Friday, March 27, 2009

My First Needlebook

For better or worse, here's my maiden journey into the world of making needlebooks. I used this tutorial, and got a lot of help from Jean (thank you, Jean!) when I was having trouble figuring out how to attach the felt. She also gave me some nice ideas about attaching edging to it - I didn't have anything to use on hand so that step is still ahead of me. I wonder if I could navigate the mysteries of making twisted cord. Gotta hide those lumpy edges! Meanwhile, it's certainly nice to have a place to keep my needles. This was really fun to put together and I'll definitely try it again.


Mystery Sampler (Scotland)
The Gift of Stitching July 2008
Cashel linen, DMC floss

11 comments:

Meari said...

Nice job!

Kim B said...

It's beautiful Michele! I'm so impressed! You are BRAVE! I would love to know more about attaching the edging. How do you put twisted cord around the outside of a needlebook???

linenstitcher2 said...

Hooray for you, Michele! Sometimes we just have to jump in and see how it goes. Kudos to you for being brave enough to try.

And look at how well it turned out!! I've only made one needlebook so far, and it still makes me proud to look at it (and yes, I do use it). Hope you enjoy using and admiring your wonderful little needlebook as well.

Marjean said...

Looks like it turned out very nice. I am glad you went with that fabric. I hope you are too.

Jean said...

I'm very proud of you!! It looks great! How did you end up attaching the felt? Does it show on the back with the dark fabric? It probably isn't anywhere as bad as you thought.

I agree with Kim B saying you are brave. We work so hard on our stitching, it takes a leap of faith to cut the fabric and go into uncharted waters. Once you finish, you say "that wasn't so bad!" Or I love that!!! I have had that experience lately making my Good morning piece and earlier making a cube. Now I just love making them and it isn't as daunting.

I hope your needlebook brings you much joy and a sense of pride.

Teri said...

Very cool!

Kathy said...

Very nice job. You will get better as you make them more often. At least you are learning to do finishes. I would rather stitch and let someone else do the finishing.

Sally said...

Your needlebook turned out beautifully Michele:)

Michele said...

I think you did an awesome job on your first needlebook!! I haven't made one yet .. maybe someday!

happy dancing with you!!

Stitches 'N' Stones said...

Great job!! If you can do this, you can definitely do twisted cord!! I do mine in a quick cheater method that looks great, I'd be happy to share sometime.

Sonda in OR said...

It looks great!!! Fabulous job on the whole thing!