A couple of months ago this gorgeous kit arrived from Cross Patch in Wales. The pattern is by Natalie Bird of The Birdhouse Patchwork Designs. The kit contains the pattern and these beautiful Tilda fabrics that are absolutely lovely to sew with! The kit included a pre-printed stitchery design, so I didn't have to spend time tracing it, I just fused a piece of weaveline to the back, and I was ready to start stitching! A wooden hoop keeps the fabric taut and stops any puckers. I tend to use John James embroidery needles, and I've used DMC threads for this project...
...once the embroidery was completed, the borders for the front of the needlebook were added, then the back, and this was layered with some thin cotton wadding. I spray basted this with 505 spray, and quilted it very simply stitch-in-the-ditch using cream Aurifil 50wt thread. The inside on the needlebook has some wool "pages" for needles and pins, and also has an assortment of useful pockets...
...and here's the front of the finished needlebook. This is a super project, as it's both pretty AND useful. This will be the perfect accessory for my summertime sewing projects. If you want to have a look at the Cross Patch website, you'll see a huge array of patterns and kits etc.
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