Of Rhubarb and Pincushions

There is no link between rhubarb and pincushions as far as I know, apart from the fact that my dear husband just made me this fancy cover for forcing the rhubarb …

Rhubarb Forcer















He reckons my puny trug is no match for rampaging rhubarb, which will apparently grow a mile a minute under this boy.  I’m delighted to report that the rhubarb forcer is a) entirely his own design and b) is entirely made from recycled materials, ie old wardrobe doors and an old pine bed.

And while he was making that, I was making this :


The pincushion is not at all my design and used only left-over materials.  I followed the really good tutorial from Hyena in Petticoats. and the cream coloured part is a scrap of curtain lining.  I think it’s a bit on the underfed side, but I shall be making more. You can never have too many pincushions, especially when you spread your crafting activities all over the house.

It’s definitely on the chilly side today, and  I confess a certain reluctance to move from here, but I’m really not a wimp so I’m off to install the rhubarb forcer.


About pinkshoesknits

Hi, Pinkshoes here. This is my first crack at blogging so here's a couple of things about me. I live with my husband in a pretty village in East Yorkshire. I love to get down and dirty on my allotment and when I clean up my act I love knitting, crochet and sewing. If you share these hobbies, maybe you'd like to check in from time to time and see if there's anything interesting round here.
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5 Responses to Of Rhubarb and Pincushions

  1. Ooohh, I love the pincushion! I had intended to make a pincushion last weekend, but got way-layed looking at new dishwashers on the internet!! 😉

    • I think there’s a rash of pincushions going round at the moment Ozzy. Very useful objects, but in a straight contest between a dishwasher or a pincushion – now let me think … 🙂

  2. Squirrel says:

    Mmmmm! I love rhubarb. Remember eating it as a kid, raw with sugar, mmmm cavities lol!
    Your pincushion is gorgeous! I totally agree, you can never have too many. You never know which room the crafting bug will crop up in. What’s the fabric it is resting on? It looks beautiful too! x

    • Squirrel the fabric is something I bought as a bargain a year or so ago (might be more). I’ve not measured it but it’s draped over a single bed very comfortably – I dug it out the bottom fo the wardrobe and just threw it over to see the size, and it looks quite pretty. One day I might even hem it … maybe even put a back on it. On the other hand … And I feel another post regarding rhubarb coming on – your comment brought back a bunch of memories.

  3. HabibiBoo says:

    Very impressed with pin cushion and rhubarb forcer in equal measures! Lovely wood for the forcer – I’d want to put a drawer in it and use it as a handy cabinet! It looks like your time was equally well spent – I reckon with a little adaptation you could sell your pincushions as wedding ring cushions, you know?
    Our own rhubarb forcing equipment consists of two old plastic dustbins with holes in the bottom. These go over the two rhubarb crowns that are in the front garden currently to stop the dogs wee-ing on them. Trouble is, every windy day they blow off down the hill (bins, not dogs, although dogs do blow off everyday in that whole other way) so I have to trolley off and get them all the time!
    BTW, I’m sure your craft room will become organised over time! 🙂

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