A couple of weeks ago, I'd never made a needlebook.
Tonight, I finished my third:
I started with the book below, which I made for the Embroidered Tote/Bag swap. I just started stitching, with no plan, and came up with this:
I really liked stitching that one.
Of course, my Mum then mentioned that she needed a needlebook. Since she's visiting from Australia, and struggling with the London Underground system, I stitched the (zone 1) Tube map:
Because I was stitching on black felt, I had to make the Northern Line white rather than black (the two vertical lines on the right-- hardly discernible from the Jubilee line in grey on the left).
I ummed and ahhed over putting in stitches for the stations, but in the end everything I tried looked a bit rubbish, so I didn't bother.
(All three books have four "pages", and look a bit like this- although only the 1st book used hte Alexander Henry skull fabric, the other two have plain black or teal pages):
Finally, I had one piece of black felt left. I never make anything for myself, I seem to always be stitching or sewing for others. So I decided the 3rd needlebook would be this one- for me.
The full piece of stitching is in the first pic.
Details of some of my favourite parts:
Like the 1st book, I started stitching, with no plan other than to just doodle until it was full. There's probably 15 hours or more of stitching in this one. I stitched everywhere- lunchtime, on the train, on car rides, at home in front of the TV. The construction on this one is rougher than the last 2 (probably because I was in a rush to just get it finished, already, and because it was only for me), but the stitching is pretty and fun to look at.
I'm going to have to quit with the needlebooks for a while- I have to do something different!
Sorry for the rubbish photos- the two I made as gifts I took pics quickly before either packing or gifting, and couldn't wait for daylight. The third... I was just impatient. I'll take better photos when I'm actually home during the day