Monday, September 16, 2013

Pin It! Hop ~ Too Many Pincushions?

Can a girl ever have too many pincushions??  My answer is NO. Especially when I find myself asking... "Where are the pins!?!" 

Here is my latest - a new "Lil' Woolie"



* Felted wool ball
* Bits of wool or roving
* A little glue
* A 1-1/2" button
* A few pins.
and that's it!

More kits and patterns available HERE.

These cute little critters can be made with pre-felted wool balls that come in a package...

...Or by felting your own wool, like the cute little Ladibug above!

To "Felt" your own wool ball:  Roll some yarn or roving (cleaned, carded wool, ready to be spun into yarn but still fluffy) into a tight little ball.  Use a felting needle with a hooked end to "felt" or bind the roving into a tight little ball.  Any color will do.    Note:  Do NOT get your fingers or your lap in the way of the felting needle.  (Don't ask how I know this...)  You can use a foam pad or brush to do the felting on, if you want.  


When you get a good, tight ball for the center, add your desired color of roving, felting as before.  


It takes awhile to poke all of the fibers together with one little needle, but that's all I had.  Clover makes a felting tool with many needles together.  More effective, I'm sure.  Eventually, the ball becomes tight and smooth.

If you want to shrink the fibers and meld them together even more firmly and securely, slide your wool ball into an old nylon stocking, tie a knot on either side, then throw it into the wash.  The agitation and hot water in the washing machine will continue the felting process.  Dry in the dryer or allow to air dry, and you're ready to embellish.  Felt in pieces of yarn, other wool bits or small sections of roving to finish your masterpiece!  

Yeah, I don't think I'll ever have enough pincushions!  Here's my little pile of pretty little pinnies.


Oh, you want to know my favorites?
CHICKENS, of course, thank you for asking! *Ü*
Hen Party Chicks @ Sew We Quilt:  STORY & TUTORIAL
Quiltscapes Hen Party Chicks Pincushions:  TUTORIAL
 Spring Chickens (& a Foul Fowl) @ Riley Blake Designs:  TUTORIAL
Printer-Friendly Instructions:  PATTERN

And you may have seen my Rosebud Wristlet pincushions... love these!  Here's the TUTORIAL.

Love these little ultra-suede hearts too - here's a link to that pattern from APQ:  HEARTS

And of course there are other creations, too, some I made, some were made by quilting friends.  Here's an adorable little hexie cushion I received from an online pincushion swap.  Sew cute!

Love my little owls.  Tutowlrial from Moonstitches HERE.

So... my dear husband thinks I have too many pincushions, and that I should give some away.  Do you think so too?  What would you prefer?  A Hen Party Chick?  A Rosebud Wristlet?  A little Owlet?  A Lil' Woolie?  A surprise?  I'll give away a few of these on Saturday after the hop.  Or maybe I'll just make some more.  *Ü*  

At any rate, please leave a little note here if you'd like to participate.  Be/become a follower and let me know for a 2nd chance.  And be sure to visit the rest of my pinny sisters today!

Big THANKS to Kristin of Meadowbrook, a terrific cheerleader for this hop who has inspired us with terrific, adorable pincushions each day of the hop! And of course, the illustrious Madame Samm who has gathered some terrific sponsors and prizes for this hop.  See all the details at SewWeQuilt.com.  (By the way, I can't wait for you to see her pinnies!!)

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152 comments:

  1. Deonn! I love your pincushions. especially the chicks and woolies. The Sheep is my favorite! I love sheep.
    Thanks for sharing.
    xo jan@sewandsowfarm

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  2. I am already a follower of your inspiring and fun blog :)
    xo jan

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  3. So many cute pincushions! Thanks, Deonn, for the photos how the wool balls are made and for the links to the tutorials. I have linked to your blog today in my pin cushion post as I used you tutorial for your adorable chicken pincushions. Thanks! ... :) Pat

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    1. Pat, your scrappy little chick is just adorable, and thanks for posting the links!

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  4. Wouw i like the felt pinchuchions, you make a lot of it.

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  5. such a variety of pin cushions here, will be popping back for future looks

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  6. Love the wooly pin cushions! Thank you for sharing.

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  7. Oh they are all so sew adorable - I love them all. Thanks for the tutorial too - I have never tried felting although it is on my to do list sometime! Thanks for sharing.

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  8. What an adorable collection of pincushions...love the little woolies and owlet!! Thanks for sharing :)

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  9. Your collection of pincushion is adorable. My favorites are the ones made of wool. Thanks for sharing your creativity

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  10. You are absolutely right. You can never have enough pincushions! I tend to have one for every project I am working on....and I have to admit to this, a few extra too..... Still, I find pins in the most unlikely places (stuck into my trousers, into the chair I happened to sit in while sewing, in my feet and even in my bed!). I am already a follower of yours. I can't choose....they are all just too cute!

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  11. I just love all those cute animals! Adorable!

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  12. Lil' Woolie is so cute! You have so ...so..many pincushions - they are all so lovely. The wrist bud is so cute and clever! Brilliant stuff!

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  13. Those little woolies are so cute, I would love to win one. Thanks for this giveaway.

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  14. They are so cute and nice, the whole flock! Great idea, I have so much felt at home, that is ideal to use my scraps!

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  15. I love your little woolies sew much!! Especially the sheep! I follow you and would love to have one of your adorable pinnies. That chicken makes me smile.

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  16. I would love to win a cute pinnie from you.

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  17. Nice collection and I love those little felt ones. So cute!

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  18. I am into owls at the moment, so fell in love with the owl pin cushion!

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  19. Thanks for the link and you have a beautiful pincushion there.

    Warm regards from Holland,
    Marga♥

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  20. Totally love the little Shaun pincushion (adore sheep) as well as the checkered chicken (so cute!!!) and the little owl! They're all adorable!

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  21. Count me in! I think those adorable little felted balls look like fancy cake pops! And I really love that black and white gingham chicken. I'd give her a blue ribbon at the fair.

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  22. Deonn, they are all fabulous but I am partial to the black and white chicken.

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  23. I love the little felted balls, and the owl is gorgeous too :-)

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  24. Your pincushions are all adorable! and that is a mighty big pile of pincushions!

    I would love to own one of your pincushions and the Owlet would be my choice. he could keep the owl that my friend Marie made for me company upstairs by my sewing machine. He is all lonely up there. :)

    I would send you one back. :)

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  25. Clever little pinnies! I'm partial to chickens too.

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  26. How adorable, your little ones are so cute together. Thank you for a fun giveaway, I would love a surprise because I find it too difficult to choose which one is my favourite.
    ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

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  27. Wow, that's a lot of pincushions, and all so cute! I especially like the chickens and the little woolies -- that sheep is just fabulous!

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  28. Great pincushions - thanks for sharing. I'd love a surprise pincushion.

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  29. I am a follower.
    ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

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  30. I following with Bloglovin'. Thanks again.

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  31. very nice projects...I like the little heart

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  32. I would have a hard time choosing between the wrist pin cushion and the owl but they are all super cute :)

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  33. Thanks for sharing how you made the ladybug. Those are so cute! Love the owl too and thanks for all the links. Now I must go check them all out.

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  34. I love the little woolies and would love to win one! Your whole collection is wonderful.

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  35. Like, like and more like! That is some big collection you have there and it is great that you are willing to give a few away. If I have to pick just one, I'd choose the wristlet. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  36. I've been a happy follower for years now.

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  37. Absolutely a minuet showing...i adore your collection, all of them so tender sweet like you

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  38. Such sweet woolie pincushions...the black sheep is, of course, my favorite but that lady bug is a cutie! Thanks for showing the felting process...I will have to try this.

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  39. Love these, especially the one eyed guy!!

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  40. Love all your pincushions. Wow do you have a collection! I would love a little owl if I win.

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  41. Those are all sooooo cute. The little lamb one is precious in the felt. I think I need to make one of your chickens. Darling. You do have a wonderful collection of pincushions.

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  42. I have to agree with your husband, I think you have too many pincushions and to help you out (because that is the sort of person I am) I will take the woolies off your hands. :D
    They are so cute and I have loved them since I first saw them, but as a stitcher and sewer you can never really have too many pincushions - after all they keep the pins off the floor and therefore out of the bottom of bare feet!
    I would love to give a woolie a home though.

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  43. I am definitely a follower of your blog. I love reading your posts and seeing your gorgeous woolie collection grow.

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  44. Deonn your pincushions are so darn cute!! I love those woolie ones, especially the sheep and the pig. But they are all wonderful.

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  45. I have been a happy follower for a long time. Thanks for a sweet giveaway.

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  46. what a great collection of pin cushions you have Deonn!

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  47. Wow thats a real zoo, your little pincushions are so cute.
    Thank you for sharing these and all die other beautiful pincushions.
    Bente

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  48. Sure I do follow, thanks for the chance.
    I would be proud to wear a Rosebud Wristle made by you.

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  49. Cute pincushions. Never have felted before, looks like fun.

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  50. Oh wow...what a great collection. I collect chickens too...all kinds! Thanks for the giveaway chance.

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  51. I love the owl. It would look great with my owl collection.
    tvbart@charter.net

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  52. I love the owl. It would look great with my owl collection.
    tvbart@charter.net

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  53. I follow your blog through email and I enjoy reading them.

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  54. So adorable! I've never tried felting but it sure looks like fun. I would love a little woolie of my own.

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  55. Love the pincushions. They are great, especially the owls. Wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  56. I am a follower. Thanks for sharing

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  57. Wow, LOL I love them all. Especially the tea pot and chicks. But a surprise would be just as wonderful. Thanks for a chance and for sharing.

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  58. So many little pin cushions...they are all so cute. I love them. Thanks for showing us all of them. Believe me, I checked them all out.

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  59. I love all of them. So any one of them works for me
    Sandy W

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  60. You do have a wonderful group of pin cushions they are all so adorable and creative. It is hard to choose one but the Owl is so cute. I am a follower and love all that you create. Thanks for sharing and also giving us tutorials so we can make our own.

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  61. LOVE all of your delightful and fun pincushions! You are a creative and clever zoo -keeper ! Your B&W chicken is a classic... she is so elegant!

    I'd love to win a chicken in your contest!

    Susie
    legato1958@aol.com

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  62. Wow you have been busy. I love all of them. Thanks for sharing. That owl is adorable.I love those little woolies.

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  63. I am happy a new follower by email and gf!

    I want to go back and read your blog posts this week!


    Susie
    legato1958@aol.com

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  64. OOOOhhh I like them all! The little felted ones are adorable and I am off to go check the site you have listed, thank you.

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  65. The little woolies are so cute and the little owl is adorable. I want them all.

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  66. I'd love a little surprise pinnie!!

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  67. Deonn, one never has to many pin cushions, can one??? You made a lovely pile of pin cushions, wool is great material to work with. I love all your pin cushions! Thanks for sharing.

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  68. They are all so cute!!!! I would love an owlie if he would happen to fly this way:)

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  69. A hen party chick!!!! Since I needlefelt, I may have to try one of the felted pincushions or design my own. How about a pumpkin pincushion?

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  70. Oh, my! Every one of your pin cushions is just adorable!!!

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  71. These are all great! Thanks for adding a link to the tutorials. I can't wait to try a couple. I would love any of these!

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  72. Tell you hubby that there is no such thing as too many pin cushions! LOL!
    Love your little woolies. I have drooled over felting for a very long time. Looks like I should just take the plunge. Too much fun is to be had!

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  73. Hi! Great pincushions, I am jealous you have so many and thankful you would like to share! If I was so lucky to win, I would have to choose between the heart and the owlie!
    Thanks again! Take care, Leslie

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  74. What a gorgeous pin cushion collection. I love the wrist floral one and the owl best of all. Thank you for shareing your creations with us today. And thank you for the chance to enter your giveaway

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  75. I am already your blog follower. I follow you via Bloglovin

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  76. Hi!!! Wow!!! That is a lot of fun pinnies!!! Love them all!!!! That little owl is adorable!!! Thank You

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  77. Wow, so many nice pincushions. I just love them all.

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  78. I am already a follower and the grey owl in the bowl is my favourite.

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  79. My smile is as large as your uber adorable pincushion collection. How very clever your pincushions are. One can never have too many comfort cushions for needles and pins. This is such a fun hop. Creative Bliss...
    How could I not follow you and your creative inspirations?!!

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  80. What a wonderful collection and the new felt ball pincushions are just filled with personality! Tell your hubby that pincushions, fabric, quilts, etc. have NO set limit for quanity! More is always better. lol

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  81. I have never see the felt balls before. What an absolutely cute idea. Love the sheep and the lady bug. They make me smile.

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  82. Seems like you have a zoo full of pincushions. The little gray owl in the dish is cute. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  83. Wow, just wow Deonn. From the adorable woolies at the top down to the owl and chickens near the bottom---terrific eye candy.

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  84. I follow on sage feeds. Should I be lucky enough to win one of your creations, I pick the wrist rosette because I don't have one that does that. Slip on a finger or a thumb yes but not the wrist. LOL. Sweet of you to offer one as a giveaway.

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  85. Lovely little woolies, cute little hens, adorable owls, and all the rest- I love them. Thanks for the woolie tut, all the links and the inspiration.

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  86. I follow you via email. If I won, I would love an owlie. too cute.

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  87. I love the little owl pincushion he is just so adorable. You do have an amazing collection of pin cushions.

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  88. Oh, they are all cute! I really like the owl though. Thanks for sharing all of them! vickise at gmail dot com

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  89. These are all amazing!! I like the party chicken...So cute and so is the owl. Thank you for sharing.

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  90. These are all amazing!! I like the party chicken...So cute and so is the owl. Thank you for sharing.

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  91. Those are all so cute. Those little woolies though and the owl are my favorite. I would love the chance to win one of yours.

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  92. Hi There all adorable>my favorite is that little lamb!
    Thanks!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  93. Wow! What a menagerie! They're all very cute. What happened to the BOM Riley Blake was doing? For the first few months of 2013 I used to get an email with the video of the BOM. I don't recall getting one recently=are they still available? Thanks
    Rosemary

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  94. Love to win one of your cute pincushion.

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  95. Wow, you have been really busy and I love them all! I think the felted wool pin cushions are so darn cute, in fact, I may have to get my felting needles out and give one a try. I love your wrist flower pin cushion and it is one of the cutest. Thanks for sharing all of your creations!

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  96. All your pinnies are adorable but my faves are the little woolies. I love that lamb!

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  97. I don't think I could get rid of any of those cute pincushions, they are all adorable. I would love to have a wristlet. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  98. I adore your wonderful pincushions. The sheep is my favorite, but I love all ypur woolies! Well done.
    cheers
    maggie

    maggiemine42@gmail.com

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  99. I am a follower and love your blog.
    cheers
    maggie

    maggiemine42@gmail.com

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  100. I love your collection. The owelet is my fave, and the little woolie lady bug is awesome too.

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  101. I love all your pincushions! I have made your hen (great pattern) a few years ago but I really love your felted ball critters! I would love to participate in your giveaway.

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  102. I'm a follower, too. My favorite is the owlette. So cute.

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  103. I'm a follower of your blog! Thanks for sharing today!

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  104. All of them are sweet, but I love the little woolies! Thanks for sharing with us.

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  105. And I thought I had a lot of pincushions! You have beaten me by a landslide!! Love, love yours. Great job and thank you for sharing.

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  106. What cute, cute pincushions! I really like the little woolies and felting sounds like a lot of work! Thanks for the tutorial on felting!

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  107. I am a follower, thanks again!

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  108. Cute, cute, cute. Thanks for sharing.

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  109. I love the lil woolies. They are too sweet, but all of your little pin cushions are precious. Thank you for sharing your talents.

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  110. Wow... they can be addicting, huh? The woolies, the chicken... I don't know which one is my favorite!!!

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  111. If you asked me to pick a favorite pincushion I don't think I could. All of your pincushions are awesome!
    nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  112. gfc follower: nicolesender
    nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  113. Owow!! You have more pincushions than I! :D Love the woolies, such a cuties!! Then I saw that little rose, it's the cutest!!

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  114. These pincushions are terrific! Love the felted balls. What did you use for the base on the felted critters? Thanks for sharing.

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  115. these are sew cute i looove shawn the sheep but i'm partial to owls too:)

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  116. I think I'll make one of those owls today! Thanks!

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  117. I am a new email follower. I love the little woolie ball pinnies.

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  118. You can never have too many pinnies! Thanks for sharing and thanks for the giveaway!

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  119. Love all your pin cushions! Love the Lil' Woolies! Thanks for the chance to win!

    wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  120. I follow you by e-mail. Thanks for the chance to win!

    wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  121. Great collection of pincushions! They are all beautiful, but I have to say my favorites are the Lil' Woolies. The black bird is my favorite of the woolies.

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  122. I love all your pincushions, especially the owlet.
    smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

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  123. I am a follower and I love the little owlet. I guess I am an owl freak lol.
    smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

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  124. Those wool pinnies are just adorable. I kept trying to pick a fav from your photo but it was too hard! And that's quite a collection. After seeing so many great pinnie collections I'm determined to start one myself. :)

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  125. Such cute little pin cushions, all of them. I agree, you can't have too many!

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  126. Really a nice colllection that you have..I love the little Woolies and the wrist pincushion especially, but they are all very nice.

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  127. Love all your pincushions! I think I like the felted ones the best, especially the angry bird and sheep :)

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  128. Hello Deonn, All yoru pincushions are soooooooooooooooooooooo very very cute. love the Sheep one the best.. I enjoy your tutorial on felting.. Those wee balls can create many things. Thanks for visiting my blog.. Much appreciated. Hugs Judy

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