I have looked and looked and cannot find any decent pins or tacks for my inspiration boards. It is a real gap in the market. I was beginning to think maybe it was me, not the global market for ugly thumbtacks, when I found a couple of tutorials on how to cover them in fabric.
This felt a bit Christo-esque and weird, but I think they look pretty good.
A quick trip to to buy self covering button at Lincraft later, here they are:
I am particularly pleased that I managed to get the babushka face on to one of them,
The original idea came from here
An Australian adaptation is here. I think on reflection I really need to make buttons bigger so the tack head fits inside. Maybe next time.
I do wonder to what ends one would go to cover up ugliness in pretty fabric? I may have reached my personal limit here.
And the day after a Federal election in Australia where we probably have a hung Parliament and potentially months of political uncertainty, I think these little pointy tacks, enticing on one side and prickly on the other, are very apt for the times.