I started this blog during my recovery from Post Traumatic Stress after I had been physically attacked. It played a big part in my recovery but the most important role in that recovery was played by my stitching. Kogin and Cross Stitch in particular. PDSD reared it's head again this year and I have been plagued by high blood pressure and anxiety. So, I have turned to the two kinds of stitching that helped in the past and you know, they still works.
I have found some scrap 32 count linen, drew out the design for a bee and started stitching. My blood pressure has come down and I am a lot calmer.
I include the pattern for the bee and a link to the instructions on how to make this small pin cushion. I stitched this on 32 count linen and worked over 2 threads using 2 strands of DMC stranded cotton. ( I found that 24" of cotton was enough to stitch the design.)
You could use any small design or even repurpose some old embroidery to make these. There are lots of examples of these kinds of pin cushions on Pinterest. Kathy Schmitz has two great books full of small embroidery designs that are suitable. (I bought "Tiny Treasures" as a digital download.)
The tutorial for the construction of the pin cushion is also from her blog. I did make a small change when I made my pin cushion by including a magnet at the back of the embroidery to make it a needle keeper as well.
I was going to eliminate the cord around the embroidery but when I stitched it I could see my hand stitching so I added it back in. The prototype threw up a few problems.
Firstly, my hand is getting really bad, I have an appointment with the specialist today.
Secondly, you must use a thread that matches the fabric to sew the hexis together, I'm going to experiment with machine embroidery threads.
Thirdly, I am also going to have to experiment with stitching the back of piece again, I'm not happy with the finish.
And finally, it is a pain trying to keep the needle away from the magnet when you attach it to the back of the embroidery but having that magnet there is really cool.
This is how it looks from the inside before you turn it through. I just left one seam open on the last hexi and had no trouble with the turning through.
I am so pleased that I know how to stitch, it is a blessing.
You could buy a pattern from Etsy if you prefer.