Thursday, March 5, 2009

My Trip to Joann's

Being at loose ends the other day, I decided to take a step closer to putting together the needlebook I have been promising myself I would try to make. So I took myself off to Joann Fabrics to see what I could find that would get me nearer to this goal. I found two different fabrics to use for the inside of the needlebook, and I'm in a quandary about which to use.

On first glance the darker fabric looks far more interesting than the light one (the purple color is the felt that would hold the needles). But the lighter fabric picks up one of the greens in the peacock and flower, and I am wondering if the white felt I'd use with it would show the needles better. Then again, maybe it's too boring. What do you think?


Here's the rest of my haul from Joann's: the linen is so I can try Vonna's baste and bake method for coloring fabric. I bought some fray check so I could put cording around an ornament and try to hide where the cord begins and ends. Now of course I have to make the ornament! You all are so enabling. Everything I see I want to be able to do. I hope that as I slowly pick up the tricks of the trade I'll increase my output of finished pieces. Thanks for all the inspiration!




11 comments:

Vonna said...

Personally Michele, I like the first grouping better :) But that's just me...

You'll get your finishing techniques down....I have faith in you!

Kim B said...

I love the purple felt! You make me want to go shopping!

I think either pairing will be beautiful, but I'm partial to the first myself.

Marjean said...

I think I like the darker fabric in the first picture better. Just my opinion, I would go with that. It will look great no matter which one you choose.

linenstitcher2 said...

I think the reason that you're torn between the two options is because they're both great! I prefer the first group, too, but I tend to like striking colors over softer ones.

That said, I don't think you could go wrong either way. It's just a matter of personal preference, so choose the one you like best.

Lee said...

I like the way that the first group makes the colors pop, but the second pairing is more feminine to me. So I suppose it depends on what you're going for!

I tried Vonna's bake and baste method and it was a great success. I think you'll be happy when you give it a try, also.

Jennifer said...

I was immediately drawn to the first grouping as well. Normally I like softer colors and such, but those colors look really good together and really make your design pop. Plus, for a small piece like a needlebook, I think it would be fun to choose something a little more bold.

Carol R said...

I like the first choice too! Look forward to seeing your finish!

Michele said...

I'm going to vote for the first grouping too .. can't wait to see if finished :)

have fun with your baking!

Sonda in OR said...

I'm with the other ladies...I liked the first group the best! I want to try Vonna's method soon, too. Just gotta get up the nerve to do it!

stitcherydoo said...

I really like that first pairing with the darker colors. To me, that is just striking.

Have fun with your baking. One of these days I'm going to work up the nerve to try coloring my own fabrics. For now, I'm still at the eyeing cautiously but wistfully phase.

disa said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.