I saw this amazing work of embroidery several years ago, saved the image, and promptly lost the inspiration link. Recently, I found it again (*sigh* via pinterest, of course), and made sure to grab that sucker: http://blog.landofnod.com/honest-to-nod/2011/12/the-cover-story.html
My friend is getting out of the Air Force and moving back home to Wyoming to go to school and begin her next adventure. She heard me talk about swaps many times and suggested we do a little mini one between us! She was in need of a case for her small sized circulars & dpn's, and I was in need of an organic little cuff for my arm - the exchange was on!
She has a small business named "Knit-A-Bulls" (in addition to knitting, she is a bull rider) so I had a great idea to start:
She already had all the fabric, so I just had to figure out a pattern and incorporate the two types of needles. Inside the front cover is storage for her dpn's, with a snap flap, to keep those puppies inside where they belong:
The circulars store in the middle, each with their own snap closure, and alternating fabric:
Inside the back cover, she can keep her notes or printed patterns (we both still use hard copies of some patterns):
Originally, I designed it to be closed with a zipper - which went in REALLY well - but it left all the fabric really loosey-goosey, and the more I fought to make it work, the worse it got. After days of "fixing" my latest problem, I finally just sat back and thought about what I would tell someone else. So I ripped it all out and came up with a new closure plan. I added the flap on the inside cover (which frankly I'm not thrilled with), as well as some fun buttons and elastic to the front in order to accommodate a full or semi-full case, but still keep it all secure. Her brand name is in satin stitch, but everything else is in backstitch:
Here is my gratuitous embroidery shot - which is pretty much my favorite piece on the whole case! I kept running my hands over the threads to feel the texture. It is a different stitch than maricor/maricar's, but I like it anyway. I used 6-7 different shades of blue, which I alternated while marathoning Top of the Lake on Netflix. My mother taught me to embroider when I was young, and I still love to color with thread:
Final notes: Stabilizer can save a project. When angry, walk away. And not everything needs a zipper, even if you have the perfect one.