Time for the new Pincushion Challenge theme! The theme for March and April will be "The Sea". I'm really excited about this one because there are so many possibilities. I'm picturing sea creatures, boats, pirate treasure and so much more. I'm looking forward to seeing what you all come up with.
Finally a new theme! I thought that since it was a new year, it might be nice to stir things up. The Jan/Feb '08 theme is "Try Something New".
So let's say you always make felt pincushions -- try making one out of woven fabric. If you like to knit, try crochet. Maybe you want to try embroidery -- well, a pincushion is the perfect little project for this. So stretch your wings a bit and see what happens. You always amaze me with the pincushions that you come up with and I can't wait to see what you all make this time!
Pretty Little Pincushions is out now and I just received my copy from the publisher. It's so amazing! And it was great fun to see many Pincushion Challenge participants appearing here and there throughout the book. If you like pincushions, you'll love it!
Oh -- and what about the Pincushion Challenge? Well, I always get a little sidetracked in the Fall and that rolls into the holidays. Sorry about the delay! A new theme will go up after the festivities are over. I'm thinking early January.
I wanted to let you all know that Piecework Magazine is having a pincushion contest and the grand prize is $500! It's called the Excellence in Needle Arts Awards—Pincushions and entires are due in by March 1st, 2008. All the details are at their website and the rules and entry form are here (pdf). Interweave tells me that this year there is a new category called the Next Generation Embroiderer which is sponsored by Sublime Stitching. They are trying to get indie crafters involved as well as traditional stitchers, so check it out!
Thanks to Jessica for bringing this to my attention and the folks at Interweave for reminding me about it too!
The next theme for the pincushion challenge is Autumn. Lately it seems that that Fall is in the air and people around the blogs are looking forward to cooler weather. Since this is my favorite time of year, I thought it would be a fun theme!
What does autumn mean to you? Back to school? Halloween? Falling Leaves? Football? I can't wait to see what you come up with!
Wow! I've gotten photos of lots of very cute, creative and beautiful pincushions for the Summertime theme! Thanks to everyone who participated.
I wanted to make sure that everyone knows about the new procedure. Instead of sending me your photos, I have created a Flickr group for the Pincushion challenge! (My pro account expired and they won't let me create any more sets!) Just join the group and upload your photos.
Here is the link to the new Pincushion Challenge Group. I was thinking that in the description of your photo it might be nice to tell which theme you made the pincushion for and where you are from (since there are a lot of participants from different countries).
Thanks for your understanding about the change! This relieves a lot of work from me and ensures that I will be able to keep the challenge going.