Sunday, 18 April 2010

DMC Pearl Cotton + 30 ct R&R Reproductions Linen = "this"

Good evening one and all. I have had a busy weekend. Saturday was spent shopping to find an outfit to wear to my niece's wedding. Success on that front - with many thanks to Rose at Cachet. Your help was much appreciated. The afternoon was spent baking - chocolate chip cookies, ginger cookies and walnut surprise slice (which will certainly be a surprise as I didn't have enough walnuts so added almonds as well!).

And finally some stitching ....While this still needs a good press and a tassel trim added the needlebook is now finished.

This needlebook was done as a class at Embroiderers Guild many years ago (2001 to be precise) and although this is the fourth one I have made I do not have one myself! How sad is that? If you look here you can see one I made in lilac some time ago. Anyway, here's the result of my first stitch on R&R Reproductions linen - I love the colour and am really pleased with finished product. Thanks again for this linen Diana - it was a real treat.

This is the front cover, and a close up shot to show you the flower which was reversed stitched three times until I found my rhythm!! The whole needlebook is done on one piece of linen and then folded and the edge picot done in a variation of nun stitch. All in all there are quite a few different stitches in this one and I enjoyed the change from cross stitching.

There are two doctors flannel "pads" inside to hold the needles (and the inside back and front covers are decorated too)

And the back has the year in Palestrina Knots as well as another "flower".

Now please don't remind me that I mentioned something about rotations to complete my UFO's!! Last night while watching the final in this years series of Midsomer Murders I started another project - this. As it is destined for a gift I cannot say much but this wrinkly shot doesn't give too many clues. This is 32 count Belfast Linen in a dark blue (much prettier than this shot) and I am stitching with DMC Perle 12 thread. So far there is nothing but foursided stitch which is MOST repetitive. I have one month to finish this and get it mailed to ...... so you watch this space for future updates.


  1. Margaret! What a beautiful needlebook! Beautiful embroidery!

  2. Your needlebook is beautiful Margaret. And how sweet of Diana to share this piece of linen with you!

  3. Your needlecase is just lovely!
    I have wanted to make a stitch a needlecase for quite a while now. Somehow or other I always get pulled away into another project.
    Yours is one of the nicest I have seen.

  4. The needlebook is beautiful and I love all that fine embroidery. I picked up some R&R Reproductions linen on eBay and fell in love with it. I have found a really good seller on eBay that stocks a great variety of counts and colours that I purchase from these days.

  5. Glad you enjoyed using the fabric I sent. I enjoyed seeing what you made with it. The needlebook is very nice.