I made an eyelet needlebook last night for my Stitched In Color Handstitched class and I will say I'm getting frustrated at my seeming inability to read and follow directions! The felt piece is 1/2" inch longer on one side & got positioned sideways when I stitched the circles because I failed to double check the measurements. I had already stitched on the button, cut out the circles and done the blanket stitch before I realized this.
My first choice fabric really just didn't work - it would've looked "super hella awesome" inside but you couldn't see enough of the spots through the holes. It also wasn't wide enough but I still hadn't caught on to my problem. Next I tried a second fabric which also couldn't get me enough different colors through the circles to work, and it was also too narrow. At that point I grabbed a thing called a ruler, and quickly figured out that I better revamp the size of my lining fabric.
Limited by my felt color, my not big enough stash, needing to see SOMETHING I liked through the circle cut outs & the fact I already had a silvery button & yellow blanket stitching, I ended up using Michael Miller, Petite Point Citron. I don't have a lot to say about the fabric, I mean it matches! My cheap back up scissors really don't however...does it say something bad about me that I want to go buy scissors that match?
The one thing I did that I'm pleased with was to add a bead to the closure thread. I tried my hand at jewelry making several years back and had a bit too much fun at my first and only bead show, so I checked my boxes to see if I had anything that would work. My eye immediately fell on a bead that was both silvery like my button and greenish like everything else.
I think I will make a round book of some sort for needles and a pocket for a few skeins of floss wound onto thread bobbins, and a teeny one just for needles. I might see if I can manage to add one row of yellow floss onto the button on this one so it is more cohesive looking. So far I'm having a lot of fun with this class!
|1st choice, Alexander Henry Griffith Dot (fabricworm.com)|
|2nd choice, Salt Air Sea Garden by Cosmo Cricket|