This is a needle book cover, pattern by my friend Cindy Johnson.
She led our bee through her process for a needle book using a pattern she designed. It was inspiring to learn new stitches and new ways of construction.
It can be inspiring to be with friends in a workshop setting, so if you are looking for your muse, seek her in a workshop.
As for this project, of course I didn't follow all the instruction but I love how it's coming out. My camera is throwing a fit so I can't take current pics of progress but will share the ones I already took.
I used perle cotton for the applique as well as embroidery. The seaweed is a fly stitch done in improv with hand dyed thread from ArtFabric, maybe size 5?? I use a self threading needle. The red perle cotton is from Metler and very smooth. The felt is hand dyed.
Here it is opened up before construction. I added the embroidery on the back, trying different threads, and stitches
Fly, fern, lazy daisy, french knots, and outline. Signed my initials with straight stitch. The book will be lined with cute fish fabric, have four pages.
It will be beaded around the outside like the one I got at Christmas...
|See the beads along the edge??|
Learning how my accomplished friend handles embroidery stitches was stimulating to my creativity.
She said she would never have considered using the bright red on a bright blue, and I wonder if she would use sequins, lol!
If you're seeking inspiration, consider taking a workshop!
ps she does not sell this pattern at the moment