I recently received a lovely present in the post from Sarah, one of my lovely "likers" - a Christmas needle case pattern by Lynette Anderson Designs. I picked out some of Lynette's festive fabric "Starry Night" from my stash (Lynette had sent this to me a few years ago to play with), and made a start on the stitchery...
...this pattern included both a traceable pattern and an iron-on transfer too. I chose to use the iron on one as it was much quicker than tracing the stitchery design, I do have a top tip when you're using an iron-on design - I add a piece of weaveline to the back of the background fabric BEFORE I add the design, as the first time I used an iron-on pattern I made a right mess on my ironing board cover when I laid the fabric with the design on it upside down ready for the stitchery stabiliser! I bought some gorgeous wool felt from The Eternal Maker, and it was just right for the pin/needle holder, It's lovely to stitch with, and I love the feather stitch and colonial knots on the top of the stocking. This was secured into place with blanket stitch, using matching coloured DMC thread..
...it didn't take very long to get this needlecase completed, and I layered it with a piece of thin cotton wadding, and finished it with a strip of single fold binding to cover all the raw edges. Inside the original pattern there was a scissor holder, but I decided to alter the pattern and added another needle holder which I cut from wool felt, and was also secured into place with blanket stitch. A couple of pockets are perfect for storing a few threads too...
...this will be perfect for storing my needles and thread for all the festive projects that I've got planned! I thought I'd make an early start this year, as usually I'm so busy stitching gifts for friends and family that my own festive projects end up being stitched at the last minute! Anyway, I took this needlecase along to the Sewing Group last night and it received lots of admiring looks and comments!
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