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Topic: Felted Pincushion Tutorial/Instructions?  (Read 1968 times)
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Decadence2artbar
« on: November 01, 2006 06:49:21 AM »

Im looking for instructions on making pincushions from felted and rolled wool sweater pieces, they end up looking like cupcakes....

Any tutorials out there?

thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2006 11:48:51 AM »

try the knitting board, this is a different type of felting than we do here.  good luck!
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« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2006 05:46:05 AM »

You mean similar to these?
http://www.betzwhite.com/slideshow14.html#0

I don't know about a tutorial for those (but it must be something along the lines of cutting strips of felted fabric, folding them in half lengthwise and rolling them together), but Betz White has recently published a great tutorial for her "cutie pies":
http://www.betzwhite.com/blog/2006/10/cutie-pie-tutorial.html

And she's working on a book.
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« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2006 10:17:19 AM »

Oh my gosh! Those cupcakes are so cute!
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« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2006 01:53:15 PM »

they are, arent they!
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« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2006 02:04:03 PM »

I've made a few, inspired by her design. Since she's selling them, I feel sort of awkward making a tute, even though I'm my method of getting the same result is probably different. If you want to copy something that's already out there, I think it's a goo didea to just study the thing to tell how they're put together, and then make a go of it. This was Betz' hard work, and she should get the credit for it.
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« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2007 01:31:28 AM »

OMG! javascript:void(0); Grin Betz White was JUST on Martha Stewart today doing a tutorial on her latte cup pin cushions. I am really glad she was on because I just posted on a thread asking about where to find her stuff. They are really expensive on her website- about $25- but they are a lot less tough to make than you'd think. I can't believe she shared how to make them! If I came up with an idea that cool I would keep it a closely-guarded secret. She must know that lots of crafters are poor  Cheesy.

The latte cup and the cupcake cushions are both essentially made the same way but the latte cup has a couple more complex pieces to it (handle of the cup, the whipped cream on the coffee, the saucer). I wish she had done a tute on the cupcakes because I can't figure out how she makes the bottom so flat (with the latte cup she makes a flat surface by making a saucer out of felt), or how she makes the cherry for the top of the cupcake. If anyone has any ideas or has made one, please post them or PM me- I would really appreciate it.
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« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2007 03:03:35 AM »

i'm probably wrong, but if you watch that cupcake photo carefully, it seems like it has a piece of felt at the bottom, too. try cutting a circle just a little bit smaller in diameter then cupcake, and then sew/glue/whatever it to the bottom. and cherry.. maybe a little pompom or bead made of felt?
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« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2007 08:12:37 AM »

Kewl, so are the instructions on Marthas website or?

$25 really isnt that much for a unique handmade item like that...IMHO, mind you I like to be paid a decent wage, otherwise I might as well go get a job somewhere...

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« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2007 06:33:26 AM »

Kewl, so are the instructions on Marthas website or?

$25 really isnt that much for a unique handmade item like that...IMHO, mind you I like to be paid a decent wage, otherwise I might as well go get a job somewhere...

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Oh, I fully agree Brenda. $25 is not bad for a hand-crafted piece. In fact, I found out about Betz White's stuff because we did the same craft show last summer!

But the more I get into this "crafty business" the more I realize that its hard to buy someone else's stuff when you are a "starving artist" yourself. I am so glad Betz White was generous enough to share her technique on Martha Stewart so that those who couldn't easily afford to buy her stuff could take a crack at making it ourselves.
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