Tagged: needle book

Mar 24

Liberty bead workshop winner


I sneakily announced the winner yesterday, but so well hidden down in the comments that you probably didn’t see it. So, here’s the official gold envelope moment. [Cue drumroll] The upcycled bead was, in fact, … #4! Yes, the red one slap bang in the middle!

It was guessed correctly by the very first commenter, the keen-eyed Cat. Well done! If you can’t get to the workshop next Thursday, Cat, you can have a Liberty bead necklace kit instead. Just let me know which you’d prefer.

A big thank you to everyone else who took the time to guess, and commiserations to anyone who got the right answer but too late. Another time!

Liberty bead necklace

That particular piece of Liberty lawn, in a pattern named Matilda, came from a handmade blouse found in a local charity shop.  Here’s a glimpse of it.

Liberty Tana Lawn in Matilda

Blouse picked up at the charity shop

Maybe you wouldn’t have cut it up. I’m not sure I should have. But it was relatively cheap. And the making up wasn’t fabulous. It will certainly make an awful lot of beads. I also used a swatch of it when I made my everyday needlebook a while back. I tote it to workshops etc so gets hard wear. It’s the same one featured over here.

My scuzzy everyday needlebook

Matilda scrap on needlebook

If you’re interested in coming along to a Liberty bead necklace workshop, two are currently scheduled: Thursday 29th March (still spaces!) and one for Friday 18th May (each link take you straight to the bookings page). Both are morning sessions, 10.30am-1.30pm, here in Bath at Crockadoodledo, Larkhall’s lovely pottery-painting studio. Further details on my Classes page.

Tana lawn with wooden bead

One for the necklace

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Jun 28

Scrap of the Week #3

Here’s a sneaky peek at a little line of needle books I’m making for the It’s Darling fair on 17th July. The fabric on the front is from Liberty’s Tana Lawn range, one of my favourite fabrics of all time. I don’t know the name of this particular design (oh, how informative I’ve been lately!) though it is typical of the cherishable fine cotton florals created by Liberty over the years. My needle books will vary, depending on the scraps available in my supply.

Needle book

Liberty lawn-fronted felt needle book

As an aside, I gave this very needle book to an American Twitter buddy I met in Bath last month. She happened to be passing through so we hooked up – such is the curious power of social media – and I’m so glad we did!

Needle book - open

Open needle-book

I wasn’t happy with my choice of white stitching on the front here but didn’t have time to change it; how we sewists stitch in haste and repent at leisure. The ones at the fair will, of course, be delectably perfect.

Making a felt needle book

My trusty Singer 221k and needle book

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