One thing in my hand sewing basket that I use a lot is my felt needle keeper. It was a party favor years ago at a quilt club Christmas party. It is getting a bit shabby, but is so useful, that I thought maybe it would be nice to make one in wool. So our Autumn Jubilee Wool stitch along will be a needle keeper, but you can use the motifs to do a little penny rug instead if you prefer. Start by cutting out the shapes from the pattern pdf below and matching them to the wool felt colors you like.
For the base, cut two pieces 8 inches x 5 inches, and round the corners.
Now, mark one of the bases with a chalk liner or other marking tool with these intervals. Begin with a one inch line from the left edge, then measure 3-1/2-inches from that line. Next measure over 2-1/2-inches, then a final line which should leave one inch to the right edge.
For the acorns, use two colors of brown, or gold, one darker for the cap.
These are really small shapes, and it helps to have a pair of microserrated scissors with sharp points to get the pieces cut out.
When you have all the leaves and acorns cut out, place on leaf on the left side within the first 1-inch area at the bottom. Arrange the rest of the leaves and acorns in the 2-1/2-inch section. Note that I decided to cut two of the red maple leaves. Choose your favorite leaf and cut two.
Stitch the motifs down using your favorite method. I like to use a whip stitch, but you can use a blanket stitch if you want to. You can start and stop with knots underneath, as this will all be covered up in the finishing.
So, work up to this point, and we’ll finish the project next time. Here is your pattern page for your stitchery spot – Wool Applique Needle Keeper Pattern
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