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Wednesday, 8 November 2006

A stitchers case

While at the Creative Crafts Show a couple of weeks ago, I bought myself this chart "New Love' from Blackbird Designs, as I have liked it for some time and had never got round to ordering it from the US. As soon as I had bought it I was getting the inspiration of an idea brewing for how I might like to finish it, so sorry to anyone who I didn't pay attention to, whilst I was thinking and planning ;-)
As you may have known it has now been made into a 'small' by me, this picture below shows the front of the case shut with its corded tie around, it does also have a vintage button fastening. I made just a few changes which were, I stitched the 2/2 initial areas using a Merry Cox alphabet I have but did it full 1/1 crosses instead of tent stitch and personalised it in the ways you can see.

For the inside I have used a hand-dyed Silk Noli which I bought on that same day from Kates Kloths as the colour toned in so well with the colour GAST used for the stitching. Because the finished size would be bigger than a standard needlecase , I knew I wanted to do a bit more with it...the question to myself was what? I love pockets so that was a must and I wanted a gathered one as I like how they look, so this was a start :-) Next, I wanted to store some scissors but so they were still visible, so I have used silk ribbon in a toning shade and made a small silk covered ring for the pointy ends to sit in and another piece of ribbon to tie around the handles. So far so good...for the top area I have covered another larger ring with silk ribbon, that could hold some thread but I will leave it off as I think it looks pretty without :-) The next thing was a pincushion which I have made mattress style and inserted pins into the edges.

These next pictures are for a better view of the details inside if you click the pictures they all go huge.

For the back I used the alphabet and numbers as charted and I have made cording from a toning DMC and used that all the way around the case. I have done all the finishing by hand sewing it together and am pleased with how it has turned out :-))

I have made a small start on my MC Shaker Spool Holder but got side tracked by doing this case and I am also signed up for 4 exchanges on the SBEBB and have made a start on my Christmas Ornament Exchange as that is to be posted first. So for a little while I will have a bit of secret stitching to do ;-) All will be revealed from that in due course and I think I may just start the MC SSH fresh in the New Year if I find I don't have time to fit it in before then. Christmas will be here before we know it and I do really want to do a couple of stitched gifts if I can find time :-))

Have a great week everyone and once again a big 'Thank-you' for the comments you take the time to leave for me!!


Blogger KarenV said...

I LOVE what you've done with this project, it's fabulous! Your stitching and finishing are just beautiful!

10:36 pm  
Blogger Susimac said...


10:44 pm  
Blogger Nicki said...

Oh my! You really have talent. That's stitched beautifuly and I'm just awe-struck at the finishing. Wow. Congratulations!

10:45 pm  
Blogger Sue said...

What a beautiful piece. The stitching is gorgeous and the finish outstanding.

10:58 pm  
Blogger Vonna said...

I just cannot get over how wonderful your (and your sister's also) stitching and finishing are...I mean it always looks perfect and has just perfect little accessories that complete it! This is no exception...superior!

11:11 pm  
Blogger Leah said...

Beeeeautiful! Your finishing is truly inspiring!!

12:10 am  
Blogger Myrna said...

That is just wonderful! I am speechless at your creativity!!! Truly cool!!!


12:52 am  
Blogger Carol said...

Helen, you did an amazing job! Congratulations!

4:32 am  
Blogger Barbara said...

Holy smokes, this is increible! Wow!!! If I managed to make anything this gorgeous, I'd sit around staring at it all day!!!

8:32 am  
Anonymous Mimi said...

Really gorgeous...congratulations !

9:25 am  
Anonymous vavadesneiges said...

Helen, after Vero's new love, yours is really stunning

In a few days, i will show you my "new love" in another finishing

10:32 am  
Blogger Sean Carter said...

Thats really professional!!You have done it brilliantly!! You could jus peep into my Holiday Blog for some cool ideas that might excite you!!

11:17 am  
Blogger Isabelle said...

That is truly gorgeous!!

11:53 am  
Blogger Wendy said...

You are so creative! I love the stitching and how you decided to finish it into a needlecase, it is so inspiring.

12:40 pm  
Blogger Michelle-ozark crafter said...

You just do the most lovely things! This is so pretty!

4:05 pm  
Blogger Karoline said...

Wow, your case is just gorgeous. What a fabulous finishing idea

4:32 pm  
Blogger Nicole said...

Absolutely beautiful!! You have so much talent!! :)

5:28 pm  
Blogger Jules said...

Once again you delivered the "eye candy" when I dropped into your blog. I am so jealous of what you can do that I think I shan't look anymore!! Only joking. Well done. Beautiful. x

6:07 pm  
Blogger Anita said...

I love the way you finished this piece, very inspiring. I love
the details show on the blog too.

8:44 pm  
Blogger Cathy said...

How marvelous! You are so talented and creative! It's beautiful!

12:05 am  
Blogger Dianne said...

So professional looking! I love all the inside details too!

5:44 am  
Blogger Senorita Stitches said...

WOW! Your work is so creative and lovely. I love all the added detail. Gorgeous!

10:12 am  
Blogger stitchwitched said...

I love getting comments from people whose blogs are new to me ... Your stitching case is STUNNING. I will definitely be back to read more!

6:28 pm  
Blogger Lelia said...

FANTASTIC! Stunning! This is beautifully stitched & finished. Job well done.

6:39 pm  
Anonymous pascale said...

Sorry for not visiting your blog for too long time ! So pretty things to see here.

7:57 am  
Anonymous Tempus fugit said...

Gorgeous !!!
I love it !

9:30 am  
Blogger Patti said...

Absolutely gorgeous. You are so clever I never would have thought of doing that and I have the chart to stitch for my son and future daughter-in-law as a wedding sampler so will copy your idea so that I have it too.

I love all your stitching and have put you on my blog because it is so stupendous. If you go to my blog you will see my email address and if you email me I have something you want so please email me.
Patti xxx

2:25 pm  
Blogger Joanie said...

That is beautiful and so creative. I love what you've done with that pattern and I wish I were 1/2 as creative as you are putting together beautiful stitched pieces. Enjoy it, it's fabulous!

10:57 pm  
Blogger Concetta said...

Stunning!! You are SO talented, girl! :)

3:09 pm  
Blogger mercy said...

Simply beautiful!

7:48 pm  
Blogger Vero M said...

Oh la la this is GORGEOUS !! I love to see how different can be a chart, but yours is truly amazing !! Bravo :-))

8:12 pm  
Blogger Vero M said...

Oh la la this is GORGEOUS !! I love to see how different can be a chart, but yours is truly amazing !! Bravo :-))

8:13 pm  
Blogger Katrina said...

how beautiful your stitching case it, and how clever you are :)take care

9:39 pm  
Blogger Von said...

Helen, each project just gets better and better! Wish I could come sit at your feet and learn from the master. :)

11:12 pm  
Blogger Stitch or no stitch said...

Beautiful! Gorgeous!! Amazing!!! You are so very talented and your presentation of your pieces is always so lovely.

4:09 pm  
Blogger Sharon said...

Gorgeous and so very creative Lena! I love it.

6:09 am  
Blogger stitcherw said...

All I can say is WOW! That turned out great. It looks beautiful and the finishing is so creative.

1:47 am  
Blogger Ruth Rachel Vendsel said...

This is one of the prettiest things I have ever seen! Such a creative use of the chart and such a brilliant design. So feminine too and I just love pinks and reds together. You must be so proud of yourself! Also I think it would be a pleasure to use this. Congratulations!

7:43 pm  
Blogger Katrina said...

OMG, I am in awe, it's so beautiful. You did an amazing job stitching and finishing it.

9:07 pm  
Blogger Nelapx said...

es hermoso este estuche...felicidades

1:08 am  
Anonymous fafa said...

Congratulations, it's beautifull

6:53 pm  
Anonymous IsaB said...

Lovely model, nice stitching necessaire! I love it! As you can see, I am back on the web!!!

Lots of love

9:53 am  
Anonymous Elisa said...

Adorable !
What a beautiful piece

8:24 am  

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