Sunday, March 9, 2014

A BIT OF SELF INDULGENCE

 
 
Nothing beautiful in this world is ever lost,
All things beloved live on in our hearts....forever
 
 
I love needle work accessories and having recently decide to  put into use the violet set stitched 20 years ago   The violet set was designed and stitched for a book that was published in 1995, I was allocated 8 pages  and although that sounds a lot by the time one includes charts, photos and instructions it did limit what the set could be made up of,
 
 
Here are the original set, I have replaced the silk tassels that were looking a little tatty , added some trims to the needle book and made a new scissor fob. then I decided to make all the extra pieces  I would love to have, and made them to match, of course there was a retractable tape measure, ruled out  for the first set as I could only include items that one could be sure anyone anywhere could get so there was a small bag with a tape measure rolled up inside it, this I am now using filled with lavender to keep my work nicely scented. 

 
 Some of the new pieces have included a pin whimsy, notebook and pencil, the note book cover is quite old and has been recycled with a new design on the front and the pencil has a beaded fob intended for a pair of scissors that Annette in USA sent me and its just the most perfect colour match. a small pin cushion in a walnut shell, a tiny orts box that folds up flat when not in use and a floss ring tag. Annette from californiastitcher.blog made me a lovely big zipped  pouch to carry needle work in, it was a fun project sending her the material I was using and a piece of my embroidery, and  some weeks later this lovely piece came back to me.
 
 More stitching and help from another embroiderer friend and I now have a stitcher's tray to match,  This piece was made up with my embroidery by Diane of Didi's beaded goodies I love the finish Diane gets with her trays they are really neat and flat and have pelmet Vilene inside so that they are washable. She also made another one for me recently which I sent to Annette as a thank you for making my pouch, you can see that one on her blog

 
 
I have not quite finished I can think of a couple more items that would be useful to have meanwhile here is the collection at this point of time..
 
  
 
 

15 comments:

Lynn B said...

Wow!!!!! Is all I can see, I am speechless, you make such beautiful things Lee, everything is exquisite as always, it was a plasure to see these!
Funnily enough I am just writing a blog post and including photos of the sewing set you made following my tutorial and in the middle of writing my blog lost contact with the internet, when I got back in I saw these beauties. Congratulations on such beautiful finishes.

Vickie said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! Love it all. It so enjoyable to see your mind at work!

Catherine said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

gracie said...

Once again you thrill us with your beautiful creative ability....all I will say is my oh my!

Ariadne Skyrianidou said...

What amazing things you make!What is the title of the book?ariadnesky(at)hotmail(dot)com
AriadnefromGreece!

KimM said...

OH MY GOODNESS. Not only a talented woman, but one after my own heart. I love your work. I found you via Lynn B's blog and am now a follower.
Bet,
KimM
WisdomwithNeedleandThread.blogspot.com

Merilde said...

The set is just lovely, Lee. So glad you decided to use your pieces and add to them. The trays are gorgeous and very clever. You have inspired me to get going on a set of my own!
Lori

Blu said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I love the whole set.

Annette-California said...

Every piece you created is my Favorite! The walnut pin cushion is like a bit of a tiny creation from Heaven! So so beautiful. I LOVE every piece you have made me.
love and hugs Annette

Dani - tkdchick said...

Wow! Stunning and such talent!!!

Dana Baker said...

I absolutely love these, your work is so beautiful.

Carol said...

Each and every item is a work of art, Lee!! You are so very talented :)

shirley flavell said...

It all takes your breath away, so beautiful.Oh to own such lovely pieces.Shirley

Karoline said...

Your set is stunning! I also love using the tools I make

Beaj said...

Exquisite and Gorgeous.
Your talent is amazing. Love the tray idea as well..:)