Monday, February 3, 2014

Needle Book, Why Didn't I Think of This Before?

"I give up!"
"No clue."...And that's how the conversation went in my head.  This is how I have kept my needles in the past.
About a week or so ago, while researching an idea, I came across an embroidered needle-book.  I'd seen them prior but up until that point, I did not feel it was necessary to organize my needles. However, now that I'm participating in the CQJP2014 and stitching almost everyday (which makes me very happy) I have found that I need to have my needles all in one place and available.'s my needle-book.  It measures 5.75" x 4.25".  The front cover is crazy quilt pieced and hand embroidered. The purple filler flowers were made using Mokuba ribbon. The tiny, pink, french knots were sewn with The Thread Gatherer, Silk N' Color, love the feel of this thread! I add the heart hat pin and button to protect the areas that would be touched most often in opening and closing the book.  I used Pellon Peltex 72F Double Sided Fusible interfacing for the book's cover.  It makes a nice "hard-cover" which supports the embroidery and the inside lace pocket. 

Many years ago, I read somewhere that Japanese stitchers, to avoid breaking their flow and concentration have their needles, not only readily available but also threaded for them by assistants working along side them. I suggested to my husband that he be my needle threader and the bonus will be that we'll also be spending quality time together. 
Still waiting for an answer...
The embellishments, including vintage laces, ribbons, a porcelain mouse button were adhered to the both inside covers and the pages using my hot glue gun. 

I tied my favorite thimble with silk ribbon to the inside of the book.  Now if I could only find someone to thread my needles while I stitch!
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  1. Your needle book is gorgeous...I can only imagine what my husband would say if I suggested that him.

  2. Love your needle book, it's so pretty. I received one a few years back and don't know what I did without it. Isn't "needle threading" in a husbands job description?

  3. Thank you and as I mentioned I'm still waiting for an answer, so I'm gonna go with "silence is golden."

  4. You know Ronda, I thought I read that in the fine print!

  5. Thanks for telling me how to comment. Kind of frustrating that are bizarre little quirks depending on which template you choose.

    I love your needle book. I have a kit that I have never made. I just stick my needle in current project.

  6. I do apologize, Tisha. I tried to have the Comment box visible at the end of the post but the program would not let me or it could be that I have no idea of what I'm doing, which is quite possible. Again, thanks for visiting and I would love to see a photo of the completed needle book kit. Happy Stitching.