Did you get your wool applique done from part 1? When we left off, the motifs were stitched to the base. If you missed part 1 that has the pattern, click on Autumn Jubilee on the sidebar and go back a few posts.
Today we embellish and finish the needle keeper. Get out your stash of seed beads and other little lovelies, and add some bling to the project as you wish. For me, I put veins on the leaves with wool thread.
I did all the leaves, and left the acorns as they were.
Then I added just a few glass seed beads on the leaves.
Again note that the back is a bit of a mess, but this won’t matter.
Next, on the right edge of the top wool piece, sew three snaps. Sew the other side of the snap in position on the second lining wool piece at the edge.
On the lining side, blanket stitch two squares to hold your needles. Place them between the mid-point and the edge, at least one inch in from the short edges.
Stitch. My blanket stitch is a bit wonky, I really need to work on spacing.
When both sides are done, iron fusible webbing to the top side. Peel off the paper.
Now here is the tricky part. Make sure that the lining with the snaps has the snaps on the same edge as the single leaf on the top piece.
Now your needle case will fold over to snap closed. When you are sure you have it right, fuse the layers together.
Blanket stitch around the edge.
Inside, I now have a dedicated spot to keep my larger needles for wool work, my threader, and a few pins.
Using the wool setting with a lot of steam on your iron, press in the folds. This is one reason I only use glass beads, as the steam would melt plastic ones. All done!
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