So yesterday was not as planned, I did not get to stitch in the garden at all. So it was almost back to Winter. However I actually sat at our kitchen table and stitched and watched the rain fall and the trees sway from side to side and the heating went back on. I almost lit a open fire I can tell you. Our heat will be back next week thank goodness and the temperature is going up again daily.
However I have finished my needle keep, yes I have my quilting foot and off I went but first there pre-loved and the history within makes me smile. Once this piece of patchwork was part of a large quilt and the scraps that made up that quilt were once dresses and shirts. It was well used and well loved until it became not fit for purpose. Then it was cut up into little bits of which I bought two. One of those bits is now the cover for my needle keep and I have added to its story.
was some hand stitching to finish. I stitched on some old lace to the old quilt cover. There are wear holes and actually a few holes in it which I simply adore. Its timeworn and
So as I said I have added some very old lace bits and some old beautiful ribbon and some vintage carved mother of pearl buttons. I have stitched in the felt pages, which if you remember I had hand embroidered with things like Pins. Embroidery needles etc and there was some buttons stitched inside as well and a tiny beautiful shell. I have started to to fill it up with the things that I would like in it.
As you can see I hand stitched on a S monogram as well and gave it a jaunty tilt to cover a large hole that may have just got so much bigger that it would have torn it all apart.. other than that it is the same piece that does not have equal sides but I love it.. It is like buying not perfect vegetables, I love this idea. Who wants everything 'perfect' .. what is perfect anyway. I like different personally and I am in love with my needle keep. It is fairly large and so tactile. I keep doing up the ribbon in a bow and undoing it ... the fabric is soft from the timeworn years and it will be used all the time.
Today I am going to see my Mum as it is the day when I meet my sister there and we spend a few hours together. I am going to take it in to show her anyway. I show her what I make and any photos that she can look at. I have made what I call my grab bag but in reality it is a great on the go stitching
It is lovely blue sky today and very few clouds, what clouds there are are little fluffy white ones and not like yesterday. Yesterday I thought of my Mums Dad. My Grandad would look at a sky with dark clouds and hardly and blue sky and say ..' not enough blue to make a sailor a shirt' ... It popped in my head from no where at all and made me smile.
So this morning before I leave for my mum the faffing of this dear needle keep will begin. Filling it with pins and needles and other bits along with some French Knots that I would like to add into it... I know! The thing is it is still speaking to me. You know my saying let your work speak for itself and it is still to me..... Not much just a few little tiny stitches...
Well that is it for today and I hope that when I get home I am able to make a little video of this dear needle keep as it will have finally whispered its last instructions to me and will be happy with its own appearance .. I am already smitten.
I hope you all have a wonderful day and that the weather stays lovely where you are. The birds are making a din out side and I believe it is the baby starlings having a bath....
Happy Stitching! XX