Thursday, January 31, 2013

Inspiration :)


Where does your inspiration come from?
For this project
I found my inspiration in a needlebook
that my Oma made for me
when I was a little girl.
As you can see,
it's been VERY well used :)
The entire front cover is all cross stitch.
I feel the love that went into this precious gift.
I don't think I'll ever use another one.
But it did start me thinking about
making needlebooks to cross stitch on.
I haven't seen them anywhere else,
so I got to work making a pattern.

You can unbutton the front cover
so that you can stitch your favorite design on it
and then button it back closed.
For my first one I used linen,
but I plan to make some with Aida as well.
I used wool felt for the inside
to stick your pins and needles in. 
Here's my own needlebook in action.........
yes,
its a mess,
but I use it 
A LOT!  
It makes my heart happy to think about
my Oma sitting in the backyard
stitching in the sunshine
making this just for me :)
These new cross-stitchable needlebooks
will be available soon in my shop.
No two will be alike.
For me, that's the fun in creating :)


Quick question:
If you were to purchase a stitchable item,
would you prefer linen or aida?
What is your favorite stitch count?
Thanks!

9 comments:

  1. how fun, great job and your Oma is looking down and smiling!

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  2. I'm not sure which one I like better?!! The history of the one made by your Oma melts my heart but gingham always seems to win with me.And the little buttons...too cute!

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  3. Orange gingham with oranges bias lace-edged tape - soooooooooooooo pretty!! I bought some similar bias tape for a friend for Christmas one year - I had to order it from the Netherlands because I couldn't found it in North America! I bet that has changed in the last few years, lol!

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  4. I want one! I'd prefer 28ct evenweave just to be difficult! ;) Great job Karen and I love the story of yours! :) It's funny I don't normally like orange but the gingham, buttons and the trim are toooooo cute! :)

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  5. I 'sew' totally want one or TWO :-)! The orange one with the cute buttons is calling my name. Does anyone have 'dibs' on it?

    You are such a 'Crafty Chick'! Your creativity is AWESOMENESS!!!!

    OK 'sew' I totally NEED a needle book because I do not have even one and you do not want to know what I am using now :-(! I think I would like linen, but my skill set says I need to have aida :-).

    You are the bomb Obi Wan :-)!

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  6. Love your needlebook idea. I would love it with an evenweave.
    I saw on another blog today that she used your "Don't fear the zipper" and made a bag. She thanked you for it.
    Teresa's Heartfelt Stitches

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  7. Why not make some up with linen and some with aida - that way everybody is happy and you could see which one sells best.
    It is a very clever design. Love it.

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  8. The article of this quality is really hard to find.

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