Wednesday, September 29, 2010

September Needlecase

Thankfully, September is not yet finished, and I've again managed to complete another needlecase on time.  This one started out in many different guises, but finally became something I will just call seriously crazy, and self-indulgent.  I've been hoping to make this for some time, as I have so many little things 'saved', things I've been sent by my friends, and what better place to use and display them but with crazy patchwork.  Some time ago, a very good friend sent me a small Colourstreams creative starter kit.  It had some lovely fabrics, flowers, threads, etc., mostly with a blue/purple theme.  So, the colour scheme was set from hereon in.  I have also been sent, at various times, lovely sequins, buttons, pretties by another friend.  One day you'll get the mail and there will be a little surprise parcel with yet more goodies!!!  Much of what I have used in this piece brings special memories for me, the softly coloured silk ribbon roses [the silk ribbon a gift from a Sydney friend], the dear little matte palest pink flower buttons from a Melbourne friend, the owl charm from Bundaberg.  Some threads I have used I've purchased from people who visit our area on a regular basis, dropping into our patchwork group to share their wares.  They own and run a mobile store called Seriously Crazy [aka THE RED BUS].  You can read about them on this website:

 http://easyfindguide.com.au/mackay/listing.asp?biz_id=132414

I will add a few close up shots so some of the little trinkets, beads and stitches can be seen.  I just adore this little spider [with BLING].  I've been saving him for something like this!!  He's actually a lapel pin, but fits in beautifully with the crazy patchwork mantra - must have a spider.  Okay, the must have fan is somewhere on here too!!!

I have also used threads, braids and beads I've 'accumulated' over the years.  Lots of the little beads I purchased from a lovely store which was in our local town, but sadly had to close.  The lovely plaited gold/cream braid [just visible in the very last photograph] I purchased from a store not far from here.  It has the greatest supply of knick-knacks you'd ever think of, but displayed very badly.  I would spend some serious money in there if I could just see what was actually in there!!!  My friends have heard me speak of it ad nauseum.


These photos just seem to be out of sequence to how I'd like them.  I am not used to Blogger's new way of uploading photos, so please bear with this post, as it is not the most regimented!!!
The Blogger police are not going to allow me to put my cursor where I would like it to be to finish off, so be it.  Please enjoy these photographs, I could go on, but I think you get the picture [pardon the pun!!].  I really have been wanting to do this for a long time.  I haven't 'crazied' for ever so long.




11 comments:

Judy said...

Linda, this is The Sweetest Needle book. It is a treasure! So pretty. My work tends to be a RIOT of colour, but I do admire soft, gentle colours too.Lovely!

Karyn said...

Best Needlecase Ever!!!!! Seriously linda, this is soooo pretty. They are always lovely but this is so sweet. You know i love the soft colours for crazy patchwork and this is wonderfully soft. The flower buttons are my favourite ;) They look very similar to ones I have on my crazy patchwork. LOL!

Iceni UK said...

Just so beautiful. In my mind it reflects the gentleness of Spring through the colours and embroidery you have used.
Hugs for you.

DIAN said...

Oh Linda, this is so sweet. I love the fact that you managed to incorporate so many lovely elements without it looking busy.

I am so far behind with my needlebooks but you can expect to see some soon. ( I hope)

Radka said...

I can only say the same, so, so sweet! There is a lot going on there and all the shades are very pretty and go well together. That's a thing a bout crazy patchwork, you can go a little crazy with ideas and you pulled it of beautifully:)

Sharne's Bit 'n' Bobs said...

A beautiful needlebook. You have got some wonderful embeelishments on it. I love the flower buttons.

Juliettecherry said...

Linda this one is so beautiful. I really, really love it! Also congratulations on your so effective staging.

What a lovely way to display those little treasures that we save up for "quite what", we don't know at the time we acquire them.

Jensters said...

Amazing, amazing, amazing Linda i just love the soft colours and everything about it....well done you xx

Katherine said...

Another wonderful needlecase Linda! Love catching up on what you have been creating.

Anonymous said...

You never cease to amaze me with your work Linda. The needle case is lovely from every angle. Some of the stitches you used are unique (at least to me). Can you tell me the name of the stitch you have done with the blue varigated threads and also the pink stitch (by the little owl).

You are an inspiration to me. Wow!

Cheers,
Linda A

Kitchen Benchtops Sunshine Coast said...

It is a wonderful post