The Tulip Slip Pincushion is Finished

The Tulip Slip Pincushion Completed

The Tulip Slip Pincushion Completed

I have finished the Tulip Slip Needlework Nibble. I used a sewing machine to attach the silk brocade backing to the silk velvet front, because my fingers were still shredded from finishing the Floral Glove Needlecase, and the velvet was very hard to stitch.

The amount of stuffing needed for even quite small items never ceases to astonish me. By the time I finally managed to finish stuffing this one I was wondering whether it opened into the Fourth Dimension!

The Tulip Slip Pincushion - Corner Detail

The Tulip Slip Pincushion - Corner Detail

The corner detail shows the trefoil shapes in gold cord used to finish the piece. Those, too, were rather a challenge. I was rather wishing for a third hand to help me hold the loops in place while I attached them, and as you can tell from looking at the whole thing, some of the loops are loopier than others.

The corner detail also shows more clearly the effect of the silk gimp outline which creates a crisp edge for the shape, and helps to keep the pile of the velvet from encroaching on the tent stitched Tulip.

This was rather fun to do, and it will make a great addition to my planned “winter decoration corner” of historical needlework projects…


  1. Lady Fi says:

    Oh wow – it’s pure delight! Love that corner detail – so charming.

  2. coral-seas says:

    It is lovely, Rachel. I like you doing these projects ahead of me and pointing out the things I should watch out for, like purchase an extra hand before tackling the corners 🙂

  3. Really pretty! I almost started stitching the tulip this week but got sidetracked. Thanks for pointing out the pitfalls ahead of time!

  4. Elmsley Rose says:

    Just beautiful!

    I agree about the 4th dimension 🙂

  5. I always think the colour combination of pink and green works really well and it is very effective here. I would never have noticed that some loops are bigger than others, if you had not pointed it out, so don’t worry about that. The whole thing is just stunning!

  6. karen says:

    love those corners Rachel…….and it isn’t a curved edge on my piece. You are the second person to say that. It must be the way it’s lying on the table….

  7. I love the colour combinations and only you see the size of the loops.

  8. Penny says:

    Very lovely! I love the corners and the loops — I’m not sure that my fingers would be as nimble.

  9. Janice says:

    It’s beautiful Rachel. Hope your fingers will soon recover from the hard work with the needlecase!

  10. Melita says:

    The corner loops really add a special pizazz!

  11. Susan says:

    It’s lovely. I love that silk raspberry velvet. I wasn’t sure what a needlework nibble was so I’m glad I got to taste a bit on your blog…it turned out quite deliciously!