Tudor Pincushion Finished

Tudor Pincushion Final Stitch In Place

Tudor Pincushion Final Stitch In Place

The final stitch in the Tudor Pincushion was the central boss in Four Sided Interlacing Stitch, which slotted nicely into place after I received the instructions for Month 16.

I decided – after staring at it intermittently while I’ve waited for the stitch to turn up – that I was happy enough with the border and did not need to unpick it. So the next phase was to attach the silk backing and stuff the pincushion.

Finished Tudor Pincushion

Finished Tudor Pincushion


I’ve tried not to over-stuff it, since I intend to use it as a decoration and not as a pincushion, but I still found myself pushing more stuffing in than I expected. Unlike the Tulip Slip Pincushion, where the velvet was so tough that I used a sewing machine, this one is finished entirely by hand, and stuffed enough to look plump and fat, but not so much that the fabric is strained.

Close Up Of Pincushion

Close Up Of Pincushion

I’m finding with Tricia’s various pieces that photographing them from an angle sometimes produces a much clearer view of the stitching. There is certainly less likelihood of “glare” from the metal threads. Besides, after all that effort, I’m more than happy to show off a little…!



  1. I often use the ‘photographing at an angle’ technique for the same reason – it seems to show detail much better. This is gorgeous work.

  2. Lady Fi says:

    Wow! It looks absolutely stunning! Congrats.

  3. coral-seas says:

    You should show off a little. It is beautifully stitched. Well done on finishing it.

  4. It looks gorgeous- too good to put pins in though!

    I’d show off a lot if I were you…

  5. Oh, how beautiful! Great job!

  6. Elmsley Rose says:

    oh! Oh! Oh! Congratulations! It looks just beautiful! I hope you have a place of honour for it to live. Are you the first to finish the pincushion do you know?

  7. Stunning. You have every right to show off a little.

  8. Penny says:

    Beautiful! Love the colors and as always your stitching and finishing is perfect!

  9. Jan says:

    Just gorgeous! I for one would not put a pin in it – I would be afraid of breaking the delicate gold threads. Smile away, you deserve it!

  10. Alex says:

    You can appreciate the lovely gold stitching on the border much better with the angled photo. More photos would be even nicer. 😮

  11. Janice says:

    Yes, the angle shot gives much more detail. It’s absolutely gorgeous. Very well done – after 16 months!!!!!

  12. How lovely!! It will make a stunning decoration, Rachel!

  13. Susan says:

    Bravo AGAIN!!! Holy smokes! Every post I read is another finish!!!! You AMAZE me.

    The pincushion looks really great. And I agree about the photo. In fact, I find most of my favorite shots are taken from an angle. Rarely is my favorite shot a dead on one but that may just be my personal preference….congratulations, you whippersnapper, you…