Thursday, February 10, 2011

needle book


Update: There is a pattern available for this now: the Flora Needle Book pattern, available for instant download at Etsy and Craftsy.



I was tired of being jealous of my daughter's needle book, so I took matters in my own (prematurely wrinkly) hands. It's made of felt and ribbon, with a string/button closure.



I thought I'd be smart and sew in little ridges to slip the needles through. They are staggered so it doesn't make a hump in the book. I'm not sure if it is worth the extra effort. I also thought about sewing in a little tuck in the pages to do the same thing, but didn't want it to run the entire length of the page and make it lumpy in the spine.

I also need a needle cushion. I often stick needles in my pin cushion while I'm working and this is not a good idea, because:
1) I somehow always manage to push them down inside.
2) I forget they are lurking in there and they skewer my finger when I squeeze the cushion in the wrong place.
I need to make a shallow cushion with something to stop the needles poking through in the bottom. Maybe an egg cup would make a good start. I have one I thrifted a while back.

In any case, I'm so glad I don't have to store my needles like this anymore:

43 comments:

  1. I love it! My needle book was given to me by a dear women from my church, but after seeing yours I think I may need to upgrade (or at least add another to my stash) to one with multiple "pages"!

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  2. That is fabulous! I WANT one!! :)

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  3. That looks like an heirloom in the making!

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  4. This is AWESOME!!! I love the multiple pages and the ridges you stitched in because the needles won't show through to the other side of the page. I am not the neatest person in the world, but THAT would bother me! AND THE COVER IS SO CUTE - I MIGHT willingly sew buttons on my husband's shirt if I had one... maybe.

    :) Ann

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  5. Where do you get your felt? It looks so much nicer than anything I find in stores in my town. Also, might you consider selling this needle book in your etsy shop? I would buy one!

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  6. It's soo cute! It wants me to start making my own! (Won't turn out so nice as this one though I'm afraid ^_^)

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  7. ooooh that is seriously sweet - I would buy this on your etsy store too. Tres Cute

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  8. This is beautiful! It also gives me the idea that I should do one for my machine needles. As I move from 1 project to the next, I switch out my needle and then loose track of it. I could have a page for each needle size...stay tuned!

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  9. Utter cuteness!!!! I adore this to pieces!

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  10. Thanks, nice people!

    Jessie W, I don't buy it here in town. There's never a good selection. I buy it online. There are lots of great shops on etsy, but mostly I buy my wool-blend felt here:
    http://www.prairiepointjunction.com/12x18.html

    Ruby, great idea. Might need to dedicate one to that too. I also saw a needle cushion somewhere that had sections for each size. Where did I see that? aRgh.

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  11. LOvely your blog!! it's very nice!!! enhorabuena!!
    besos desde españa

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  12. suddenly I also need a needlebook... beautiful!

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  13. I love it!!!! Very very cute!!!
    Congratulations!
    Hugs, Luciana.

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  14. Oh I love it, it's fab!! Might need to upgrade mine after seeing this!

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  15. lovely blog!!! enhorabuena, es precioso!!so cute!!
    besos desde españa

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  16. I really need to make myself a cute needlebook. I'd be embarrassed to show anyone how I keep my needles.

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  17. What a gorgeous needlebook! I suddenly feel the need to make one too!

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  18. very cute! so detailed. :) the little ridges are genius.
    my own needle book isn't nearly as detailed, it takes quite a beating.

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  19. Another fab felt project :). I really need a more efficient way of storing my needles as well. I may just have to copy this one. Love the embellishments on the front and the ribbon spine and all. Such great details.

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  20. it's beautiful! I need a needle book, all my needles are still in the package they came in

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  21. There you go again, making the most adorable stuff on the planet. God has blessed you with so much talent.

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  22. I love it. Very practical, yet oh so cute! It sounds like we have similar needle issues. I would love to get around to making one of these. As always, I love the design and use of colors!

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  23. I love making them. yours is super cute. great job.

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  24. Everything you do is so over-the-top amazing. I really love it! You are my idol!

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  25. Whatever creative block you might have had choosing colors for the holiday stockings, it is long gone now. This is adorable!

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  26. I've been perusing around your blog and I adore your style! (And sense of humor.) You've got a new follower! :)

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  27. Just found your blog through simple mom, I can see I'm going to need a lot of time to check this out-love it!

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  28. Aw, you guys! You always make my day with your comments.

    It's a bit crazy but I have three more needlebooks in the works. I'm putting them in the shop soon.

    Welcome to those of you who are new to the blog! I hope you leave here inspired to create!

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  29. That is beauuuuutiful, Larry. I am officially out shined. :) The flowers remind me a lot of that Japanese felt book I bought in NYC. I should have gotten you that one instead of the patchwork book. This is so, so pretty.

    BTW, you can add one of these to the birthday list, too. Love it!

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  30. Fantastic!
    I think you might enjoy my blog, actually, if for nothing else - ideas. You sure make some pretty things. :)

    http://the-w-s.blogspot.com/

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  31. super fantastic!!! love how you stitched the edges of the cover pages, such a great detail & finishing touch.

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  32. LOVE! I am going to make a bunch of these for gifties. Lovely!!!

    One of my favorite OCD things to do is to tear apart an old pin cushion (you know - when it is shedding sawdust everywhere) and pick out the needles. You wonder why you can never find a needle? They LIVE inside your pin cushion!

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  33. I love the needlecase. It is really pretty.

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  34. These are just beautiful. To keep my needles from slipping into my pincushion, I put one of those little rubber french wire earring backs on the top end. It keeps it from slipping into the cushion and also protects my fingers from being poked.

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  35. These are lovely! will you be selling the patterns anytime soon?

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