Monday, May 10, 2010

The May Needlecase

Continuing on with my intention to work a needlecase each month, I feel quite chuffed that it's not yet the middle of May and I've got something to offer.

This was always going to be machine embroidery, but I hadn't decided whether I'd do digitized embroidery by way of my Bernina embroidery unit, or go again with some freehand machine work and mixed media/textiles. In the interests of time, and a small challenge by a very nice lady on a forum I visit, I decided to dust off the embroidery unit and swallow hard.

I just don't like this type of embroidery, or should I say I don't like DOING this type of embroidery, but I did want to try this card, as it was purchased on a throw out sale about two years ago, and not once had it been out of the packet.

The colours chosen for the embroidery were my own, differing from those given in the enclosed chart, as I wanted to use the lining fabric [and needed to have the colours matching obviously]. I just love the fabric, probably because there is a tiny hint of gold in it.

I'm happy with this effort. There is a monogrammed initial on the back, but it's just that, an initial, so no need to bother taking up space with yet another photograph. I seem to be going for red a bit, having two, and we haven't hit the half way point yet............... I am equally chuffed because I used what I had in my stash, which I hope to continue to do as I go along. Onward to June!!!


DIAN said...

This needlecase is so lovely: traditional design & colours in a vey individual way. I too am looking at my embroidery machine and thinking of things to do.

This needlebook challenge is fun.

Iceni UK said...

Linda, it is always good to try machine embroidery, you have achieved a beautiful design with the colours you have used. Very reminiscent of Elizabethan crewel work embroidery. The fabric adds to it's charm also.

It is a gorgeous needlecase.

Radka said...

Linda, it is a lovely needlecase, beautiful design and the inside fabric compliments it so well.

Anonymous said...

Its gorgeous Linda. I have never been quite into this form either but it is stunning!

JulietteCherry said...


I am enjoying following your monthly needlecases. I'm full of admiration that you can manage to do so much.

They are beautiful, I so love the colours of this latest one, and being a fan of crewel work, I especially like the way you have been able to do this with machine emboidery.