If you’re a sewist -a sewer – or you sew things – then the chances are that you will have heard of a Bodkin. If you don’t sew things, you may still have heard of a bodkin. But … if you haven’t heard of a Bodkin, then I share the definition of ‘bodkin’, as per the Merriam-Webster Dictionary:-
Definition of bodkin1a: dagger, stilettob: a sharp slender instrument for making holes in clothc: an ornamental hairpin shaped like a stiletto2: a blunt needle with a large eye for drawing tape or ribbon through a loop or hem
It was that:- “b: a sharp slender instrument for making holes in cloth“ on which I focused while I was embroidering tiny little pieces of fabric, which I wanted to make brooches (or ‘pins’)
Read on dear reader, read on . . .
I wanted a special name for my brooches. One which said something about them, instead of just calling them ‘brooches’ or ‘pins‘. I looked around my work desk for inspiration. Needles; thimbles; threaders; embroidery threads; markers; beads; buttons…. no, nothing seemed to give me the joy I always feel, deep within my heart and within the central core of my body, when I know I’ve found the right name for something.
When suddenly … ‘Bodkin‘ came to mind.
Now I know that there is a Fairy Elf, in the Land of Fae, called Bodkin.
Bodkin is a sewer and stitcher of all things which require a needle, thread and, more importantly … his expertise. His knowledge knows no bounds. He has skills unknown to man, not just in a particular field of sewing, but in the whole worldy world of sewing ANYTHING!
It all made sense! A bodkin is a sharp slender instrument for making holes in cloth …. and a brooch has a pin which is a sharp slender instrument, which makes holes in cloth – in clothes! It makes the holes in your clothes to attach the brooch to your jumper, blouse, top, dress, coat or cardigan, – or even your tie! That was it!!! My Brooches were to be called: Bodkins!
So, now you know this …. may I introduce you to my first Bodkin Brooch ….
~ The Lords my Shepherd ~
Measuring just 2.9cm, which is just a smidgen over an inch, this little brooch has three, tiny, hand embroidered sheep, complete with white daisies and bright yellow buttercups which they’ve found to chomp on.
The pale pink ribbon you see ‘attached’ to the brooch (in the photo above) is a piece of re-cycled silk. It’s been washed and roughly cut into a ‘flag’ shape, onto which I printed the name of the brooch/pin – ‘The Lord’s my Shepherd’. The delicate ribbon isn’t a permanent fixture on the brooch, it can be taken off by simply undoing the pin on the rear of the brooch.
To pack the brooches – rather than simply put them into boxes, I wanted something a little more tactile and textile – so I chose to tissue wrap each brooch, and put them into a little drawstring top muslin bags which have the Cobwebs logo printed on them.
And that, fabulous readers, is what a Bodkin is according to Cobwebs. I think Bodkin the Fairy Elf will approve.
You might now be thinking that that is the end of this post. Ohhhh no. You still have some Monday Jokes to read!
These are the Jokes Folks!
Q: Why did the yoghurt go to the art exhibition?
A: Because it was cultured.
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Q: What breed of dog can jump higher than buildings?
A: Any dog, because buildings can’t jump.
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Q: What do you call a train carrying bubblegum?
A: A chew-chew train.
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And that’s it! You’ve managed to get through another post from me, with all your brain cells in tact!
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May you have the happiest of Mondays, and I hope your week ahead is a good one.
Don’t forget to count your blessings – you have more reasons to smile than you might imagine.
Sending heaps of squidges and lots of love ~ from me in my corner, to you in yours.