Building your 4" Pin Cushion Instructions.

NOTIONS:   Sandpaper (maybe) , Scissors, Strong thread or Floss, fabric marker, batting, ruler, pins, optional trim

Check your mounting ring in the pincushion base and note it should be just a little bit loose, leaving room for the linen to wrap around it and still fit back in the base snugly.  Linens vary in thickness by quite a bit, so we made it a bit larger rather than a bit smaller because you can easily reduce the size with some sandpaper if you feel the fit is too tight for your linen. ( the wood shaker pin base can change slightly with humidity and this can affect  the fit.)

Choose  your batting carefully as some is resistant to pins being pushed in when compressed. Try it out with sharp pins and be sure you can stick them in it.

Stitch the pin cushion  design  centered on a 10 x 10 piece of fabric.  Draw a circle 8” in diameter on the right side of the fabric in chalk or fabric marker,   centered around your design. (There should be a 1” margin outside of this circle to the center of the four  edges of the 10x10 fabric.)  

Baste stitch on the right side of the fabric on that circle,   leave a couple inches of thread on both ends.  I use strong crochet thread or 6 stands of floss.   

You probably now want to trim corners off of fabric about   1” outside of your basting stitches. 

Cut circles of batting   the same size as the mounting ring until they stack about 1-1/2 inches high whengently/moderately  compressed. (If the pin cushion is not somewhat  firm when finished it will be warpy around the edges).

I can’t  tell  you how many layers because there are  so many types and lofts of batting that folks already have on hand, so just know your pin base is 1 inch deep and you want a dome above that of about ½ inch. (Usually it is a bit more rather than a bit less batting.)

Lay fabric right side down on table, stack layers of batting in center of design, (an option here is to pin from design side or make a large baste stitch on  the finished side of your design into the first layer of batting behind it, (helps keep design centered) You just clip and the baste stitch out when you are all done) lay mounting ring on top of batting, gently gather fabric up over the mound , over mounting ring while pulling on ends of basting threads to cinch all together .  I specifically  go back and space the gathers to be as smooth as possible round the mounting ring edge. Check and be sure your design is still centered.

 I tie the basting threads initially into a strong bow like you do a shoe lace, just in case you need to adjust the fit. The mounting rings  gives your base a shape to insert   into the pincushion frame.  .  I specifically  go back and space the gathers to be as smooth as possible round the mounting ring edge.

Tuck the fabric ends (on the bottom of the pincushion base)  into the center of the cinch circle, or fold and flatten them on the bottom (some linens are heavy and some lightweight, so this ability to reduce the stump on the bottom varies)   so that  the bottom is somewhat flat, and then push that mound down into the pin base and confirm the fit.  If not happy with the shape, pull form out of pin cushion base and  untie shoe lace bow and add more batting or pull basting threads cinching tighter.  Once you are happy with the fit you can tie a couple square knots for permanent hold.

***Another idea: I really like to add trim (From the Cauldren)  around the pin cushion edges,  specifically the mini pom poms tuck right in and really make for a nice look. Tuck in and measure length for ¼” overlap and stitch the overlap secure, just tuck back in and sewing it down is optional.

Overdyed threads for In The Moonlight Pattern

I stitched In The Moonlight with all DMC threads. I promised to post Overdyed threads conversions, just in case you wanted to try a different look.  Okay, as you know overdyeds are not exact matches for DMC threads, (sometimes you blend two DMC threads to make a conversion to an overdyed) and as you probably are aware, two skeins of overdyed with the same color name do not necessarily look alike!!!!!EEEKKK!!!!

I've done my best, hours and hours of pouring over threads....I would recommend that you pull out your DMC's and make your best decisions on which overdyeds to use depending on your stash and the use and the contrast...I wish it were cut and dry but it just isn't.

  • DMC 301          WDW Sweet potato     2238
  • DMC 310          WDW Mascara            3910
  • DMC 646          WDW Flat fish            1239
  • DMC 869          GA Picnic                  7060
  • DMC 921          GA Burnt Orange         0550
  • DMC 927          WDW Dove                1171
  • DMC 928          GA Slate                    1010
  • DMC 948          WDW Cherub             1134    
  • DMC 975          GA Gingersnap            7034
  • DMC 3021         GA Pecan Pie              7097
  • DMC 3022        GA Mountain Mist         7045
  • DMC 3023        WDW Taupe                1196 
  • DMC 3363         GA Grape Leaf            7028
  • DMC 3781         WDW Havana              1230
  • DMC 3787         WDW Pelican Gray       1302
  • DMC 3865        Crescent Colors   Bamboo
  • DMC 3866        GA Shaker White          7025


Feburary 2015

I will busy updating these pages, so many new items and beautiful  patterns to share with you.

Designers for Lone Elm Lane Boxes:

Jeanette Douglas Designs, Lindsay Lane Designs, Cherished Stitches,Just Another Button Company, LA D Da, Old Willow Stitchery, Plum Street Samplers, Blackbird Designs, and Summer House Stitch Workes & Scissortail Designs. and Shepherds Bush.

 WOW, so exciting!!! I can't wait to show you.

We have new 4" pincushions (all the colors) and a new Crown retangular box, with sliding pin tray. Pics to follow!!! 


2015 Really????

A Very Happy New Year to all !  Just like you I am sure, I have no idea how the year rolled around so fast....but truly feel blessed to still be in the woodshop making what I love.  I want to thank you for your support this past year, I strive to exceed expectations with each and every box I send out for an order. I am delighted by reorders from previous customers, that is a great compliment that I don't take for granted. 

 I would welcome your email with comments (hopefully constructive) about my website, about my woodenwares or your ideas for woodenwares and feedback about my cross stitch designs. I really left that wide open, but I am always interested in what the cross stitcher is desiring or your tips for a better shopping experience here at Lone Elm Lane. 

Have a Blessed 2015. 


NEW Releases/ New Woodenwares

August 2014   This past several months I have spent my days designing and making the perfect Square Box for Needlework display, and Oh, I loved every minute of it.  The molding  is made by us,  fashioned after a vintage molding that really caught my eye. The box lid has a special touch with a small leaflet pattern on the corners, in the wood, highlighted by the distressing and antiquing process. Check it out in our New Products section. The color shown is Vintage Slate, look for new colors to come!

I have been so blessed to have fabulous designers (Blackbird Designs,  Scissortail Designs, Plum Street Samplers, and Shepherds Bush) creating the perfect patterns for some of the Lone Elm Lane Needlework boxes. I was finally able to get a camera with the dpi required to show the details, I know you will love them.  Their designs are available from a needlework shop. 

Thanks for your support, I celebrate one year in business this month, VERY EXCITING!

Oh Glorious Day- Pattern --Thread Update

As you probably quickly figured out, (me, not so quickly)  I failed to put the actual WEEKS DYE WORKS thread colors on the pattern that were used for stitching the design shown on the pattern cover. Instead I listed the DMC alternatives only.  Here is the WDW list of threads: 

DMC 301 = WDW  Cognac          DMC 553 = WDW  Iris                   DMC 646 = WDW Seagull

DMC 648 = WDW Tin Roof         DMC 729 = WDW Gold                 DMC 869 = WDW Havana

DMC 926 = WDW Cadet            DMC  951 = WDW Babys Breath    DMC 3011 = WDW Oscar

DMC 3371 = WDW Molasses      DMC 3809 = WDW Peacock        DMC 3822 = WDW Goldenrod

DMC 3865 = WDW  Grits           DMC 3781 = WDW Grape Vine      And....

Also, I see a shift on the graph of three, horizontal, outline stitches on the horse in the front hoofs. Outline the hoof with a small box. The left and right edges of the graph does not show back stitches so continue the outline of the horse in the backs tail on the right margin of the graph, and make the letter "r" on "rings" on the left margin of the graph.

Thank you so much for your patience with these corrections, and thank you for stitching my designs.