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« on: July 20, 2009 03:54:27 PM »

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 Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2009 04:14:15 PM »

Those are all great! I especially love the second one.

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« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2009 04:18:11 PM »

I really like the first one - it reminds me of the Aboriginal Art I saw when I went to Australia - just missing a few crocs, snakes or roos.   Very nice though!

« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2009 04:25:06 PM »

Wow! they're gorgeous! I'm jealous of whoever got the first one you made with Alexander Henry fabric! Wink Tongue

Couldn't resist! you have a skill for random embroidery, they're beautiful! the underground one is pretty awesome too Smiley i love the tube Grin

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« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2009 06:31:41 PM »

This reminds me of the molas I got in Panama.  Here's a link about them.
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« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2009 10:38:02 PM »

WoW!  Just wow those are fantastic! Grin

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« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2009 08:18:43 AM »

Love them! They are so cool!

« Reply #8 on: July 21, 2009 12:20:06 PM »

Thanks everyone! I felt a bit lost on the train today, since that last one got done. I think I'm going to pull it apart at some stage and sew it back together- I feel like the embroidery is being a little ruined by the shoddy workmanship in the assembly Smiley

I really like the first one - it reminds me of the Aboriginal Art I saw when I went to Australia - just missing a few crocs, snakes or roos.   Very nice though!

That occured to me, too, once I'd finished it... I really should stitch something Australian inspired at some point Smiley

This reminds me of the molas I got in Panama.  Here's a link about them.

Thanks for the link-- I see what you mean! That's some amazing art (and now I have an urge to learn reverse applique, so I can try something similar Smiley )

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« Reply #9 on: July 21, 2009 01:14:54 PM »

All of them are fantastic Smiley Doodling until it is full is a good way to go!

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