Tuesday, March 19, 2019

A Prickle of Hedgehogs

Helpful and Adorable Pincushion Pals for the Sewing Room

Products needed to complete a pincushion:
STAEDTLER Fimo in any Colour you’d like your hedgehog’s body to be. 

We used Fimo Soft #70 Sahara, #7 Caramel, Fimo Effect #206 Gemstone Colour Rose Quartz

For the pin heads I used Fimo Soft #0 white, #9 Black, #50 Apple Green
Fimo Effect #206 Gemstone Colour Rose Quartz, #306 Blue Ice Quartz, #104 Translucent Colour Yellow, #28 Metallic Colour Ruby Red

Acrylic paint in pink, black and white
6 inch square of Fun Fur in a colour of your choosing. 
We used Turquoise, brown and tan fur in different lengths and textures.
Cotton Stuffing
Three or four long floral pins for each cushion
Fabritac fabric glue
E6000 jewellery glue

Tools Used:
 Basic set of sculpting tools
Fine liner paint brush
Small stiff flat paintbrush for drybrushing
Wire cutters
Needle and thread for hand sewing in colour that matches the fur you’ve chosen

Step 1. Condition one whole 56g block of Fimo Soft for the body of your hedgehog by kneading the clay in your clean hands until it’s soft and easy to shape. Reserve two small balls of the body colour to make ears with later. Make a pointy wedge shape with a deep hollow in the thick end using the remainder of the clay.

 Step 2. Add ears to the body wedge using the two small balls of reserved clay. Condition some black Fimo soft and make a nose and eyes for your hedgehog. Bake the hedgehog on a parchment lined baking sheet in a preheated 230 degree oven for 20 minutes and allow the piece to cool.

 Step 3: With acrylic paint and the fine brush add eyelashes and eyebrows and create a light reflection in each eye. Dab the dry-brush into the pink paint and rub off most of the paint onto a paper towel. Use the dry-brush to apply a small amount of pink onto the cheeks and inner ears.

 Step 4: Cut a circle of fun fur that is twice as big as the opening on the back of your hedgehog.  Sew a running stitch around the outer edge of the fur circle and gather the edges in.  Before you’ve got the stitches pulled closed, stuff the fur with some cotton stuffing. Continue to gather the threads until the fur has formed a stuffed ball. Knot the threads. Use the Fabritac fabric glue to glue the fur ball, sewn side down, to the cup of the hedgehog’s body.

Step 5: Use the wire cutters to carefully cut the heads off the floral pins. Create some flowers with leaves and some lady bugs with the Fimo clay and insert the tops of the pins into the shapes. Bake on a parchment lined baking sheet in a preheated 230 degree oven for twenty minutes. 

Allow the flowers and ladybugs to cool before re-securing the pins with some jewellery adhesive.