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Friday, 15 January 2010

Nearly A New Year Blog Visit :-)

Hi to everyone who may still pass by here and my very best wishes for a very Happy New Year 2010!!

As you can tell it has been a while since I have blogged - however it has been very wintry here in the UK these past weeks and it reminded me of something I'd stitched and not yet shown on my blog. I made this for my friend Colette, I actually started the stitching late in 2007 , more in 2008 plus the finishing , therefore I changed the date... and I think I finally sent it in 2009 ! It was a very late Christmas present ;-)

I used Little House Needleworks - 'Woodland Sampling' for the front of what was to become a needlecase, stitched 1/1 on 32ct Lambswool linen. I used a mixture of stated threads and some of my own choice. I changed the little bird to a British Robin as we don't get the red one on the chart here.


For the inside - which I completely stitched by hand, I used a pretty silk along with flannel needle pages. The ribbon is made from linen. It was my first time of making a needlecase with a spine.

I used a small part of 'Forest Snowfall' by Country Cottage Needleworks for the back which I also personalised. I thought the two different designs went well together :-)


This last picture shows how the spine looked with the tiny buttons I added for decoration.


I hope you have enjoyed looking at my pictures, I thoroughly enjoyed making this. I didn't stitch much last year but do have a couple of things to show you some other time when I call in again... until then take care and thank-you if you have visited :-))


Blogger Kim B said...

Absolutely beautiful!!!!! I'm so glad you showed us these gorgeous pics of your stunning finish :)

1:43 am  
Blogger staci said...

What a treat! I've missed seeing your lovely handwork and beautiful photos. This needlebook is stunning...I'm sure your friend treasures this beautiful gift!

Happy New Year to you as well :)

1:45 am  
Blogger Nancy said...

Happy New Year! I had hoped to some day see another post from you Helen. My goodness what a beautiful finish you created! You would never know you did this for the first time. And, I love your little winter robin. Just beautiful! Hope you post again soon.

4:06 am  
Anonymous Cécile said...

I'm so happy to read you.
I hope to see you here more than last year.
Your embroidery and his finition is so beautiful

8:50 am  
Blogger Susimac said...

Its really lovely H, I bet Collette was ecstatic when she received your wonderful gift - lucky girl. Your pics are lovely too.

Nice to see you posting again.

10:24 am  
Blogger Nicki said...

It's gorgeous Helen! A beautiful gift :)

Happy new year to you too. It has been a bit snowy hasn't it LOL Hope you keep blogging - good to see you post again :)

10:37 am  
Blogger Siobhán said...

I'm always so glad to see your name pop in my blog roll, Helen! :) Your stitching is beautiful--I am sure Colette loves it. Happy new year to you and yours!

11:45 am  
Blogger Katrina said...

Happy new year! It's so nice to see a post from you. Gorgeous finish, it's just so delicate and pretty :-).

2:15 pm  
Anonymous Linen Stitcher said...

I'll echo Staci's comments. I, too, have missed seeing your gorgeous finishes, so I immediately read your post and was not disappointed. Lovely, lovely finish!! It looks perfect, inside and out, and I simply love the spine! What a nice touch!! (Of course, your stitching is wonderful, as always, too.)

5:14 pm  
Anonymous Eva said...

what an exquisite suprise to read you !
I'm sure your friend had been absolutely thrilled, it's lovely

6:00 pm  
Blogger Susan @ Real Girl Designs said...

It's beautiful, Helen! I love it - I bet your friend was thrilled.

It's so nice to see a post from you, by the way! I hope you have a fabulous 2010!

7:41 pm  
Blogger nataliejo said...

Such a treat to read you, Helen !!! and to see your wonderful stitching and finishing !! It is soooo cute ! I love everything about it :-)
Now please, will you blog more ? just for me (I'm down on my knees) ?!!! ;-)))
Hugs, nataliejo

9:54 pm  
Blogger Carol R said...

Welcome back Helen - you have been missed!

I love the wonderful needlecase you have made for Collette - I am sure she was really pleased to receive this.

Please don't leave it so long to post again as I love seeing your stitching and finishing!

2:29 pm  
Blogger angelasweby said...

What a treat to see your blog entry and lovely pictures, Helen. I don't have a blog but I've called in every few days to see if there was anything new :>)

Your needlebook for Colette is beautiful and, as usual, finished exquisitely. I love Woodland Samplings especially that sweet little robin. The co ordinating cameo on the back compliments it perfectly and I love the little buttons on the spine.

I can't tell you how much I am looking forward to seeing more of your stitching.
With affection Angela

9:31 pm  
Blogger Patricia Lessell said...

Hi Helen
Gosh it has been so long and I have really missed you and your blogging. The needlebook you made for Collette is just jawdroppingly gorgeous. What a great finisher you are and stitcher too of course but that goes without saying. I hope you had a lovely Christmas and have a wonderful New Year.
Lots of Love
Patti xxx

1:07 am  
Anonymous KarenV said...

Helen, as always your stitching and finishing is just exquisite! I'm glad to see a blog post from you - thank you for your sweet comments on my blog the other day :)

7:17 pm  
Blogger mainely stitching said...

It is utterly charming!! Great to hear from you. :D

3:21 am  
Blogger Stitch Wizard said...

It is so nice to see a new post in here from you Helen! I for one have missed seeing your fantastic finishes!! We are hanving a nasty winter here too and I can hardly wait for spring to come! This is such a lovely finish! Hope to see you again soon!!


8:19 pm  
Blogger Karoline said...

Good to see you posting again Helen.

Your needlecase is gorgeous, congratulations

2:47 pm  
Blogger Isabelle said...

Oh Lena, your new needlebook with a spine is absolutely beautiful and I am sure the silk lining compliments your stitching .
Very well done :-))

3:57 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, that is absolutely and totally exquisite - love love love it! Welcome back to blogging - I wish you all the best for 2010 too :D

10:34 pm  
Blogger Teri said...

Wow! What an incredible finish!

1:37 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a lovely gift!! Debra in NC

2:32 pm  
Blogger Lennu said...

Dear Helen, how WONDERFUL to hear from you and see you blogging again, I've missed you :) Happy New Year!

Your finish is beautiful, I love those tiny buttons on the back, they are so cute.

8:16 am  
Blogger Jinger said...

This is gorgeous!!!

5:42 pm  
Blogger Heidi said...

I pop in every once in a while to see if you perhaps posted something. What a pretty needlebook! Great job on the finishing. And I am sure it is a treasured gift. I hope 2010 brings you much happiness and many stitchy moments.

Hugs ~

2:25 pm  
Anonymous sylvie said...

It's very beautiful.

7:25 am  
Blogger Luna said...

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7:53 pm  
Anonymous Caro-CLF said...

Bravo, c'est très joli!
J'aime beaucoup.

2:52 pm  
Blogger Lynn B said...

Beautiful stitching and finishing!

Lynn B


10:40 pm  
Anonymous Susan @ Afford Your Passions said...

Just wanted to say "hi" - I saw an old comment you left on my blog a few years ago, and it got me to thinking about you. I hope you're doing well!

1:24 am  
Blogger trillium said...

So pretty. It doesn't have to be large to be beautiful.

3:42 pm  

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