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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Two Small Fabric Doilies ..

Hello my dear friends,

I am still taking it a somewhat easy with anything that has to do with heavy yard work or renovations these days but not when it comes to being creative ~ my fingers just like to be kept busy.

 On one of my recent outings in search of new treasures I found these two small round fabric 'doilies' all neat and pretty.

 They are embroidered by hand and so lovely but I really had no idea what I would use them for but that didn't stop me from buying them and taking them home. In the end I didn't even get a chance to place them in my chest of drawers where all my linen treasures are kept because an idea had pop into my mind on what I could maybe use them for. One thing I knew for sure is that I didn't want to cut these two lovely pieces up.

My idea was based on how much I just love to sew, quilt and embroider by hand, not by machine and therefore how many needles I have. So what else to create but needle books. After some trail and error and after taking my first finished design completely apart again to then start all over from scratch, things worked out perfectly the second time around.

And here are my newest creations ...

... my 'Vintage Pretties' needle books.

I made the two of them using different types of drop cloth (Lowes and Home Depot) and colors of seam binding and they both have turned out very nice in my eyes. What do you think?

 I thought that quilting the inner batting pages would add a nice little touch to this creation and it did!

Just like with my first needle book, I quilted the inner 'pages' of this needle book a little as well.

Both of my needle books are completely hand stitched by me and I am so happy with the way these two little pretties have turn out!

And since I unfortunately can't hold on to everything I make, you will be able to find these two pretties listed for sale in my Etsy shop next week some time if anyone should be interested in them.

As I am writing this post, I am already working on a few more needle books and a couple of other new ideas, so do stop by soon again and visit me here at Todolwen and see what I have been up too.

I hope you are well my dear friends and life is treating you kind.

Have a peaceful and creative day.


  1. Your hand sewing skills are exquisite! Very nice indeed.

  2. What a creative idea! They're lovely.

  3. How really lovely they are and what a fantastic idea. So very well made. Wonderful !

  4. I love them! Totally according to their names)

  5. Karen you should make these for sale. I may have some more doilies for you if needed.
    What a great idea!
    Have a great day,

  6. These are very pretty and your work is oh so lovely ~ FlowerLady

  7. A beautiful and original idea - thank you for showing us.

  8. You never cease to amaze me with your imagination combined with your talent! These are gorgeous!!

  9. I love this idea! It's perfect for pretty round doilies that you don't want to cut into...and they turned out so sweet too.

  10. How cute is that!!! I've always made mine in the rectangle book style, and quilt the outside. Will have to try out that half circle shape!!!

  11. PERFECT ... just one little word.


  12. Dear Karen what beautiful creations! I am especially fond of the sweet peas, how amazing are those darlings? I have missed seeing your wonderful designs while I was on sabbatical for 18 months and I am so looking forward to seeing what you fashion next! I have missed your lovely posts!
    Tina xo

  13. Hi Karen, such beautiful needle books.... Love ya' Patricia B