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by Lesley Storts

Pincushion Workshop


In early December, I had the opportunity to teach a pincushion workshop to a group of quilters from the Central Ohio Modern Quilt Guild. I have wanted to teach a workshop for a long time.

It is important to me to have each class participant leave with a finished product. I determined that a lot of prep was necessary in order for a maker to take a completed pincushion home. One of the challenges of making a finished pincushion is the long drying time for glue. In order to accommodate that, I offered colored ceramic vessels that could be prepped prior to class. Additionally, working with a vessel that is a little larger than a traditional salt cellar is helpful when learning how to make pincushions. And as a bonus, the variety of colored ceramic dishes made matching fabrics an enjoyable process. 

Colored ceramic dishes

As participants worked through the process, I was able to help them troubleshoot a variety of issues. I enjoy teaching and was happy to have an opportunity to share tips that I have learned over the years. I am looking forward to teaching again! Thank you Central Ohio Modern Quilt Guild for inviting me to be a part of your group for the day.

Happy quilting and sewing! ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎

Author: Lesley Storts

I’ve always been a doodler and loved art from an early age. I picked up my first fabric, a pink and white checked gingham, at 9 years old and cross-stitched my name. In 1996, my mom started quilting and her inspiration motivated me to make my first quilt in 1998. I found a pattern in a book from the library, changed the colors to make a Christmas quilt and pieced it together. I even quilted and bound it! I enjoy working with all kinds of fabric mediums and threads. I enjoy sewing with my machine and doing handwork. I get inspiration from my life including people, scenery, patterns and objects around me. Follow me here and on Instagram @lesleystorts.

8 thoughts on “Pincushion Workshop

  1. hello lesley, lovely article. wish i lived near you to take a class. i bought your pattern on salt dip pincushions but have not given it a try yet. would you ever consider doing a video tutorial? i’m more of a visual learner and struggle (and often give up) with written instructions. just a thought. these colourful pincushions in the article look so sweet.


  2. Great results from all your students – always nice to go home with something you’ve made 🙂


  3. If you ever offer an online class, I would be interested. Your pincushions and pins are wonderful. I would love to learn how to make one. Thank you.


  4. I would also love the idea of an online class! I belong to 2 guilds and we have joined the “world of zoom” and have found access to some teachers and workshops that have been very fun and rewarding. LOVE your posts with your creative process and how you match fabrics with the glass and ceramic pieces. And of course the details of the buttons and beads. Thanks for sharing!


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