More Linen

Thanks for all the lovely comments about my crafty tool wrap yesterday – I really appreciate all your kind words, especially on the subject of neat zips!

Lots of people were really enthusiastic about the linen I used, and I can’t say I blame you. It’s yarn-dyed Essex linen blend by Robert Kaufman in a shade called flax. I bought mine from here from The Eternal Maker, but I know that M is for Make have it too.  I can’t recommend it highly enough – I’ve used it a few times now because I think it looks so gorgeous against all sorts of colours and prints.  Here it is with the pouch I made for Annabella as part of the Mouthy Stitches swap:

Mouthy Stitches pouch - all done and ready to go.
Here it is again, on another pouch with lots of gorgeous Liberty. (This one is for sale…!). This is a much better photo because it brings out the texture that you get from a yarn-dyed fabric.

Liberty pouch

And here it is on today’s finish – a new design for a patchwork needle book, with more Liberty prints (can there every be enough?!).

Needle book again Inside..

I’m particularly pleased with this because it fastens invisibly, so I don’t have to worry about buttons or magnetic snaps getting in the way of the completeness of the patchwork block. This is the sort of thing I dwell on when I can’t sleep!

Anyway, this needle book, is going to a friend (if she wants it..) who was kind enough to send me a huge pile of vintage Golden Hands craft magazines…. It’s the most wonderful resource of inspiration and unintentional humour….. stunning 70s fashion and styling, sometimes fabulous, sometimes scary! Don’t worry, I will be sharing!

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24 responses to “More Linen

  1. Love the natural linen, it’s so adaptable and goes with so many other colours as you clearly show.

  2. The Liberty and linen makes a lovely pairing. I have 7 binders of Golden Hands, my mum subscribed in the 70s and I read them so much then and still now!

  3. pukalu

    Ooooh! Golden Hands takes me back. Cant wait to see a few pics. Love the needlecase.

    • Thank you! I am going to struggle to cut down all the pics I would like to show from Golden Hands… I’ve already spent 2 or 3 afternoons flicking through them, and there’s still plenty more to look at properly!

  4. I’m delighted to have the linen and Liberty needle book. I don’t know WHAT Golden Hands would make of such a discreet and stylish use of Liberty print!

    • Thank you so much Zillah, and I am so pleased that you like it… Golden Hands don’t do subtle, you’re right, but that’s what is so genius about them… I have so many projects that I want to have a go at…! Thank you again for thinking of me… :-)

  5. Adding needle book to my list of things to make. Check!

  6. such lovelies (and great shots)
    i only have some wee snippets of liberty that i fondle and dont use, so i would say no, there is never too much liberty
    your needlebook is adorable
    are you planning on doing a pdf pattern for sale? its super sweet and you intriqued me with your “invisible closure talk”

    • Thank you for this question! I was thinking of making a pdf pattern for this needle book, so I feel enormously pleased that you asked! When I am struggling with getting it written up I shall remember that there is (albeit very small!) demand..!

  7. So pretty, I love the Liverty/linen combo whenever I see it

  8. They’re gorgeous! I love the linen and liberty print pouch and your pics are looking fab – will definitely have to invest in that book!x

    • Thanks so much. I am improving with the photos – but it’s a real learning process. What’s great is to be able to take photos late on a rainy afternoon and know that they wont be completely hopeless.

  9. I need a like button! Looking forward to the snippets from Golden Hands. :-)

  10. So nice to see my pouch on my laptop and over by my sewing machine. It holds my feet (well my sewing machine feet), my rotary cutter and other bits and bobs and it`s very capacious. I love your Liberty one too – so pretty, and no, you can never have enough!

  11. Emma Thomsen

    Thanks for sharing, I love your zakka style linen pieces. Your tool wrap is fab (and your diagram)!!! ;)

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