Monday, 18 August 2008

Top of my to-do list ...

... or Why I am a Very Bad Mother


I thought it was high time I got myself a new pincushion, as this is the one I've had since childhood, and frankly, it's getting a bit decrepit - the strawberry has long since disappeared. On finding my abandoned pincushion, my little girl was thrilled and asked could she have it for her own sewing box, so naturally I let her have it.

She'd been playing around with it for some time before she piped up 'mummy I can feel a sharp bit'. Oh dear - look at what I found inside - a whole twelve needles!! I was definitely not expecting so many, and the tapestry needle and sewing machine needle came as a big surprise. What a terrible mother I am, to pass on such a lethal item to my 4 year old (my guilt has deepened since I spotted a needlebook full of needles on sale in Liberty on Saturday with a warning saying that it was unsuitable for children under the age of 14!).

So moving to the top of my to-do list for this week is a new needle book - I thought this could be a nice one that my little girl and I could work on together, as she's always keen on making little bits and pieces. A quick search for needlebooks has brought up a wealth of inspiration -

Grandma's Needlebook from Vintage Threads

Felt bird needlebook from Day to Day
Pinkie bird needlebook by misseskwittys
Embroidered needlebook by magicjessnrach
Cottage needlebook by Charm & Whimsy


Not sure what kind of designs we'll attempt yet, but I know my girl will have very definite ideas on how she wants hers to look. I've definitely resolved to stop storing my needles in my pincushion at any rate!


4 comments:

  1. Thats one of my bad habits aswell, but I have no excuse as I have 2 needlecases!

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  2. Yikes! That will be where mine have disappeared to then...

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  3. Ooops! Yes, well we all do stuff like that and still our kids survive...thank goodness! I have never heard of a needlebook - what an awesome idea.

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  4. I made my mom a cute new apple pincushion using an old red wool coat that I thrifted and then felted. So when I gave her the new one she decided to open up her old tomato, and she found something like 17 needles inside, including a sewing machine needle. The apple that I gave her has a little leaf that she can put the needles into, rather than just poking them into the apple and losing them forever.

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