Sunday, March 13, 2011

Castle Teacup Pincushion, for swap....

I was lucky enough to get a really fun partner in the Scrappy Pincushion Swap at Flickr.  I decided to make her a castle in a teacup.  :)   I had a teacup pattern that I got from Jodie at Vintage Ric Rac and used that as a starting point.  I drew this sketch for inspiration and everyone seemed to think I should go for it, so I did. 

After a couple of blunders which I won't subject you to here, but can be seen in my Flickr photostream (think pornographic!  eek)  this is what I ended up with.  Wisteria Castle.

The roof comes off and so does the tower, so you could actually put it back together like this short, stubby version.  :)

Under the false floor are small polished stones to give it weight and stability. Please note the manacles on the dungeon wall!  See the tiny lock on the door? 

Find the tiny key under the tiny mat!  The door flips down over the moat, but that's purely decorative.

Details of the wisteria on the castle tower.

The flag needed a Coat of Arms.  :)

And EVERY castle needs a faerie princess, right?  She is a pin-topper.

I hope you like it, I had so much fun making it.  The castle tower is a heavy cardboard tube and I wrapped the fabric around it and sewed it down, then glued the excess at the top and bottom into the tube.  I made a puffy bit for the actual pincushion part and glued that into the tube from underneath.  I got some great advice from a fellow Flickrer when I botched my first roof attempt and with her help, I am 100% happy with the new roof and the whole thing, actually.  I wanted to keep this, very badly, but the horrible kittens had their eyes on it and I knew it would be safer in some other household. 

Hellooooo, Gravey!


Jewel said...

You are a genius! This is the cutest thing I have ever seen!

Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

O.M.G.!!! That is beyond wonderful!! Really, that just is amazing.

Cindy Sharp said...

OOooh Gravey! Watch out for the zap of the green haired farie...she might turn you into a mouse!

Wonderful pinnie.

Allie said...

I am speechless with envy for your swap partner - this is amazing!

Lynz said...

Bloody. Hell.

That is all. Me is speechless. Except to say, is it typical that my favourite bit are the manacles?!?!? Bua-ha-ha!! Genius. Total genius. (that's quite wordy for being speechless, innit?)

Silvia LGD (Little Green Doll) said...

Wow! What a great work!!! I love it!! :)

Susan R said...

Oh my! You are so darn talented! This is truly amazing Flossie! Love that little Gravey picture too! Smooches to you all!

Anonymous said...

I love your descriptions. Your pics of this pincushion are great.