Mar 2, 2007

First Needlebook Finish



Finally a finish that I can show off! (I've had two other finishes but can't show them yet) I did my first needlebook tonight. The french design came from Dominque who started Operation "I Embroider". My version of Je Brode was stitched on 14ct fiddler's cloth aida with DMC linen floss, which I really like btw! It took me 8 hours to do the stitching and another hour to put it all together. The cover of the needlebook was stitched with the french version, and the back was stitched in english.


I sort of used instructions from Quilters Cache to put the book together, but made my own adjustments based on ideas I'd seen from other people making needlebooks.



On the inside of each cover, I put two pockets for packages of needles or needle threaders. I attached felt pages for loose needles. Snaps hold the book closed. I thought it turned out really good for my first try. Happy Dancin'!

I received an email from Dominque telling me that she was putting my project on her blog. Look HERE. How cool is that?!!

38 comments:

Chelle said...

Beautiful needlebook!

The Cabbage Rose said...

Meari,
Excellent work! It's so pretty and finished like a pro! I'm really scared to do my first one...I'm just terrible at finishing. But, you encourage me to try. You did well.
Deb in FL

Georgie said...

I love this! It is so gorgeous...Congratulations!!!!!!

Barbara said...

This turned out really gorgeous. You make it look easy to do. Who knows, maybe I'll get brave enough to give one a try. We'll see. :D
Barb in TX

Susimac said...

Its wonderful Meari - congratulations!

glenda said...

that's really neat, Meari! What a great idea. I have actually never seen one before.

Congrats on the finish!!

nancy said...

It only took you an hour to put the book together?? Then there's hope for me! I have a Quaker needlebook I want to stitch but have let the assembling keep me from getting started. *lol*
Great finish, Meari!!

Cheryl said...

That is really lovely! Congrats on your finish

monique said...

Turned out great! And I love the pockets :)

Anonymous said...

Wow - that is a really classy, first class needle book - I love it! Love, Viv in the UK xxx

~Kim~ said...

WOW!! Awesome job! Love it!

~Kim~

Erica said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! What a beautiful job you've done Meari! Congrats on the great finish!

Lisa said...

Very nice, Meari!

Barbara said...

Lovely, Meari! :)

Nancy in IL said...

I've seen this particular design on another blog, and I love it. You did a spectacular job, and I liked seeing your progress pix. Beautiful job, Meari!

Kendra said...

Great job! I see all these neat little doo-dads and wish I had the talent and know-how to make them. Maybe one of these days... :-)

Barb said...

The book is beautiful, great job on it.

Dot said...

How fabulous! You did a great job. You have inspired me to give it a go. I love how you used the design. One in French, one in English. Wonderful! Think I'll even give the linen thread a try as well. Have some but haven't used it before. Yay you!

Carla said...

you did a wonderful job!! it's beautiful!

Heidi said...

Very nice! Congrats!

Carol said...

Congratulations - it is beautiful and so very nicely stitched too!

Carolyn said...

Wow! You are an awesome stitcher! I am jealous and wish I could stitch up a needlebook. Congratulations on your finish!

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

That is a beautiful finish!

stitcherw said...

It's lovely, you'd never know it was your first one. That was a cute idea putting the french on one side and english on the other, and I love the pockets.
Sue

Leeny said...

Meari, that needlebook is GORGEOUS! It turned out so well, definitely didn't look like a first attempt, more like from a seasoned pro! Well done :)

And thanks for your best wishes! :)

eileen

~Velda said...

I love it, bravo!

Cindy said...

What a gorgeous needlebook!! You done a fantastic job!! Congrats!!!

Julie R's Crafting Blog said...

Beautiful...I love your needle book.

rose_michelle said...

It's very beautiful! I love the colors. Maybe one day I'll get th courage to try one.

Michele said...

your needlebook is wonderful! love the colors and you finished it so nice!

Anne S said...

Oh wow, Meari, your needlebook is exquisite! I really love the little inside pockets as well ... if you don't mind, I just might have to use that idea myself! :D Just awesome :D

Sharon said...

Gorgeous finish-congrats. Your first? who knew?

xsquared said...

That's lovely! I'd really like to try my hand at this one.

Ish said...

Hi Meari
Fantastic needlecase... lovely finish
Congratulations

Christine H said...

Great job, very beautiful.

Jenna said...

Well done, Meari! Are you sure this is your first needlebook? ;)

Tessa said...

no wonder you got so many comments about this finish - it is STUNNING.
I just LOVE how you put the French on the front and the English on back - gorgeous!!!!

lena-lou said...

Your Needlebook is very, very lovely I love the pocket inside, just brilliant :-))