Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Finally Finished This Needlebook

This project is finally finished. This small needlebook is about an inch thick. It has pages for Embroidery, Chenille, Beading, Milliners, Quilting, Sharps and Specialty needles. There's a page for Pins, too.

The Tools page has a small pocket to hold packages of needles or a small marking pen or seam ripper. The Scissors page has a pocket to hold a small pair of embroidery scissors.

The cover ties closed around a Czech glass butterfly bead on the back.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Not Finished Yet But Making Progress on This Needlebook

I still have more embroidery and beading to do on this before I try to figure out how to sew it together. I embroidered the pages with names of needles on opposite sides of one piece of felt. That has caused my current dilemma.

If I sew the back of one side together with the back of another side like I originally intended to do, then the pages kind of buckle when you open it up.

I may cut a narrow piece of felt about an inch wide and the height of the needlebook. It may be possible to sew the pages to it and then sew that inside of the cover. Then I still have to figure out how to sew the cover on.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Working on Another New Needlebook

Not really sure how this will be completed because, once again, I began working with no thought as to how this would be finished.

I embroidered ten pages: Embroidery, Chenille, Beading, Milliners, Quilting, Sharps, Specialty, Pins, Tools and Scissors. Both the Tools and Scissors pages have pockets appliqued to the page with the three-bead picot edge to hold some tools and a small pair of embroidery scissors.

The damask fabric used for part of the cover was cut with a rotary cutter with a scalloped edge. The fabric is raw and is unraveling as I expected it would.

When I finish the silk ribbon embroidery on the cover, then I'll try to sew the pages in as signatures. I still have to figure out how to sew the pages together to cover the backside of the embroidery. Because they'll be doubled, it will make a heavy surface to store needles and pins, too, but the cover will stay soft.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Finished the First Pincushion Sample and Now Working on a Pattern

I'm not particularly happy with how I sewed this together, but it was begun with a scrap of felt and some new thread and really no thought about anything else.  I just wanted to try out some new Valdani thread and ended up with a finished project because I hate to waste anything.

The "Pins" part of the design was centered on the fabric to begin with.  When the embroidery was finished, the whole thing ended up being off-center in the back because all of that stitching was above the text.  I sewed it together in the back with a feather stitch.  There's a small vine embroidered underneath the feather stitching with silk ribbon flowers, too.

I sewed the sides together with small Czech glass flowers and Japanese seed beads.  Not really crazy about that either.  I would have liked the sides to be cleaner, but it's hard to stitch and turn a seam in felt and not mess up the silk ribbon embroidery.

I'm working on a new pattern now that will include both the rectangular pincushion and a round one.  Still working out the kinks in it.

In the rose-colored round sample, I'm using Robyn Alexander's hand dyed wool felt with matching silk ribbons and silk threads.  It's embellished with Czech pressed glass flowers and leaves and size 15 Japanese seed beads, too.

I plan on sewing this one together with the three-bead picot edge that I learned from Nancy Eha many years ago.  I used this same finish in my Here's My Heart Scissors Sheath.  I'll have to add some of those beads to the embroidery for some continuity to the look.

Here's where some more planning would have helped.  You would have thought that I learned my lesson with the purple pincushion.  The three-bead edge needs to be worked with round seed beads (usually Czech), not the really tubular ones that are great for bead weaving (usually Japanese).  And, I need size 8 because of the thickness of the felt.  Size 11 beads will just look too small.

Fortunately, I found some ones that might work in my stash.  I LIKE IT when I find something in the stash.  I need to pare it down anyway!