Tuesday, March 23, 2010

more needlebooks, embroidery in progress, and FS button swap!

needlebooks - front

Guess what? I've been making more needlebooks. It takes way longer with this crochet border, but I'm not going to let that stop me! What do you think? I like these better than the others! :) The border seals up the opening for turning that I would normally struggle to conceal and hand stitch shut, so I guess that saves a few seconds...

I just had to use that ladybug button with the hedgehog & ladybug print! I like the square one better, though. I am strangely drawn to square buttons.

needlebooks - inside
needlebooks - inside view

embroidery in progress
embroidery in progress!

I went through my vintage embroidery transfers this weekend, and I rediscovered several really cute ones made for making potholders (these were inherited from a beloved family friend, which makes them even more special to me!). Do you have any of these? If so, maybe you have had the realization like I have that people must have used super tiny potholders back in the day! I totally made it bigger around the edges than the dotted lines on the pattern indicated. I'm finished with it now and will share pictures soon (edited: pictures on flickr now!), but here is a progress shot. I love this cute little pear so much! I knew I had to make him match my Orla Kiely pear potholder! Some day soon I'm going to run out the lime colored linen napkins I used for this and many other little projects, and I don't know what I'm going to do then!

This was the transfer that I REALLY hoped would work, and it was the only one of the three I tried that would still iron on. Even so, I still had to trace over the light red lines with my fabric marker. I'm just going to have to make new transfers with the ones that wouldn't work.

received - feeling stitchy embroidered button swap
buttons made by Caitlin!

Speaking of cute! I am so in love with these adorable owl buttons that Caitlin of salty oat made me for the Feeling Stitchy Embroidered Button Swap! Owls! Gingham! They are so freaking cute! I can't wait to figure out what to use them for, but until then, I'm content to just stare at them!

received - feeling stitchy embroidered button swap
other goodies in my package from Caitlin - chocolate not pictured...(because I already ate it)!

I love the little box she put them in, and the card those snaps are on is so cool! I'll put up pictures of what I made for her as soon as she gets them in the mail! :)

received - feeling stitchy embroidered button swap


  1. I agree, the crochet trim is fabulous - especially against the fabric used on the inside of the needle-books <3

  2. yay! i'm so glad the buttons arrived and that you like them. can't wait to see mine!

  3. These needle books are just wonderful! The crochet trim is perfect (and work the hassle, I think).

  4. The crochet trim is perfect for your needlebooks! Love the fabrics too... The buttons you received are really cute, what a nice package! Can't wait to see what you made!
    Oh, and thanks for all of the tumblr love of my storm cloud button :D

  5. love the crochet, iv been procrastinating, i need to make myself a needle book, my needles are currently in a Tupperware on some felt. need to get busy

  6. I love the needlebooks! And the crocheted border is totally where it's at.

  7. Your needlebooks are darling..I totally need one! So glad you commented on my blog a few weeks ago so I could connect with a fellow Oklahoman...check out http://okcmodernquiltguild.ning.com/
    Maybe you'd be interested in joining us...it will be fun!


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