Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Stitch Me Up!




Today is the first day of the Stitch Me Up Embroidery Blog Hop and I'm up. Madame Samm and Jane are hosting this fun hop and they sent out pages and pages of designs from which to choose.  Thank you both so much for all of your hard work.

I am new to embroidery so I was eager to put my name in the hat. Jane offered a great deal on some wonderful embroidery thread and I think it's fair to say that I am hooked. We received 10 spools of this lovely # 12 Presencia Finca Perle Cotton


 and size 9 John James embroidery needles.This thread is a dream to work with and once I chose my pattern, I went to work. I had intended to take some 'in progress' photos, but I got a bit involved and forgot. I decided to make a needle case because I have been wanting to make one for ages. I copied my pattern and made it smaller. Then I used this tutorial  and in no time at all I had this:


 I bought some linen and now wish I had an entire bolt! I love this stuff!


Isn't the green grass pretty? This is pretty much the only green for miles around. This patch of pretty green grass is courtesy of a leaky faucet, and it's not much bigger than what you see here:.


I followed Amy's lead in her tutorial and pieced the back. Everything she makes is simply lovely. I chose scraps from the floral strips I used when I made a set of floral pot holders for a friend last year:


Perhaps I am smitten with floral fabric because our lack of rain keeps me from having a flower garden:


And now I have all sorts of embroidery ideas going through my head and I'm wondering just how many needle cases a girl needs.

Here are today's stitchers so pop in and take a gander at what everyone else is stitching up, and then follow along until the 29th  for more inspiration. Bet you'll be itching to embroider something before the week is out because there's a whole slew of creative minds hopping in on this one.

WEDNESDAY March 20th

Meadowbrook           

92 comments:

hueisei said...

Very pretty and lovely!!

Patty C. said...

Great Needlebook !

ukcitycrafter said...

What a lovely needlecase, love the use of buttons and the pieced back.

Britt-Inger said...

Your project is so cute and I could only agree that this thread is so wonderful to sew with.
Thanks for sharing your creativity

Theresa said...

Looks like you had a lot of fun making your little needle book, it's lovely.

Fiesta said...

I love the needle book. It is so cute.

lisainporthope said...

A lovely useful item indeed. And let me tell you, you do need at least one needle book for every project that is on the go, and one more for good luck. And after that you should investigate those patterns which combine quilting and embroidery.
And since we still have 2 inches of snow, I am jealous of your green grass.

Cathy said...

Your needle case is lovely. I like bright flowers! The back is very nice too.

Sharon said...

Your project is stitched beautifully...and I agree linen is just wonderful to work with...nice job.

Pauline said...

What a great ways of showing your project - I love your needlecase, you can't have to much of these cuties!

Frances said...

What a sweet project.

Cindy said...

What an adorable needle case! Love it:) Thank you for sharing!

Cyndi loves to stitch said...

Good morning!!! I love your needle book you did a great job!! Isn't that thread fun to work with!! I love it and orrdered it in lots of other colors!! Am a bit jealous of your green grass, it hasn't gotten warm enough for enough days in a row to turn green green. And snow in the forecast today and Friday! Glad you had fun stitching, I'd better hop on to someone else.

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

A stitcher needs several needle cases! I have a different one for all new projects. I just keep it with what I'm stitching, that way, I always have my needles. Nice job!

Gwen said...

Your little needle case turned out so cute! And how wonderful to have that bit of green this time of year!

LesQuilts said...

I love your project! I agree, a girl can't have too many needlebooks!
Take care, Leslie

Dorian said...

Great job Karin! It's a lovely needle book.

Sowing Stitches said...

Okay your needle case is a must! Great idea and now I really need to take the time and make a few! This is much nicer than the lamp shade I use most of the time! I love the floral prints...perfect for Spring! Thanks for sharing!!! :)

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

very nice

Jeanie said...

What a sweet needle case! You'll just love using it for you hand work! Thanks for sharing today!

Martina said...

I love your little sweet project! And the pieced back is so lovely together with linen.Precious!

Linda Coleman said...

love that needlecase, great work

Vickie said...

Hello my bloggy friend ! As I was reading, I thought where'd she find that green grass ! Your pictures are wonderful as usual and I love that needle case. Great job you Ranching woman !

AnitaS said...

What a lovely needlecase you made.

Val said...

I think the needlecase is awesome. Love the pattern you chose. Goes well with the the patchwork back.

KaHolly said...

It's just beautiful!! I hear you! When I started embroidering a few years back, I couldn't get enough!! My handwork basket is full, and several people have rec'd beautiful needle wallets. I even kept one for myself! Good job!

Carol said...

Such a beautiful needle case--love the stitching you did! The linen makes it look so vintage. Thanks for hopping with us! :O)

krislovesfabric said...

Beautiful needle case, a girl most definitely needs several btw....

Madame Samm said...

lovely stitching but I think I love your photos best...ok, both are terrific...great use of presencia threads ..

Linda J said...

Your needle case is so cute and Cyndi's floral motif really set it off. The pieced elements on the back are wonderful!

Sandra Rowe said...

Darling needle case and great stitching!

Kathy said...

LOVE your needle case!!! Great idea.

Linda said...

What a beautiful little needle case! Great job!

patchouli moon studio said...

Sweet needle book.

Kathy H said...

Cute little needlecase. ANd I love the back. I should try to be more creative with little things like this. I would have just used a whole piece of fabric but I love the pieced back so much more.

LadyV said...

Great idea to make a needle book. You did a wonderful job.

Dee said...

Love your needle keep - and what can be prettier than a jar of floss - yum.

Darlene said...

Very, very cute, Karin. I am totally smitten with embroidery so I understand your new love. :-)

You need to tell me more about the linen.

sew.darn.quilt said...

What a sweet needlebook :)

Debbie M said...

So sweet love it!

B J Elder said...

A lovely needle case!

Patty said...

Very pretty needle book. I like you stitches. Well done.

Brenda said...

Love needle books! I've made quite a few for friends, but never one for myself. Yours is very pretty and I love the patchwork back.

Needled Mom said...

What a sweet little needlecase!!!

Stress Less said...

I love your needle book. You did a great job!

Judy B said...

Love your needle case! Thank you for sharing.

Gill said...

I love your pretty needlecase!
Thank you for sharing!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh that is just so pretty! I understand about embroidery, once you start!!, there is no stopping. I wish I had even that little piece of green grass! Thank you for sharing.

Jan aka StampQn said...

What a sweet needlecase.

Tammy said...

Whata great hand stitching project. Thank youf ro shareing it with us. The thread in the jar sure does make great eye candy.

Amy said...

Love you cute little needle case. I need to
Make one of those! Great stitching!

feltfree på Åsly said...

Cute needle book. Its lovely.

Cheryl said...

So, sew cute!!! I love the quilty backside too. It's gong on my to do list, and I am thinking these could make cute Christmas gifts to tuck away. Great job.

Loralynn said...

What a cute little needle book!

Michelle said...

Oooh, I love the pieced back -- those squares have to be itty bitty!

Theresa said...

So very sweet!

Sheila said...

Beautiful little needlecase , great job!

Teresa said...

Love your needle book. I need to make one, too. I want to learn more about embroidery and start doing some. This blog hop has gotten me fired up! Great job.

Wendy said...

Lovely! What a great idea to make it into a needlecase

Pierro said...

Rosemary B here:
I have not been visiting around the hops because my mom is in the hospital, but I had to stop and say I LOVE THIS!
Your project made me happy

Cathi said...

That is a lovely needle book!

Christine M said...

Your needle case is lovely.

Keri F said...

Pretty needle case! Stitchers need several needle cases, one for upstairs, downstairs, the car, your purse, need I say more? :) Love your photos. So creative. Great job.

Mara said...

I just made my first embroidery project last week, it is addicting isn't it.

Cindy said...

Too cute!! And a great stocking stuffer for Christmas!!
I have to say - the way you photographed your projects/threads is so pretty

Cindy said...

Needle cases are such fun projects to make and your turned out so nice. Love the jar of threads in your pics...now I want some!

Lou said...

Love the needle case!!!! Great job!

Carrie P. said...

really cute project.

The Slow Quilter said...

The needle work is great, love what you have done.

lefuntz said...

Love your pictures! And I think you can have as many needle cases as you want. They don't all have to hold needles! You should see how many pincushions I have without pins!

lefuntz said...

Love your pictures! And I think you can have as many needle cases as you want. They don't all have to hold needles! You should see how many pincushions I have without pins!

Jodi - usairdoll said...

Your needle case is so pretty! I think you did a super job. In answer to your question, you need at least one needle case with each embroidery project, hehe. I have four going and I like to have my needles, small scissors and thread together with each project so I can just grab and go. I'm glad you caught the embroidery bug! Thanks for sharing your needle case, great job!

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vicki said...

So pretty! Thanks for sharing. vickise at gmail dot com

StitchinByTheLake said...

I love your needle case - I'm wondering where you got your linen? I haven't found a good source for it. blessings, marlene

Beverly said...

Love your ideas. I've wanted to make a needle book as well but it never gets done. Your is pretty and I love the patchwork on the back. I love your presentation of the thread in the jar - great idea! Good job!

Anita said...

Love your notebook!

LJ said...

Love your needle case; I need to make one, too.

Janet said...

Such a great idea and your work looks lovely for a first timer!

Quilt n Queen said...

Beautiful stitching, luv your needle case...and by the way...a quilter can never have just one needle case. Thanks for sharing!! Happy stitching, Pauline

Nancy said...

I can't decide which adjectives to use - adorable, beautiful, cute, sweet, lovely, delightful.... I love it! You did a great job for your first time embroidering.

Sharon Dawn said...

I love how you made something you have been wanting! It looks like you are a natural at embroidery! Your work looks beautiful--and so are your sunny shots!!

Robin said...

Your needle case is just adorable!

lauraluvsloons said...

I love your needle case.

Tracee Perry said...

That is sew sweet.

Debra Lee said...

What a great project. Mekes me want to do one myself!

Jenny said...

I've gotten hooked on linen too and what a cute needle book! love it!

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

Lovely needle case! I love sweet little projects like this - so satisfying and useful.

apple blossom said...

cute book

carla said...

Hi!!! Very pretty!!! Love your needle case!!!!

Cherry said...

Love it all... the stitching, the back... and the green grass, he he!

Lisa said...

I stopped in when I saw your blog name! I love your needlebook and I am new to stitching.

Denise :) said...

Karin, this is just darling! You did a dear job with this ... I may have to make up a couple of these myself, to give as gifts!!! :)

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