Last year I bought the Make it Blue book by Natalie Bird of The Birdhouse Patchwork Designs. I'm not sure what it is about Australian designers, but I really do love their patterns and books! Cross Patch in Wales had several small kits to make some of the projects that are featured in the book, and I couldn't resist this one for the Blue Bird Needlebook, although it's been sitting in a very large box of kits for absolutely ages! This kit included all the fabrics, woolfelt for the pages and ric-rac for the ties. I used a selection of DMC embroidery threads for the hand embroidery. The stitches used for this were very simple. Once this verse was completed, the circular shape was cut out and appliqued into place...
...a small pocket is attached to the inside, which is ideal for storing packets of needles. Woolfelt pages have been machined into place, and are for keeping needles and pins safe and sound. An appliqued bluebird has been carefully stitched into place on the front of the needlebook, using Aurifil 80wt thread...
...and here's the completed needlebook. I decided to save the ric-rac from the kit for another project, and used some fabric ties instead, to keep the needlebook closed. I just need to tuck a couple of packets of needles inside and its all ready to use!
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