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!


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

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

  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.

  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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