I have had a few emails questioning my use of Crushed Walnut Shells and I thought I would try to explain a bit about them.
In the Blackbird Book With Needle and Thread, Blackbirds designers Barb and Alma, list Crushed Walnut shells as the filling for their Pincushions. I did a little research online and the only info I could find on them was that this was Bird litter used in the bottom of bird cages to make cleanup easier. So off I went to the pet store and found a bag of it, its called KayTee Walnut litter, made of natural walnut shells. I am not sure if this is the same brand that they used but I purchased it and found it to be wonderful, I like the way it feels in the pincushion and the weight it gives. To be sure it was the same ingredients of the Blackbirds pincushions, I called the store they had listed which I should have done in the first place. DUH!! I spoke to a really nice lady and she said yes the crushed walnut shells are indeed Bird litter. They use them for filling for all pincushions because they are natural, they give them weight and have a wonderful oil in them that helps maintain your needle life. Keeping it sharp and clean.
Since I have a large 7lb bag of this stuff, if anyone would like a sample of it to try it out, please email me your address. I will send some free of charge to the first 7 people who request some.
email me at firstname.lastname@example.org