Sunday, July 19, 2009

Thumb Pincushion

I have added how to make a thumb pincushion to the list of tutorials. Please read the story that goes with it. This is for personal use only. You can make them for yourself and to give away only.

I designed this pincushion 5 years ago in memory of a friend who fought and lost her battle with cancer. She was a courageous woman whom i am honoured to have known. She maybe gone, but not forgotten.
She loved her family and her friends and was generous in spirit. I wanted to celebrate her and spread her love.

When i am sad, i sew. When i am happy , i sew. This was a little of both.
I wanted to share her story with others in a simple way and spread her love.

I made these Thumb Pincushions.
I made 150 of them all the while thinking of my friend and what she meant to me. It was almost Christmas and i thought, How can i share my feelings about her? So i went to Spotlight in Mill Park with the now large bag of Thumb Pincushions and gave them out to the staff, telling the story of my friend as i went. The manager was very kind and generous in spirit too and allowed me to give them freely to people in the fabric department all day long telling my friends story as i went.
I wanted to share with other fellow crafters my feelings and her story.
At the end of the day all 150 of the Thumb Pincushions were gone, I felt i had celebrated her life with complete strangers. I am not a loud or flamboyant person, I am a shy quiet person and have been making them ever since.

Please feel free to make and give away to friends. Please don't copy and sell.
This is just to share with those you love.


  1. Hi Sue,
    Sounds like great therapy to me, making those thumb pincusions while thinking about a dear friend you've lost.
    Thank you for sharing.

  2. Sue you are an angel and your friend was equally as honoured to have you in her life, I am sure.

    I have one of your thumb rings and will treasure it even more now that I know the story behind it.

    Much love!
    Vikki xx

  3. This is a lovely story about a very touching gesture. You're clearly a kind-hearted and thoughtful woman.
    Oh, must go and reply to the email you sent me! Sometimes I forget things...

  4. What a wonderful story behind the pincushion. You are such an amazing person. I am sure that your friend is so proud of you. When one of my cats Wata was diagnosed for a nasal cancer over 18 months ago, I knitted him a small sweater (not to wear) to let him know that we are here for him. I am so proud that Wata is still very healthy (though sometimes ups and downs). So things like this really makes difference. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful story about your friend.

  5. Sue that is a lovely story and what a wonderful way to share you and your friends love.
    BTW I cannot find your email on your site as you asked me to email re the aforementioned thumb cushions.Sorry its late I'm somewhat under the weather at the moment :)
    My email is:

  6. What a wonderful gesture of sharing the story of your friend while giving away the pincushions. I am sure you made everyone's day. Thank you for visiting my blog. Take care.

  7. A very lovely way to share and keep memories and to celebrate your friend.

    Thank you for sharing this story with all of us and thank you also for your warmhearted lines on my blog,


  8. thank you for all your warm kind thoughts. I just knew this was a good sharing community.

    1. Love your pincushion. How do we get the pattern and instructions?? Please and thankyou.