sew and tell: a handstitched needlebook

Week one of handstitched class has come and gone. This week, we learned about reverse applique. I am still so excited by all the ways that this technique could be used. And all the new skills I'm learning.

needlebook

One of the projects we worked on was this needlebook, which used reverse applique surrounded by a blanket stitch to show off little peeks of the inside fabric. I love how mine turned out! My running stitches are a little uneven and shaky, but it was hard going through all those layers! Practice makes perfect, though, and I feel pretty good about my first completed class project.

needlebook

Halfway through, after doing the reverse applique and decorative blanket stitch, I switched my inside fabric as the Domestic Bliss print I was using just didn't show through as well. I had some of this Flea Market Fancy on hand and I sure do love it in this project. The bubbles in the fabric coordinate pretty perfectly with the applique shapes (and floss, which I had picked to go with the other fabric!). I'm sure the husband is happy I have some place for my needles now so that I stop cursing every time I loose one.

I'm linking this up to The Handmade Parade at There and Back!Check it out to see other handstitched projects!

P.S. I would have liked homework much more if this was the stuff we learned in school!

6 comments:

  1. It's pretty, don't you just love FMF?!?!

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  2. I love this needle book too! This is definitely going on my small project list. Caryn (clicked over from Handmade Parade)

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  3. That pink looks just great with the blue, nice and summery! I'm loving handstitched class too, it's very inspiring.

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  4. Love your needlebook {I chose the same color of felt and perle cotton :)}...I'm hoping to start mine tonight. I just finished the flocked tank...and it is oh so cute. You must try it. I'm hoping that practice makes perfect...and that it happens sooner rather than later. :)

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  5. I love your fabrics! That lining fabric is such a pop of sweetness! I wasn't going to do the needlebook but the ones I've seen have just been so cute, so of course now I'm changing my mind!
    Thanks for linking up to The Handmade Parade!

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  6. Your needlebook turned out so cute! I'm still hoping to make one for myself. Maybe I'll get to do that this week!

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