lower circle fits in easily.
Anyway, as per my other giveaways I was hoping that you'd contribute a little of yourself in entering. I'd love to know about odd family words that you have for things as this fascinates me as my own family had so many that as a child I had no awareness of what was an actual word and what was a figment of my family's self-created vocabulary. The ones that have remained with me and that I still use today are as follows:
- belcones - this term refers to a cat's front legs and would be used as such: 'my, my, what fine belcones you have, Tabitha'.
- scumping / to scump - a term that refers moving from one place to another in a laborious manner, such as 'I was scumping up the hill on the way home'
- gubbins, crottle and clotrifodes - all refer to excessive amounts of clutter, whether it be in a room or about your person: such as 'mother, you've come in and put all your clotrifodes on the kitchen table again, please do leave it in the hall!'
- wackering and cornerish - to feel apprehensive and worried about doing something.
- nim-nim - this refers to things that are little twee or overly fussy...rather uncharitably this can be applied to both people and objects
- trotters, paws and chops - all references to body parts - feet, hands and cheeks respectively.
- winneting, winnet - if one is 'winneting about' it means that they are being frustratingly indecisive...thus a person being unable to make up their mind about which restaurant they'd like to eat in later may be told to 'stop being such a winnet!'.
- mimmy-moking - to mimic and imitate in an irritating way
- joshing - to joke about something
Anyway, lurkers, newbies and old lovelies (that means long-time commenters, not old ladies...although they're really welcome too) are all welcome.