On July 19th I’ll be flying to Vashon Island for a 16-day visit with my family there. It’s a six-hour flight, plus the time I’ll be away from home. So I’m making myself kits for needlework. Today I’ve been working on design ideas for a needle book. For the past 18 years, I’ve been using this disgraceful needle book. It’s just some pieces of felt hand-stitched along the fold.
High time I had a worthy needle book, and this would make a good small project for traveling. As I thought about ideas, I remembered the fabric postcard Sharon Boggon had made in August 2006. Inspired by her use of paisleys, I looked for some paisley fabrics of my own. I found remnants of the scarf I had cut up and embellished on my jacket and a necktie of Ernie’s I had saved. I scanned both.
After some tracing on the light box, scanning, resizing, simplifying, and other fiddling,
I now have these designs, for the front and back of the book, traced on linen fabric.
Next, choosing threads.