3/29/2012

Move-In Day for Needles....

From its inception I had planned this needle book to be a companion piece for my stitch journal and don't they look as compatible as two peas in a pod..?

I worked on it yesterday when my "CQ stitchers in training" were here, throughout the evening and  started again about 5:30am to finish...







Since the needle book is quite small, all the laces used on it were in proportion...very fine and delicate indeed.  The ones we keep in our special stash....

Just a few this things to note.  The rose on the cover is silk fabric and about 3/4" thick and very  dense.  I intend to use it as a pin cushion for threaded needles.  I followed the directions fairly closely in Susan's class but because of the lace, I didn't sew the outside and lining   right-sides together and turn.  I pressed the seam allowances back and hand stitched them together...  This allowed me to use  a very heavy interfacing rather than card stock and sew  my pages in before I added the outside..

Instead of a tie to knot for closure on things such as this, I prefer to use elastic cording and a vintage metal button... It  makes me think of boot buttons and button hooks... I've always used the gold elastic cording they sell for gift wrapping and it would have been my first choice here but, alas, I was out so used white elastic cording.





To attach the elastic cording I first do the ends with this super knot I first learned in a Robin Atkins class  and Sharon B. also taught it in her class last Sept.  I'm sure it has a name but if I knew it I forgot.  It's perfect for finishing cording and gimp with no fraying and can be added to the outside of the piece.
Now a quick look at the interior and then I'll go off to actually add my needles... Thanks so much for following the journey of my precious little needle book...  And a HUGE thanks to Susan Elliott for instigating this project.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!
It was fun anticipating this.
Suzie in Idaho

Marjolein said...

Beautiful, rich and luxurious with all that lace!

kerrykatiecakeskeb43 said...

How wonderful Gerry! You deserve this bit of loveliness at your side when you are stitching!

MosaicMagpie said...

This turned out great! I know Susan will love it!

Deb

Wendy said...

Gerry, your needle case is just beautiful! I love every element about it and the lace is just divine! How proud you must feel to have made such a beautiful place for your needles to rest when not in use! If I was a needle I would love to be in this needle book! Simply gorgeous!

Shirlee Fassell said...

Lovely and so useful!!

Lorraine@creativedaily said...

Lovely job Gerry!

Cathy said...

I like it!

Susan Elliott said...

I'm so glad you had fun...and isn't it the best to put all your needles into each page? I must have just left the computer when you emailed today! I have a few deadlines bearing down on me so I've been spending limited time online. Your book turned out beautifully...the laces, the matching, the pages...I just love it. Thanks for playing along! xo Susan

Ati. said...

This is the most unusual needlebook I ever have seen and só beautiful! Typical Gerry made! Wishing that you have use for it in many, many coming years !

July said...

Fantastic work! It's like a story about Alice in Wonderland!

beaming beauties said...

These are awesome!!! some really great stuff!!

Stitching Cat said...

Gerry, your needlebook is fabulous! I was in Susan's class also and mine is almost complete. Just need to finish the flowers on the ends of the ties. Through that class I have found your blog and am going to become a follower. Enjoy using your beautiful book and stitcher's journal.

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