I told you about the secret swap for little pincushions and how much I adore small pincushions. My house is sprinkled with little pincushions and I use all of them. And I need more of them!
Luckily there was this swap. As I always make a dummy for a swap to try out the project I end up with a little project for myself too. I was so stoked to make a pincushion for my swappee and me, had all kinds of plans and inspiration too.
So trust me to get the one person in the swap who is way happier with a needle book than with a pin cushion!
A needle book it is! I made a trial and then I made the real thing and this is what I send:
pic by Pippi
In her specific colours, with a cat because she adores cats and with cocktails because she has a holiday coming up soon. It’s a needle book for Pippi Spectre! Pictures above are by her.
You know Spectre, she loves cat tea mugs and she loves cat Suus and also these colours:
She too has a wardrobe in her own palette and she too can choose anything to wear and it will match whatever else she’s wearing. It’s a very relaxed way of dressing, we both recommend it.
Where my clothes are all a little subdued, like the surface of a mountain, Spectre’s clothes all have things to make her smile. Every individual thing is remarkable! Be it the print or the texture or the handmade details or the buttons. Everywhere you look there’s something remarkable and happy making. When I see her we spend the first 15 minutes with me squealing and touching her clothes and pointing out all the lovely details.
So I put extra effort in getting the colours right and getting a little party going on. The fabric at the front I made myself, with a new to me technique on my new sewing machine: scrap quilting, for which I found an awesome tutorial at 15minutesplay.com.
This is the dummy I made for me, to try out the technique. In the self dyed Indigo linen because I am mountain:
As you see I had to learn a lot:
Spectre’s needle book is way better than this one. Especially the edge binding and the choice of batting and the closing of the needle case. It’s good I did a trial run.
Unfortunately this fabric making has now smitten me with the quilting virus …
In other news:
yesterday I finally relaxed at the cabin. I am now calm again. It took 4 days for me to wind down. Hm.
I enjoy being outside, it smells so wonderful and the little robins are singing 🙂
In the evening me and Lillepoes sit on the couch knitting:
I even made a drawing, a few sumi-é cats, one of which I send to Spectre: