Thursday, 25 June 2015

Top of the populars

What is your most popular blog post?  Is there one which always gets the most visits?  There is one post that I wrote only just a few months after I started blogging that has been top of the bill ever since I wrote it.  It went straight to number one and has remained there!

It is the post about a pincushion which I am about to share with you.  I really have no idea why it is so popular, but popular it is!

I hope that you enjoy it and perhaps you can tell me why it is so liked!  You can find the original post here.

Issue thirty of Mollie Makes included a Pretty Rose Cross Stitch kit.

 
Very enjoyable to sew and good instructions in the magazine, including a tutorial on cross stitch and very easy to follow diagram for the pattern.  I have not cross stitched in years (decades), but I really enjoyed this, and perhaps I will feel more inclined towards cross stitch in the future.


The idea was that you framed it in a small embroidery hoop to make a little picture.  I don't have one of those and not really anywhere to hang it up once it was done.  So, I decided to make it into something else.

There was lots of embroidery floss left over.


There was a small piece of lace included and a small piece of red and white spotted ribbon to add down the side of the cross stitch.  I liked the lace, but not the ribbon, so I added a small band of "half cross stitch" to hold on the lace.


Then I started to turn the piece into something else - can you guess what it will be?


First I added a border of red stitching to hold on the felt backing to give the impression of blanket stitch.


Followed by a row of green running stitch to add a little more colour and to reinforce the edge stitching.

 


Then came the stuffing - bet you know what it is now!


Then finally all sewed up.


Edges of the felt neatly cut with pinking shears.


Voila, one pin cushion.

To add to my mouse pin cushion.


And my flower basket pin cushion.


Not sure if I need three pin cushions, so I will keep the new one as a gift for someone.


The pin cushion was given away as a gift, and I can confirm that it is often in use!

Amy

31 comments:

  1. Mine is a Noro jumper I made and posted on Ravelry.It still gets so many hits. I love your mouse pincushion the best. I have a favourite pin cushion too a hexi patchwork one

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  2. It's a very pretty pin cushion - perhaps that's why it's so popular! My most-visited posts are my sock pattern and now the step-by-step tutorials - no surprise there! :-) xx

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  3. I remember that blog post. Those colours are so beautiful together. My most popular blog post is - of course - one of my fabric stash giveaways for Lizzie House's out-of-print Red Letter Day. Who doesn't love free stuff? I don't really get many hits on my posts, but I always love and appreciate the comments from my lovely regulars like yourself x.

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  4. I went to investigate what my most popular post is and it's my tutorial for making wee round oven gloves. Nearly 2000 views in the 3 years since I wrote it! Wow!

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  5. It is very pretty I have the kit from Mollie Makes too only mine only part done, along side a lot of other WIP's my most popular post is The Ta-Dah post for my wintertime wreath
    Clare xx

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  6. I looked at my stats and the most popular was Saying Goodbye to Kara, one of the saddest post I have written

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  7. Brilliant pin cushions, you can never have too many. You have me wondering about my most popular post now, I'm not sure if I know how to find out. I shall investigate... Ooh, I've discovered a whole new thing in Blogger. A mixture of things came up, there doesn't seem to be any particular logic to it though. CJ xx

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  8. Mine is a moth one, which always makes me smile!

    Love the pincushion. The mouse one is lovely too :o) xx

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  9. Darn! I didn't get that Mollie Makes. But I can see why this post would be so well liked. First off, it features a kit from Mollie Makes which you worked up beautifully and then turned into something completely different than what was intended. Very creative. And then the cute little flower and mouse pincushions are equally adorable. :) Very nice!

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  10. I love cross stitch, although - like you - I haven't done any in ages. It's such absorbing, relaxing work and your post's made me want to start another little project!
    S x

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  11. I really enjoy cross stitch and have quite a few dotted around the cottage. I did stop for a while as I had no more wall space but seeing your pin cushion has given me a great idea for a friend for Christmas. Oops sorry did I say the C word :-)

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  12. I have that kit to stitch. Lovely idea turning it into a pincushion. Joan at www.aviewtothefells.com

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  13. I am not sure which of my blog posts got the most views. I adore you little pin cushions, they are so cute.

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  14. My most popular post was one I wrote near the beginning of my blogging journey. It was about the chocolate Kinder Surprise eggs, and the fact that the US won't allow them into the country. If you try taking one down when you cross the border from Canada to the US they confiscate it, which is, of course, ridiculous. I actually removed the blog post a couple years ago because it attracted so much attention, and most of that attention was not from the blogging community. It made me feel uneasy.

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  15. I remember this post, such a pretty pin cushion. I've no idea how to find out what my most popular post is.

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  16. I can see why it got so many visits, nice post, good pictures and I love pin cushions!

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  17. I love what you changed the cross stitch project into, it will be a cute gift. I have 2 posts that gets hits constantly. One is the crochet covering for coat hangers and the other is the pattern for braided coat hangers. Both are always at the top of the list for most visited.

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  18. Very pretty pin cushions - all three of them. My most popular post is one I did years ago about making a simple tablerunner. No one leaves comments on it, but it's clicked on the most. I think there are a lot of people looking for sewing/craft ideas. Unfortunately there are sites that just scoop the information and use it as their own.

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  19. precious! I have a soft spot for pincushions too.....

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  20. At a slight tangent to your question ....... I have found over the years that if I do a lovingly crafted post (!) and throw in an extra unrelated photo, that's what most of the comments will be about!
    I love your pincushions - I found a photo of one of my hexie pincushions on Pinterest the other day!

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  21. Hey Amy,
    I wouldn't know hoe to find out my most popular post, but I'm guessing that it's the one entitled Porthmeor Beach. I guess it just comes up on a lot of internet searches. They must be rather disappointed when they open the link ;))
    Leanne xx

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  22. What sweet pin cushions! I've not looked at my top most popular post in a while. It may surprise me too.

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  23. Awww!! So cute and I love that it became something else. I have no idea how to find out which one might be my most popular hehe!! Maybe I don't take this blogging lark seriously enough ha! X

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  24. I remember that post too. You made such a pretty pincushion with wonderful photos and a tutorial. I have only been blogging a short while but my most popular post was about a purse I made and embroidered with some simple embroidery stitches! Barbara xx

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  25. It's a no-brainer for me! It's just so darn cute! Love the colors.

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  26. Look beautiful Amy!!
    Im not sure what post is more popular I never seen!!
    hugs!!

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  27. Oh, I think it is so popular because it is such a great post! Lovely pincushion and so perfectly described and photographed!
    My most popular post...it is one that I did of the Monastery that is right here in Rockdale County where I live...it surprises me how many look at it It is on the side of my blog if you look, it shows it is the most viewed. xx (It must be my husband's photos.)

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  28. I guess I've never thought about it or paid attention to it. Now you have me intrigued and I'll need to look that up. ;)

    This post is so sweet and I love the color to all the photos. That could be a big part of why it's so popular too.
    Hope all is well. Thinking of you and continued prayers that issues are resolving. xoxo

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  29. I have always found it surprising to see which are the most popular posts. I show them down the side and there doesn't appear to be many changes over time to which of them are the most popular! Sarah x

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  30. Such a pretty little pincushion Amy
    Caz xx

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  31. Hi Amy, I can see why this is a popular post on your blog, lots of pretty colours and clear photo's, also a very cute result! My most popular post is probably one I wrote last year when I went to see the Kelpies, which are huge roadside sculptures set in a wild life park between Glasgow and Efinburgh. I don't know why it is popular, but it gets a lot of hits X

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