Spring Flower Pin Cushion

crochet flower pin cushionFinally, a little bit of cheer in a drab week! I know I’ve neglected the blog recently, and thank you to everyone who has been stopping by, clicking the like button and leaving comments here and on facebook. You know how much I appreciate it.

The trouble with publishing is it works so far in advance that often I am hooking away on secret projects which just don’t leave time for fun. I won’t be able to share the fruits of my current  labours with you until next year, when hopefully I’ll have fallen back in love with my latest creation!  I’ll just hint that after using up 36 balls of yarn all in one neutral shade on a 4mm hook I really felt I needed a bit of colour in my life!

So, inspired by the beautiful little tea cup bulbs I mentioned last week (which you can find on Emma’s blog) here’s a little bit of a “Spring Fling” for you all.

The tea cup was a freebie from Hendrick’s Gin – do take a peek at their website if you’ve not come across them before – it’s just the epitome of good humoured kitsch.  It does taste delicious too.

The pattern for the flower is very similar to the one I used for the Tatton Corsage (click the link to download a copy) a few years ago, I stuffed the tea cup with florist oasis, sewed the flowers to a piece of double crochet worked in brown wool. I wrapped the crochet around the oasis ( a bit of judicious tweaking will be needed to keep it all looking neat). The leaves are very simple too – scroll to the bottom for details. The yarns are scraps of double knitting yarn and I used a 4mm hook.

Now I finally have somewhere to pop all my pins when I’m working.

Well, it made me smile even though Mr T and the teen declared it a “bit icky” for their liking! Maybe one day I’ll write the pattern up properly, but meanwhile go find your favourite crochet flower pattern and indulge in a bit of crochet frippery.

* Super quick and simple leaf:

ch8, dc in 2nd ch from hook, *htr, tr, 3 tr,tr,  htr,dc, do not turn, dc into other side of foundation chain, work from * and fasten with a slip stitch. fasten off and weave in ends.

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  1. Love your pin cushion I am busy with crochet eggs :)

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  2. Beautiful! It’s so cute.

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  3. Tracey

     /  March 18, 2013

    Thankyou x

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  4. Pretty pincushion Tracey and thanks for the leaf pattern – how did you know I needed one this week?!!
    Yay for colour!!
    <3 your hook holder too!
    Ali xx

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  5. I love the flowers! I have lots of pincushions, but the nearest one never seems to have the particular pin/needle that I want!!

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