I helped my buddy, Liz Kettle, in one of her Art & Soul workshops last year.
It was a machine felting class.
I had never tried machine felting before (only needle felting) so I was excited to learn as I helped her.
I felted the base of the piece while in the classroom - a very quick, very basic machine felting.
Very quick and easy since I was (mostly) helping out.
I was undecided about what I was going to make out of the felted base until the very end. I considered creating a small book cover, a small clutch or something like that.
I really didn't want to make a fold-over book (with the signatures that are stitched into the book) since I knew that it would fill up quickly (or not at all).
And I didn't really need a small clutch that fancy (since I was beading it) so I let it just sit there for a bit while I made my mind up.
One day I picked it up and went back to work on it (without a notion of what the end project would be) because I just loved the hand stitching so much.
While stitching, I misplaced (lost) one of my favorite needles and I found myself wishing that I had a needle case to put them in.
Heyyyyyy...a needle case.
So I decided right then to do just that - make a fancy needle case.
And I am so glad that I did!
All I have to do now is grab it and I am set for ANY type of hand stitching.
Here's several (a lot) of photos cause I just love the close-ups of the tedious, I mean small and creative, stitching.
It's about 4 x 6 inches when folded up.
|It looks like I used a piece of black wool or thick commercial|
felt as the base for machine felting.
|I backed the case with commercial felt (thin) and made|
the "pages" from wool that I gathered from
an old skirt. It really made the pages
nice and thick.
|I just noticed that I still have the wrap around cording|
pinned in place. I did this when I was trying to decide
how long to make my cording.
I'll try to remember to fix that (lol).
|I braided beautiful hand dyed gimp for the wrap around closure.|
|lots and lots of stitching|
|lots and lots of beading|
|The green thread to the left of the green yarn (on the right)|
is sewing thread. I used a lot of that in the stitching.
My friend Liz donated a lot of the other thread as I didn't have
a lot of embroidery thread (I am working to remedy that though).
Well, I am feeling pretty good about sharing not one but TWO completed projects on my blog recently!
I wish that there was a way for all of you to share yours with me.
You could leave a comment with a link to your projects or just email me with that info. I'd really love to see them.
Would you do that?
I'd love to see them!
I don't read as many blogs as I use to. Not many at all.
For a couple of reasons - it can suck up so much time and I don't really want to flavor my own work with everyone else's work.
And Pinterest - wow weeee.
I can hardly go there without spending AT LEAST an hour or more looking around!
Lots of beautiful things there though.
Anyway, send me links to your projects!!