Monday, 30 June 2014

needle book swap {on its way}

Baa's needle book.
I finished the needle book for my swap partner! It is on its way and, as the recipient has no idea that I am their partner, I can reveal it here.
My partner is quite intriguing. It is a sheep! Yes, you read it correctly. Master Baatholomu Vince happens to be a stuffed sheep who goes by the name of Baa for short. His mistress Miss H keeps a blog of his adventures in New Zealand, which cne be found HERE.
Back of Baa's needle book.

I forgot to take photos of the internal felt pages, though I did remember to snap a shot of the other goodies I sent with the needle book.

I really enjoyed making this little needle book. So much so that I made one for myself, as well as a couple of friends. We were all without a needle book. Funny, considering that they are easy and quite quick to make!

I made mine using the same fabric as Baa's, opting for a hand stamped name instead of the sheep.

The quilted heart is a bit dodgy, but I think it adds to the hand made persona of it!
Internal pages.
I used entirely different fabric for the needle books for my two friends. A 16 patch of Kate Spain's 'Central Park'  (from a pre cut candy pack - sometimes called a mini charm pack) made up the back, with pink spots on the front. I hand stamped a name on the front like mine (though I have covered this up with the cotton tape, as one friend probably hasn't received hers yet and will be none the wiser until she does!). I really love the orange binding on spine.
I love ric rac (and have quite a bit that I inherited from my mum's cupboard. Without her knowing. I'm pretty sure the ric rac dates back to the 70's) and took the opportunity to use some to pretty up the felt pages.
Internal pages.
I have thoroughly enjoyed participating in the needle book swap hosted by Amy. I am sure Amy will host another one  - sign up on her blog to be notified by email if you would like to join in next time.

Have a look at the Flikr page for photos of all the needle books that were made and swapped. I will post a photo of the needle book my anonymous partner has made for me as soon as it arrives.

 So, do you have a needle book? How many? Did you make your own?


  1. Baa is going to love her needle is perfect for her....there will be lots of frolicking through meadows over that one!! You are addicted now.....your others are gorgeous....I love your heart, it adds a whimsical touch!!

  2. Your partner is a sheep?! that is so cool!! Your needlebook is perfect with that cute sheep on it. I love the ones you made for yourself and your friends too. I've got a few needle books and I love them all, I quite often keep the different ones with different projects that I'm working on.

  3. Baa is so adorable! These needlebooks are really fun! I am going to make one one of these days. Pinning yours as an inspiration and a reminder :)


  4. Awww, that sheep is so cute, love it!! They are all beautiful, you are a clever, caring and giving friend :-)

  5. . . . a frantic month . . a recalcitrant internet provider . . .and I finally see these images tonight!
    A totally beautiful and individual needle book now in my household. How blessed am I to have this gift of friendship. Thankyou Jeneta.


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