Michelle, our teacher, had this sample pincushion and we were to just have fun trying out different effects with stitches and embellishments such as adding texture with ric rac, beads and novelty yarns. It was a lot of fun and everyone had very different work.
I finished mine off at home this afternoon. I had fun playing with embroidery stitches. Boy, did I get things in a lovely mess. The little booklet on the table is one Mum gave me when I was about 10 years old and is a great little resource. (And yes, that is Mum's quilt under all that stuff.)
This is my finished work. The bobbly green up the middle of the orange leaf and the fringe around the bottom one are the separated plys of a novelty yarn from spotlight. There is knitting wool, chenille yarn and the main embroidery is with lovely wool/acrylic threads. Anni sells them on bobbins rather than the large spools they normally come on, which is terrific when you are only dabbling. The pink flower is a felted button. Some ladies also cut felt balls in half and used them as flower centres.
I just have to sew the back on and fill it to have a nice new pincushion.
Great fun. Something a bit different to what I usually do.