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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Where My Seam Binding Roses Grow ..

Hello my dear friends,

I have been busy these past few very warm days and today I am going to share with you where my seam binding roses 'grow'.

Normally my first choice of fabric would always be drop cloth but this time it wasn't.
 I had bought some lovely thick woven cotton fabric in a ever so slight off-white a few weeks ago and really wanted to use it and that's where my seam binding roses came to mind. The pretty part of making something was solved, it was the practical part I needed to think about and luckily that turned out to be easier than I thought.

 I thought of something I had made before but then I used different bits and pieces for it. I decided to recreate this piece with a whole new look and I am happy to say that it turned out quite nicely. My newest creation is now done and I am so happy to share it with you today.

A little something I am proud of ... as so many times before, this creation is completely hand sewn, no sewing machine in sight anywhere.

And this is it, my newest needle book ...

... 'Old Cottage Roses'

This needle book is a bit thicker than the ones I have made before.

That's because I have added a layer for cotton batting to the inside of the book ...

... and to give it that extra little touch, I have quilted everything.

Each rose is made from over a yard of seam binding. The color I used for this creation is called ... croquette beige. It actually has a subtle yellow/gold look to it and such a lovely one too.

I just love how the roses 'grow' on the fabric and stand out so much.

I must say, that I do like my newest creation a lot. So much so, that I think I will have to see in which other colors I can make a few more roses grow.

Thank you for taking the time to visit me today here at Todolwen and I hope you come back some time again.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day.


  1. oooooh - green-eyed with envy here! Such a pretty thing - too pretty to put anything but the finest needles and pins inside.

  2. Beautiful Karen!
    I'm a lover of seam binding and your roses are exquisite.
    Shane x

  3. Very lovely! Do you offer a tutorial of how to 'grow' these beautiful roses?

    1. Hi Jocelyne,
      yes, there is a tutorial on how to make my seam binding roses. You will find it on my tutorial page.
      Karen B. ~ Todolwen

    2. Thank you! I will go look.

  4. Love it.It's just so sweet and very very pretty.
    Hugs from Lina

  5. Just beautiful. I wish I could make roses like you do, but I don't seem to have the dexterity to create things like this. Just beautiful.

  6. p.s. Love that color of seam binding.

  7. Sooooooooooooo much more beautiful than some of the pin books I've seen.

    Love the flowers!

  8. Beautiful pin book. The roses are gorgeous! Take care. Maria

  9. Not only the roses, but the leaves! And all hand done? For someone who doesn't do needlework, this seems almost miraculous.

  10. Karen: Positively beautiful. Seam binding has many beautiful uses.


  11. Love your ribbon embroidery and your needle book.All your work is beautiful. Shirley N.Z.

  12. Its looking great Karen!

    Hugs Ines♥

  13. Happy Easter! This is just beautiful. What color is the green seam binding? I am /assuming it is from Hug Snug! It has such a vintage feel to it!! I would love to try this!!

  14. Love that green seam binding...where did you get it and what color is it?

  15. Happy Easter! This is just beautiful. What color is the green seam binding? I am /assuming it is from Hug Snug! It has such a vintage feel to it!! I would love to try this!!

    1. Hi Nancy,
      thank you and a Happy Easter to you too.
      The green ribbon is not seam binding but sari silk ribbon. It is called rose green and is a hand dyed ribbon that I had bought a few years ago on Etsy.
      Have a peaceful day.
      Karen B.