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A Closer Look: Pincushion Tower

Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog

We’re launching a new series on Eileen’s Machine Embroidery blog, called A Closer Look.  As the name suggests, it will show an up close view of embroidery machines, notions, tools and anything else you might find in a sewing, embroidery or craft studio – plus some unexpected surprises!  A Closer Look will take you on a journey like no other!

I hope to make you smile and to encourage you to see your studio as a haven for creativity and fun!

– Denise Holguin


Joe enjoys the view from the park bench at Pincushion Tower.

He finds inspiration all around him – especially among the pretty, shiny pins.

He pins his hope on traveling the world visiting other pincushions.


Have you made a 3-tiered pincushion? Check out Katherine Artines’ book, Posh Pincushions, In the Hoop Floral Pincushions for inspiration and designs. Plus, Joe would love to visit!

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  • Carol Seavitt

    So adorable. But where can we buy Joe and his park bench 🙂

  • Shirl R

    That triple-tiered yellow, black and white pincushion would make anyone want to buy the book! Simply gorgeous!!! I would love to know where to buy what appears to be the small black and white polka dot ribbon which adorns the petal edges – I love polka dots, black and white especially!

  • Maga

    Such a beautiful pin cushion really needs some very pretty pins for Joe to look at. Would need to find some before taking on a project like this. Any ideas where to find pretty/interesting pins?

    • eileenroche

      The instructions on how to make the pins are in the Posh Pincushions book. Very easy!

  • Nancy Weber

    I have not made tiered pincushions, but I do have a weakness for pincushions. This one is very cute. Hugs.

  • Carolyn

    I haven’t made any pincushions yet, but I should give them a try. The CD is worth the price of the book. I just can’t decide which one I like best.

  • mOm

    I can’t wait to read “The Closer Look” articles you will have coming our way!! Inspiration for sewing and creating. Love it!! Great start with such a lovely, creative book on pincushions!!

  • Mary Haggenmaker

    This is exciting. Looking forward to many closer looks.

  • Joanne Banko

    Thanks for starting this series Denise. I can’t wait to see where tiny Joe goes!!!Personally, I prefer stitching flowers indoors to digging outdoors. Katherine’s Posh Pincushion book provides a fun way to “grow flowers” and make great pincushions in the sewing room! Eileen’s instructions for making pretty pins on page nine makes each pincushion fit for a queen. I am making my own version of the Not Just For the Garden Shoe and attaching an emery filled strawberry to the heel for sharpening pins.

  • Susie Mackenberg

    Thanks so much for reminding me about Posh Pincushions! I bought the book, and placed it in my bookcase after drooling over the pictures! Now, I have dusted it off and am inspired to make the adorable 3 tiered pincushion. (I made the sweet ladybug in the Stitching Sister’s class several years ago!)

  • Crafts

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  • Barb Miller

    It must be the colors, but yellow and black have been my fasination for a while. I have made a quilt, placemats and even a banner. I jus love these colors. Very classy!

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