stitch therapy sunday – LuvKt pincushion giveaway!
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stitch therapy sunday – LuvKt pincushion giveaway!

 

Hand stitching = my therapy. Its calmness, connection and all kinds of contentment wrapped into a single activity. Because I love it so – and don’t feel like I talk about it enough – I’m designating Sundays as Stitch Therapy Sunday (STS). Starting today. 🙂

And to make it an extra special STS, we have a giveaway from one of my favorite ceramic artists – Katie Swartz of LuvKt. I first discovered her when I was browsing etsy for plant pots. (She makes super adorable ones. You can find her current selection here.) I was excited when she posted some of the most adorable pincushions I’ve ever seen. Bought one straight away. (I have a thing for pin cushions. One day I’ll have to show you my collection of them.)

It’s small which I appreciate. I can put it in my project bags or my hand stitching container without it taking up a lot of room. This is the description from one of her etsy listings:


This little foxy cat will keep your needles and pins organized for you.

I made the cup part of the pin cushion with porcelain. Once I pinched the form to my liking, I added the features with more clay. I then took lots if care to shape and mold them. Then I used a variety of sponges to smooth and refine the surface.

Once dry, I painted the cylinder with underglazes. I fired it once and then dipped it in clear glaze. I fired it again.

I made the cushion inside the cup with wool that I felted with needles. It is removable.

This pin cushion is a little over 1 1/4” tall at the rim, is 1 1/2″ tall at the ears, is 2 3/8″ wide, and is 2 5/8″ deep.


And you know what’s even cooler about LuvKt? She’s giving away one of her lovely pincushions to one of YOU! Isn’t that awesome??

Here’s how to enter the giveaway: leave a comment about something you are grateful for on this blog post (only on this post please, not on social media too. I can’t keep track when the comments are free range all over the place) by midnight Wednesday August 26.

I’ll announce the winner on Thursday and LuvKt will send the pin cushion shown below directly to you!   Get commenting, I’m excited to see who wins! And many many thanks to LuvKt for sharing her incredible artwork with us!

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** All photos and text from LuvKt used with permission.

 

40 Comments
  • Lynn Harris
    Posted at 19:09h, 23 August Reply

    I am grateful that my grandkids live close enough for me to visit often and that they are careful about going places and can be in my pandemic bubble.

  • Kat Campau
    Posted at 19:13h, 23 August Reply

    It sure is an adorable pincushion. And my namesake!

  • Alison Maczka
    Posted at 19:20h, 23 August Reply

    I am really grateful for a lot of things once I started thinking about it which is a good thing. I should stop and think about it more often especially in these times. I will go with I am truly grateful for the people who have proven themselves to be true friends in these trying times.

  • Susan Dunne-Lederhaas
    Posted at 19:29h, 23 August Reply

    I am most grateful to be surrounded by “Piglets” who are sitting next to me on a log to help me get through some very difficult days
    ahead..”Piglet” sat by Pooh Bear’s side often to bring calm to his friend..I am having Heart Surgery in the next 2-3 weeks, a biggie for sure, but am surrounded with love…

    • Lynn Krawczyk
      Posted at 19:47h, 23 August Reply

      I am sending you lots and lots of love and I hope your surgery is successful and you heal quickly.

  • Jennifer Elliott
    Posted at 19:35h, 23 August Reply

    Love! I’m obsessed with slow stitching during the pandemic. Only thing keeping me relatively sane.

  • Jan Canyon
    Posted at 20:04h, 23 August Reply

    That Pin cushion is adorable! It looks like one my cats can’t carry off. I have a little collection of them too but can’t put pins in them due to said cats packing them off! I am stuck using an ancient pink tomato cushion. I am grateful for a well stocked studio which has kept me content during this pandemic isolation. Thanks Lynn, I enjoy your work!

  • Laura Brandon
    Posted at 20:15h, 23 August Reply

    I am most grateful to be healthy during these trying times. I’m also grateful that my grandma taught me to stitch as that is what is keeping me sane during this covid junk. Thank you Lynn.

  • Mary Nordeng
    Posted at 20:54h, 23 August Reply

    I am grateful for my best friend. She inspires me to do more and keeps me sane.

  • Lynne Wardrop
    Posted at 21:49h, 23 August Reply

    I am grateful that my company is having us WFH during these trying times. Makes it so much easier to grab a sewing project at break time.

  • Jeannie Evans-Van Hoff
    Posted at 22:28h, 23 August Reply

    That is so adorable. I am so grateful for my network of virtual friends (I wrote viral and thought, no, that’s not right. LOL!). My friends keep me sane, offer excellent advice, always have my back, and only “judge” when it is asked for. I love my peeps. Now I’m going to go to LuvKt for some retail therapy.

  • Janice Novachcoff
    Posted at 22:31h, 23 August Reply

    I’m grateful for my hair dresser who is coming in on his day off to cut my hair so that my photo for my drivers license won’t have terrible hair. I had an appt for October but got a priority one since my license expires before the end of September,.hence the emergency

  • Michelle Banton
    Posted at 22:32h, 23 August Reply

    That pin cushion is sooooo adorable and I would promise to give it a good home. I am grateful for so much every day. Today, I’m grateful for being able to keep in touch with people via Zoom. It’s not the same as real life, but is certainly better that nothing.

  • Jill Schlageter
    Posted at 22:50h, 23 August Reply

    I’m grateful for my family and friends. They keep me sane during the trying times we are experiencing.
    And I’m so grateful the I have a hobby that I’m passionate about; quilting!

  • Marya Amig
    Posted at 23:21h, 23 August Reply

    I am grateful for family. Family that loves us despite our faults, and we love them back equally.

  • Jenny Gallo
    Posted at 12:19h, 24 August Reply

    I am grateful for the sunny attitude of your posts and for the practical textile art tips advice and inspiration you share! Thank you!

  • Lynn H Woll
    Posted at 12:43h, 24 August Reply

    I am grateful for another day with the sun rising, birds chirping and a bit of normalcy.

  • millie carpenter
    Posted at 12:44h, 24 August Reply

    I am grateful for my adult son who shops for us. I miss my sewing friends in person. the pincushion is so adorable that my real cats would be jealous of the attention I would give it.

  • Beth Schnellenberger
    Posted at 12:46h, 24 August Reply

    There are SO many things for which I’m thankful. It is hard to pick just one. If I have to, though, I’m thankful for loving family and friends. It has been a rough couple of years, but the support of family and friends has made it a bit easier.

  • Sharon Morton
    Posted at 12:49h, 24 August Reply

    I am grateful for the good health of my family!

  • Carol LaBorie
    Posted at 13:21h, 24 August Reply

    I was sad to close my art studio space because of the pandemic, but I am very grateful and happy to now have everything right here at home in my sewing room/studio, office/studio, and dining room/studio. I can make it work! 3 rooms for creative ventures!

  • Jolyn Barrow
    Posted at 13:35h, 24 August Reply

    I am grateful each and every day, not just today, for the opportunity to choose happiness.

  • Thea Belecz
    Posted at 13:58h, 24 August Reply

    I am grateful for my daughter who was born and raised in this small mountain town where I live. She traveled the world and then settled in a city only 100 miles from us. She has a job where she can work from home (in fact, her office has decided to stay that way!), and she is “safe” in her daily life. She adopted my granddog, Lucy, during the shutdown and we love having them as guests in our camper. Seeing my daughter, my granddog, and my daughter’s boyfriend lend me courage to remain steadfast through these challenging times – and perhaps even lend a hand to someone else.

  • Holly Krach
    Posted at 15:42h, 24 August Reply

    I am grateful for my hands, that they can execute on cloth what I think or imagine is truly miraculous. Sunday Stitching is a good way to celebrate such an endeavor.

  • Chardel Blaine
    Posted at 17:26h, 24 August Reply

    I am grateful for another day – another chance to try to do better.

  • Chardel Blaine
    Posted at 17:31h, 24 August Reply

    I am grateful for my bright, creative family. They keep me on my toes.

  • Rita Montgomery
    Posted at 17:34h, 24 August Reply

    I’m grateful for my family and for a loving Heavenly Father who’s Spirit is with me always to guide and comfort me during these unsettling times.

  • Lynn Kunz
    Posted at 18:18h, 24 August Reply

    I am thankful for where I live – the northwestern woods of Wisconsin. The beauty I see every day is awesome. The animals that wander around and through our property are special friends and neighbors. I am now lamenting the leaving of the hummingbirds; it is time for them to move south for the winter.

  • Sue McVicker
    Posted at 18:23h, 24 August Reply

    Though I love my family and friends nearby dearly, I find I am most grateful these days for the internet. Gratitude is bountiful with all the creativity, sharing, emotional support, virtual hugs, and all-around community. I am one to enjoy my independence at times and can be alone with myself and thoughts but I do enjoy others so much more. Solace to be found in my hobbies. Grateful for people like you, Lynn, sharing your wonderful creativity and knowledge and introducing us to others as well. The internet has truly broadened our communities!

  • Ali Bird
    Posted at 20:04h, 24 August Reply

    Grateful for family and fur babies! Thankful for the strength to get through this weird time and circumstances! Hopeful for vaccines and research to h3lp us out of this pit of pandemic!

  • Carole Hoffman
    Posted at 22:03h, 24 August Reply

    I’m grateful when my daughter finds peace in her life, which helps me find peace in mine.

  • Shari Adkisson
    Posted at 22:28h, 24 August Reply

    Luv it!

  • Carol
    Posted at 01:09h, 25 August Reply

    I am grateful that my Covid test came back negative. I am grateful that I have my Tuesday breakfast group to go to.

    I’m grateful for my sister who is calling me for over a week every day to see how I was doing because she lives in New York and I’m here in Michigan.

  • Connie Akers
    Posted at 01:36h, 25 August Reply

    I am grateful for family & friends who enrich my life.

  • Jenny Williams
    Posted at 12:22h, 25 August Reply

    I am grateful that my 90 yr old mother made it through having COVID and is back at her nursing home. I am grateful that my son, who is an Academic Dean in a private school and who just tested positive for COVID is healthy enough to get through his quarantine and come out the other end safe and healthy. I am grateful that my daughter, who just fell and suffered multiple fractures to her knee, has a loving and supportive spouse who is taking extremely good care of her as she awaits her surgery with an orthopedic trauma surgeon.
    Life continues to be good.

  • Susan E Stitch
    Posted at 13:23h, 25 August Reply

    So many things to be grateful for! First of all, I’m grateful that the two hurricanes in the gulf have missed my daughters (one in Panama City and one in Cancun), but I’m praying for the folks who might be hit. I’m grateful for the beautiful inspiration provided by nature and so many great blogs like this one — I will never run out of ideas! And I’m grateful to be able to find rest from this stressful world in slow stitching. No pattern, no pressure, just pretty stitches with beautiful threads!

  • Kathryn
    Posted at 16:23h, 25 August Reply

    I am grateful my dear Mother taught me how to sew when I was quite young.

  • Krista Lopez
    Posted at 19:45h, 25 August Reply

    I am thankful that we have an online community of creative people! They keep the “crazy” at bay; during the virus situation and the smoke filled air in Nor Cal.

  • Ellen Robinson
    Posted at 23:04h, 27 August Reply

    I missed commenting in time, but I have bookmarked the shop. I’m grateful for a hobby that keeps me occupied for hours (and now months) on end. 🙂
    Cheers!

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