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Sunday, June 30, 2019

More Hydrangeas ...

Hello my dear friends,

I can't believe that it has been quite a while again since I have posted here on Todolwen.
I must admit that I have taken a liking to Instagram a little to much lately and neglected my blog way too much. It is all to do with being able to snap a picture on my phone, write a few words and post it. But I am finally posting again today, here on Todolwen and I hope you will like what I am sharing with all of you. 

I have been busy working on some custom orders lately. I have made several new needle books embellished with my little square fabric Hydrangeas. Unfortunately my camera seems to not want to play very well lately, so my photos are not that focused but I hope that you will still be able to see how lovely they turned out.

Just like the first ones I made, I again used my favorite drop cloth, hand dyed cotton batting, seam binding and of course sari silk ribbon for the flowers.

This is the first needle book that I am sharing. 

It has a two tone pink Hydrangea on it's cover and the inner pages are in two shades of a green that is a little vibrant.

The second one, is a needle book with another two tone flower.

 This one has a blue and lilac Hydrangea on it's cover. 
The inside pages of this needle book are in two shades of a subtle green color and different to the first needle book's pages.

And last but not least, the third needle book.

This one is all about pink, a pink Hydrangea and pink inner pages. 
Unfortunately I wrapped this one up and mailed it before I thought of taking photos with my camera but thankfully I had taken a few on my phone so I can share it with you after all.

I just love making these beautiful flowers!
I actually enjoy cutting the little squares and then stitching them onto cloth and seeing the lovely blooms grow. I also enjoy making these neat needle books. Hand sewing is just my thing and has been for many years. In my next post I will have more of them to share with all of you and not just another needle book but a few new creations too that are embellished with my Hydrangeas. 

If I am not making things, I am busy otherwise these days. I have renovated my younger daughters bedroom last month and I have started a container garden again this year. I am growing three types of tomatoes. Purple brussel sprouts, squash, bush beans and peppers are also now living in large pots in our back yard. I am trying to grow all of these and hopefully it will work out. My dear friend and neighbor Lise has been such a great help to me with doing this. She was the sweetest and gifted me all of the plants and she did all of prep work too. I will take some photos and share them soon with you of my little veggie garden.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by here at Todolwen and visit me. It is always so nice when you do and I hope you will find the time some time again to do so.

And before I go ... don't forget to follow me and enter your name to my 'Christmas To Come' giveaway. I will be picking a winner this month some time. If you wish to take part, just go the my right sidebar and click on the button for the giveaway. There you can read why I do this and leave your comment to be entered.

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

Have a peaceful and creative day!


  1. ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Your work just blows my mind - always. Thank you for bringing smiles to my face.

  2. I am late getting to posting comments.
    So sorry.
    This is amazing, so beautiful.


  3. First time posting comment and it's late. My sincerest apologies. Please know that your beautiful creations are admired. Thank you for sharing.

  4. It’s a work of art. So elegant, fine work, delicate. I would love to learn how to make flowers like that.

  5. So beautiful, inspiring and practical too. I love them all.

  6. I love handsewing too, & recognize your passion! You did a wonderful job creating the hydrangeas, very innovative!! Have you ever created lilacs?? And what do you refer to as your "drop cloth??" (Peace & health!!) Sue D. in Toronto.

  7. I love handsewing too, & recognize your passion! You did a wonderful job creating the hydrangeas, very innovative!! Have you ever created lilacs?? And what do you refer to as your "drop cloth??" (Peace & health!!) Sue D. in Toronto.

    1. Hi Sue,
      Thank you for your kind words. No I have never made lilacs but it has been on my mind to try it out. When I talk about "my drop cloth" I am talking about the drop cloth that I buy at Home Depot. I love to work with it because it has a great look in my eyes. Peace and health to you too.
      Karen B.

  8. Really inspiring and beautiful. I was looking for a mobile hand sewing project to take with me to grandkids ballgames to see during haltimes and between games. These are gorgeous. Thx so much for sharing your talents/ideas. Have a lovely day.

    1. So happy you like my hydrangeas and thank you for your kind words.
      Have a lovely day.
      Karen B.

  9. What fabric are the tiny squares
    Pls reply on suebquilter@sbcglobal.net

    1. Hi there,
      I used sari silk ribbon.
      Have a nice day.