Friday, March 2, 2012

Needlebook love

For several weeks now, one of my friends has been bugging me (poke, poke) about...needlebooks.  She has a hankering to make some, and wants me to have a swap.
I've been more of a pincushion person myself...but I'm willing to change.  The pretty pincushion above is special because it is how I met my wonderful blog buddy, Angela.  She and I were in an international pincushion swap, and she was partnered with me!
You know I'm a sucker for any kind of vintage sewing notion, like the pretty little flat (above) into which you stash pins, and the little bejeweled walnut...
that opens up to hold a thimble and some pins on velvet.
I love this little holder for safety pins...I guess it could be used for needles, too, though.
It's seen a lot of use, which makes it that much more fun.
Speaking of safety pins, this little ring of pins is a treasure, to me.

This tattered needle book is from 1914...
and looks it!
When all is said and done, I discovered that I only really own one needlebook myself!
It's one I received last year on Valentine's Day, as part of a swap; my initials are sweetly sewn into the front of it!

I made a board on Pinterest about needlebooks (feel free to follow it if you have a Pinterest account.)  So many fun and pretty ones -- tons of inspiration!  And, my friend wore me down: I'll be announcing a Needlebook Swap on the Button Floozies blog next week.  You heard it here first!


Lisa said...

Oh! Don't forget about me for the swap! You know I love this stuff. :)

ejricca said...

What an annoying friend!!!!

Beth Leintz said...

I love vintage sewing notions too- but I'm a pin cushion, girl, too. I LOVE that walnut thimble holder- what a treasure.

Kathy said...

Loved looking at all the variety and that little walnut is amazing!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Aren't those cute! I'm going to check out your pinterest board.

Wendy said...

The pin cushion is just lovely! The walnut keep is fabulous! I also have a thing for pin cushions. I will be keeping a lookout for the swap announcement.

LuLu Kellogg said...

I need to make a little Halloween one!

I am sipping sugar free hot chocolate out of my little mug you sent me and I have my hand warmers on too!!


Tamatha said...

That would be a fun swap!! Love the vintage notions, especially the little gold walnut!