Crafty dame, Amy, knows I have a bit of a thing for needle books. In fact, her face was the inspiration for my Milly needle books. She has a lot of character, and that always catches my attention, so I doodled her during a VMQG meeting a while back. I liked the doodle, and made it into a needle book kit which you may recall from this post. (The three versions available in my Etsy shop: red head, blonde and purple rinse)
Last week Amy dropped me a line to tell me about this little challenge by Generation Q ezine. Oooh. Needlebooks. I’m in! The challenge involved making a felt needle book using their free toadstool pattern, available here. Not being a placid, taupe kinda girl, I of course had to take it on the bright side of life.
The next step was to develop your own pattern. I decided on a Japanese girl face. I thought she was quite sweet and innocent looking. My kids, however, immediately decided that she was “Miss Swan” from Mad TV. LOL. Not quite what I had in mind! Might be the bob hair-cut that got them going. Either way, here she is:
Inside are felt pages inside for needles. Needlebooks are quick & fun to sew up, and make great travelling needle carriers when you’re taking your stitch work on the go with you.
So what do you think: sweet and innocent Japanese girl, or crazy Miss Swan? If it’s the latter I may have to make a matching handbag mini pincushion.