Monday, January 12, 2009

A needle Case

I have not fallen off the face of the earth. I have had the urge to re-organize my painting, etc studio. This entails going through 23 drawers, file cabinets, work table, etc. I empty each drawer and start all over. At this rate I should be done next Dec. just in time to start all over. LOL!!!! Somebody HELP ME. What was I thinking. I am such a pack rat. But I am determined. Anyway I did break away (literally) to make some needle cases this weekend. Plus a decoupage project was started. But I digress....


The needle case was made of silk dupioni and felt for the cover.
It is folded in half in photo.

The color is not that wild, I do believe my flash went off. Sorry. I lined the silk with a lite pellon interfacing and sewed around the edges as silk dupioni likes to fray. I then added some lace and a cut out felt heart.

I then did my embellishing with silk ribbon embroidery, a charm and crazy quilt stitching. Charm was added at the end. On the inside fabric on the right side I added the felt layers for the needles. Fold your fabric in half right sides together, then open and place felt on the lower half .I then layed the batting ( I used Cotton) the inside fabric (which I used a coordinating cotton print), and the cover fabric (silk dupioni) right sides together. Plus I added 2 pcs. of two sided satin ribbon for the ties. Take your time on this process, making sure you are laying them right. I call this thinking backwards. Imagine turning right side out, are the layers in the correct order. Doing this saves a lot of frustration later. ( I know ;-0 ) Remember the ribbon is all tucked inside with just the ends sticking out. Be careful to try and keep the ribbon in the center. Then sew around the edge, leaving a opening for turning. Clip corners and turn out. Press. Sew opening closed. Now you have a sweet needle case, just the right size.

This case is for a friend, so her name is embroidered on it. Now back to re-organizing. :-( !! Have a great day!!!!


Lynn said...

Such a pretty needle case Sharon :) I have never sewn with silk before, it looks lovely!

Anonymous said...

Sharon...hope you find answer to your question about the Min Wax paste wax - yes, the brown is the right one! Sorry! I probably confused everyone by saying "antique" brown. It's the wax used on dark furniture. That's what it says on my tin of it.

Diane :-) Hope this helps!

Carolina Gonzalez said...

Beautiful work!

Elizabeth said...

Beatiful needle case Sharon!! I love your embroidery touches!! I made some last year useing Fulled sweaters and then added felt pages for needles! I put needle case on the tag and you would not believe how many people had to ask me what they were used for!!!!! I was shocked. We are all doing our bit to save these needle arts from being totally lost arts!!!!
I hope that I am not the one resposible for getting you all jazzed up to tackle your space. I am making slow progress- wish taht I could just barrel through it....... Slog on Dear Friend - IT will be worth it!!!!!

beth said...

Hi Sharon, thank you. I thought maybe I'd made a terrible fauxpas with the name, but You understand.
Yes try the beeewax. I had to order the Damar resin from R&F, but maybe there is someplace closer. You have to be carefull though when heating the wax and resin, it can catch fire if you get it too hot. I'm at work right now otherwise I would look up what the temp is. But yu can Google it, thats how I found out. hey good luck, its really fun. Let me know if I can be of any help. "beth"

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Really sweet heart case for your friend! Hope your organizing goes well! I actually love doing it every so often. When I finish (well, as finished as it's going to be for a while) I get newly inspired with more creative ideas than ever. I guess it's getting that clear (sort of anyway) space to work in! Enjoy!

beth said...

Hi Sharon, your needle works is soo beautiful.Your friend is very lucky.
Thanks again for the encourgement.
There was a comment from you on my blog today, but it didn't go through, did you blog me? I couldn't find it anyway.
I'm sitting here eating 31 flavors ice cream for my sons birthday.
Shawn made US (my husband and I) dinner tonight.
He made sour dough bread from a starter he has been feeding for the past 3 months, from his baking class at school. It is delisious.
Well just wanted to say hi.

The White Bench said...

Ohhhh, this is a masterpiece! Thanks for sharing such a cutie!

beth said...

Hi Sharon,
I wanted to ask you how you got the banner for your blog. Is it one of your own picures or crazy quilts? It is so pretty.

Sharon said...

Thanks to all of you for your kind comments. I am still re-organizing, but making progress. Beth I e-mailed you on my banner. I did sneak away today for a wonderful hike at a mountain lake. More tomorrow. Plus I made 3 more needle cases in my spare time. One must create everyday or else!!!! But thanks for all your wonderful comments. I am off to never never land.

The Joy of Nesting said...

Hi Sharon,

Such a wonderful gift to give a friend. Isn't amazing how such a simple act can create such joy for another person!!? I have so much fun making a little treat for a friend then leaving it for her to find :) Never fails to bring a smile to her face and a bright spot to her day!!

Talking about small gifts bringing smiles. Thank you so much for your visit to my little "zoo" :) Please stop by again any time, there is always a fresh pitcher of Limonada in the frig.

Pattie ;)
Mazatlan Mexico

The Joy of Nesting said...

Hi Sharon,
Me again, I didn't read all your comments. Yep the RABs are sooooooo much fun. My friends Luci and Tony who have a Mexican restaurant save their bottle caps for me :) Keep me posted on what you do!! I'm thinking of creating an International RAB May Day Challenge what do you think??

Pattie ;)
Maztlan Mexico

calicodaisy said...

Very pretty!

Anonymous said...

That's a lovely needlecase. I love working with dupioni in my crazy quilting. It's just wonderful for stitching.

purplepaint said...

This is beautiful! Such delicate work. Thank you for your comments on my blog, about the chocolate - you have no idea how hard it was to finish drawing the whole pieces before I took a bite out of several! :D Marva