Well I have made my needle keeper and I think I have worked out the best way to construct it.
I need to increase the size of the area I stitched to allow for an overhang around the cardboard shape I made the dome from. It will make gathering up the fabric a bit easier and allow me to make that dome a bit higher.
I couldn't find anything on the net much about these little cushions other than they are called 'Hinoki' and the wood is usually carved from a sweet smelling wood. I did however find a retailer of this kind of pin cushion on Instagram called 'Hanakogin'. (Here an I thinking I am inventing the wheel when it had already been invented!) Here is an image of some of her work. (I think, because I found some of the same images on Ali Express' website.)
This piece has been stitched on Hemp fabric, I am stitching my version on 18 count linen. I got this linen from some CWA (Country Women's Association) ladies some time ago and have been keeping it for something special.
The gloss finish on the wood makes it really nice to handle and matches the sheen on the cotton. The pattern that I choose for this prototype is called 'Hanako Flower"
And I am using an artisan, hand dyed Sashico cotton for the stitching.
This is all for a short 4 hours class I have planned for 2022. The problem is that these cushions are addictive to stitch and make. I will have to be very stern with myself and just keep them for the class, but, they would make great little gifts for my friends.