A new needle book for me

I lost my beloved needle book 3 or 4 months back now… For quite a while I was hoping that it would turn up hidden in a pile of fabric, or books and papers, but no such luck. I have a feeling I’ve left it somewhere, whilst indulging in a bit of sewing on the go.

So, because storing my needles in my pincushion was getting a bit old, I thought it was time to make a new one. And I was desperate to do a it of sewing – you know how it is sometimes! Here’s the finished article, outside and in. It’s a bit bigger than my old one, with a little pocket to hold a pair of mini-scissors or snips, or maybe a couple of skeins of embroidery thread.

New Liberty and grey linen needle book

New needle book inside

It felt really good to get the notebook and ruler out, do a bit of designing, and rev up the sewing machine. I even stopped feeling guilty about being in the house when the sun was shining…(what would my mum have said?!).

I even crocheted the cords, but that was mostly because I couldn’t find anything in my stash that brought out the best in my Liberty scraps.

I’m hoping the tutorial to make one of these will be the June entry for my 12 Patterns in 12 Months series (crochet optional for this one!).

IMG_8848New Liberty and grey linen needle book

New Liberty and grey linen needle bookHope you got to enjoy your day as much as I did, whatever you were up to!

58 thoughts on “A new needle book for me

  1. ❀ this Ali! I spent the day at the Wealden Times Summer Fair in Rolvenden, Kent and spent a fortune!!!! πŸ˜€ xx πŸ˜€ xx

  2. Just gorgeous, like everything you do. I really like the pocket too, it is something so useful but I certainly wouldn’t have thought of it.

  3. Well done Ali – you have made a good thing out of a bad thing! I lost my old needlecase whilst we were staying in a tiny croft which I thoroughly searched to no avail, and I still wonder about whether a hole opened in the time-space continuum and snaffled it!

  4. I love the fabric combination, it’s very pretty. I look forward to the tutorial so that I can try and make one!

    1. Lol! Even though I have a nice new needle book I have no doubt that I will still leave needles all over the house. I’m always getting in trouble for that! Thanks for your lovely comment. πŸ™‚

  5. lovely needle book, I’ve only just found your blog! I’ve got my cup of tea so I’m going to settle in for a while πŸ™‚

  6. Very pretty Ali. I love needle pouches and have enjoyed making a few. I am just finishing a version of Ayumi’s embroidery pouch which is in her Patchwork Please book. I have seen a few versions on blogs and thought it would be challenging to try and make this and would use up some scraps too.

    1. That sounds great Jenny. I’m just waiting for my copy of Ayumi’s book to arrive… I’ve been really enjoying seeing all the Patchwork Please buzz, and couldn’t resist…

  7. Very nice! I was just thinking that I have to stop putting needles in the pin cushion. I have a plastic needle case but it would be better to have a book. Love the fabrics!

    1. Thanks so much Lucy. The cord took ages – I tried various different versions before decided on the simplest pattern ever! Hope you’re enjoying the sun this weekend. πŸ™‚

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