A few days ago I shared my share of the latest needlecase swap I participated in through Art4Mail (button on sidebar). My swap partner Chris received hers yesterday, and said she loves it. Lucky me…mine from Chris also arrived in yesterday’s mail. My package was “double the pleasure, double the fun” (do you have the Double Mint gum jingle dancing in your head now?), because it contained not only my beautiful needlecase but a celebrate fall pincushion. I was fortunate enough to be paired with Chris on both swaps. (My share of the celebrate fall swap was the acorn pincushion I shared in October.) Today I’m showcasinging both of the wonderful pieces I received. I just love Chris’ fine crafting.
Celebrate Fall pincushion…
This pincushion is crafted using wool felt and embellished with a pieced, wool felt chrysanthemum on the top, and bits of wool felt in the shape of leaves along the edge, and fine stitching. Tiny rick-rack adorns two seams. (I love, love, love the rick-rack touch.)
As if I would forget…the tag will help me remember who made this lovely pincushion! A tag is always a nice touch.
Next up…my beautiful needlecase.
Chris told me she used a pattern by Crabapple Hill. She did it great justice! Chris’ stitching and embellishing is beautiful…the fabric choices are lovely and perfect for the crazy quilt theme she used for the cover of the case. The tiny scissors she added are nothing less than darling. The pen will come in very handy for signing swap pieces. I am sure I will use this beautiful needlecase often.
Notice the ribbon embroidery flower on the left. That’s a craft I’ve not tried…but this piece has prompted me to add it to my list of things to do. Chris’ stitching is in a word…beautiful. The closure system of the case is beautiful beadwork and a button within a button…very classy!
Inside view 1…
There are ample pockets on the inside. Some are large enough to hold small templates (very quilter-friendly) and even a small ruler. One pocket is PERFECT for a tea bag. (That’s a very important feature to me.) It also has needle-keeper pages with contrasting colors of wool felt and a small pincushion sandwiching a pocket made just right for a marking pen. Chris added a pocket for a small pair of scissors (scissors included) with a ribbon to secure the scissors in transport.
Inside view 2…
This needlecase showcase would not be complete without a close-up of the darling scissors and beautiful bead closure. Aren’t they perfect?
I thank Chris for these beautiful swap shares! What a blessing to be on the receiving end of this one!
Until next time…
Me thinks it is a token of healthy and gentle characteristics, when women of high thoughts and accomplishments love to sew; especially as they are never more at home with their own hearts than while so occupied.
~Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Marble Faun, 1859
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