quilts, treadle sewing machines, crochet, watercolor, dogs, & other fun stuff


Don’t worry; it’s not real! ;o)

Some time ago, I came across a pattern for a very cute mouse pincushion— one that I only recently got around to trying. I changed a couple of things, as you’ll probably notice if you clicked over to the tutorial. The most obvious difference is that I made my stitches visible. (I used the whip stitch in a color that contrasted with the felt.) I also stitched around the ears and used teensy-tiny buttons (that I made myself from polymer clay) for the eyes.

My stitching skills could use some polishing. I imagine this is another instance of “practice makes perfect”, and as such, is a great excuse for making a few more of these little felt mice! (I stuck this one in with a gift, so my sewing box is still mouse-less.)

Hm. What colors should I make the next one. . .?

I love these pincushion projects– just enough hand stitching to let me play around with thread and needle, but not so much that I get impatient with my lack of skill as a seamstress. (g)


I’m Michael (a female Michael, to remove any doubt).  I live on the Alabama Gulf Coast with my husband, Donald, and our crazy American Eskimo Dogs. 

I love to fill my spare time with various crafts and other hobbies, and this blog is where I share photos, record my progress, and ramble endlessly.

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