Handmade Embroidered Pincushion - Little Lambs Eat Ivy
The size of this little pincushion is 6.5" long x 2" wide and 1.5" in depth
Do you ever wonder what Minnesotans do on those long frigid winter nights? I can speak only for myself - but I spend hours most evenings with my feet up, a light over my shoulder, doing handwork. This small but adorable pincushion is the result of 5 or 6 evenings doing embroidery until my fingers ache. But I think the results were worth my efforts, I hope you will agree.
This pincushion began as two pieces of fabric, both lined with a layer of poly batting - a rose and ivory striped decorator fabric, and an ivory toile print, with pink design on the ivory fabric. You will have to look very closely to see the pink print, because I over embroidered it - I have a tendency to over do things. This was a very simple scene - a ewe, a lamb, some grass at their feet and an overhanging branch with leaves. With hours of hand work, I added two styles of pastel flowering shrubs on the left side and a wonderful tree on the right side with a multitude of leaves in shades of blue. Finally the ewe and her lamb - the black embroidery floss shows the shape of their faces, ears and legs. Their bodies are made up with dozens and dozens of ivory colored french knots. The entire pincushion was hand embroidered in pastel shades of green and blue, with the "flowers" on the shrubs in rose - to match the back of the pincushion. The entire time I worked on this pincushion, a novelty song composed in 1943 was on a loop inside my head. For the record, 1943 was long before I was born. The name of the song is "Mairzy Doats", but if I type the words phonetically, it says "Mares eat oats and Does eat oats and Little Lambs eat ivy.... a kid'll eat ivy too, wouldn't you". So there was no other name I could give it! Machine stitched on three sides, firmly stuffed with poly fiberfill, then the fourth side hand stitched.
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After using Paypal for years, I finally offer Direct Checkout through Etsy. I may accept personal checks or money orders on an INDIVIDUAL basis, so please make the request and I will consider your request, and if I agree to it, I will temporarily make that an option. I simply request your patience, it may take up to 5 days before they clear my bank.
I want to remind residents of the state of Minnesota, we have a 6.875% sales tax. It will be added when you pay with paypal. If you choose to pay by check or money order, please convo me and I will figure your tax. When you think about it, 6.875% is not such a bad deal. considering we enjoy warm tropical breezes all year here in Minnesota.
Returns & exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
Custom or personalized orders
Perishable products (like food or flowers)
Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Conditions of return
Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.
Additional return information
If on receipt you feel an item doesn't live up to the description, please convo me and we will work it out. So far every experience I have had purchasing on Etsy has been wonderful. I want you to feel the same way! If there is a problem, contact me immediately - As long as I have been notified ahead of time and it is within 90 days of purchase, I will give a refund when the item has been returned in the same condition it was received. Return postage is the customer's responsibility.
Many of my painted items have the date they were painted on the bottom. So you might see things painted as long ago as 2001. Please don’t worry, these are brand new, unused items that have been in storage just waiting for their debut! All item have been stored in my non-smoking, pet-free home.