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Sunday, 29 July 2007

Needlebook for Cathy

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I offered to stitch for CathyB as a replacement for an exchange she was in 'Trip Around The World' on SBEBB . It was pretty difficult for me to find something very English that I liked and to make a 'small' from. I decided on this Thatched Cottage as we have lots of these here in England and it was also designed by a British designer I like 'Helen Philips'. The design was in a recent edition of one of our cross-stitch magazines but I changed all the stated colours and added the 1/1 sheep as we have a lot of those here too ;-)

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For the back I used a Union Jack flag from a Brightneedle design I had, I changed the colours of that too and stitched our initials to personalise the piece. As for the finishing which is completely handsewn this was also down to Brightneedle as I took the instructions from an exclusive class piece they had once done, although theirs is round and a bit tinier than mine...mine has been made more oval to follow the shape of the design I used and is a touch bigger. Saying that it really is tiny still, maybe just the size of the pictures you are seeing at the bottom here, below you can see what it looks like when is is tied fully shut.

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Enjoy your Sunday and thanks for visiting :))

Edited 31/7/07
I have been asked about doing a tutorial for the finishing of this little needlebook but would feel very unsure doing so as it is from a Brightneedle exclusive class piece that I bought some time ago and would be covered by copyright. So sorry on this occasion I cannot help.
Thank-you :))


Anonymous Cécile said...

I love your idea. It's very lovely

9:58 am  
Blogger Barbara said...

Helen, you are just too kind and thoughtful! What a truly lovely exchange - you really went above & beyond the call of duty! I'm sure Cathy will cherish it forever!!

10:10 am  
Blogger KarenV said...

I was admiring this on Cathy's blog this morning.

You did a beautiful job, it's so English in style and just perfect for that exchange. I love the goodies you sent too and it was so nice of you to make a replacement for Cathy :)

1:02 pm  
Blogger Katrina said...

It is gorgeous and how sweet of you to stitch a replacement piece for Cathy!

1:12 pm  
Blogger Barbara said...

A lovely finish indeed, and very English :)

2:56 pm  
Blogger Nancy said...

A very sweet needlecase! I love the tying ribbons.

2:59 pm  
Blogger Sharon said...

Gorgeous needlebook! Simply lovely work.

3:22 pm  
Blogger stitcherw said...

That turned out so cute. I love the design and the unusual shape.

3:31 pm  
Blogger Stitch Wizard said...

Oh Helen, I just love your little cottage!! It is just so pretty! You have done an outstanding job on this and Cathy should just be ever so grateful for your doing this!! I just love the little lamb as well! Now I need to see if I can find this designer and look at some of her things! How pretty! Debby :)

5:00 pm  
Blogger Susan said...

That's so cute. My brother lived in a 16th century thatched cottage when he lived in the UK - it was gorgeous!

6:08 pm  
Blogger Patti said...

Oh Helen that was so kind of you to do this lovely little needlecase and it is so lovely with superb finishing. You have to be one of the nicest people I know and I love you to bits.

7:01 pm  
Anonymous coonie said...

That's adorable, and so sweet of you to stitch a replacement piece.

7:02 pm  
Blogger Carol said...

What a beautiful needlebook for Cathy :-)

9:30 pm  
Blogger Susimac said...

Its lovely Helen, I love your colour choices and that wee cottage is so sweet.

10:20 pm  
Blogger Cathy said...

Helen, you take such wonderful photos! This little needlebook is so beautiful; thanks again for stitching it for me!

1:34 pm  
Blogger sammyjo said...

I love the needlebook its so cute and is very english lol


2:39 pm  
Blogger Michelle said...

How sweet of you to stitch this replacement piece for her. It is so cute - and perfect for the exchange!

4:17 pm  
Blogger Vonna said...

Such a lovely stitched piece you did for Cathy B. How very nice it was that you did that not only for her but for Becky, whom I know was highly overwhelmed at the time.
Congrats on such a perfectly English item for dear Cathy B!
You are such a sweet, sweet lady Helen! :)
P.S. I saw dear Amy on Su's blog...such a sweetheart she looks :)
PLUS, I love the thread holder that you got from Eva! Wow, really beautiful! :)

4:33 pm  
Blogger Michelle-ozark crafter said...

You never cease to amaze me Helen!

5:08 pm  
Blogger Hazel said...

That is perfect and so beautiful! Any way you could get those instructions down for us even in your own words perhaps?? It looks fab! xx

6:38 pm  
Blogger Cheryl said...

Beautiful finish! Very English indeed! I see Hazel has already asked for instuctions...that would be great if possible!

7:18 pm  
Anonymous NatQuebec said...

Congratulations ! It's a very nice needlecase !

7:38 pm  
Blogger Marie-P said...

Helen, I love that needlebook that you sent Cathy! Would love to learn how to finish that, is there a tutorial out there???
As always your work is FABULOUS!

11:46 pm  
Blogger Nelapx said...

Lena ya casi termino el regalo de amy.. espero enviarlo antes que me valla a vivir a Bogota.. besos... nela
Guaooo felicidades este pinkeep es hermoso..

3:37 am  
Blogger Lavender Rose said...

Well, Helen, what can I add but to say that you are the most generous of heart among us. It took time to think of someone other than yourself, and time to find just the right thing to stitch, and time to stitch it, and time to finish it so perfectly and time to package and mail it to Cathy, and; of course, time to think of Becky, as well. Time is the most precious gift you can give anyone. It's the invaluable gift of love and friendship. Noone gives it better than stitching friends, and you are such a perfect example of that loving gesture in this gift you gave, Helen.
Much love and hugs,

9:09 am  
Blogger Leena said...

How kind of you to stitch a replacement for Cathy! It's very beautiful and very English!!

11:19 am  
Blogger Isabelle said...

That is so lovely Helen :)

2:55 pm  
Blogger Katrina in NZ said...

what a sweet needlebook and so nice of you to stitch it for Cathy. As always, your photos of your project are wonderful. Hope you're having a good week Helen.

10:43 pm  
Blogger Karoline said...

It's a gorgeous Needlebook Helen, congratulations

11:05 am  
Blogger Carla said...

Cute needlebook!!

3:51 pm  

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